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Berlin Program Fellows at the Bundeskanzleramt with architect Charlotte Frank
Berlin Program Fellows at the Bundeskanzleramt with architect Charlotte Frank Image Credit: Berlin Program

The Berlin Program is a residential program which offers a stimulating academic environment at one of Germany’s leading research universities. Our biweekly research colloquium serves as a central meeting point for Fellows to share, discuss and support each other’s work. Through our multidisciplinary advisory committee of professors from all universities in Berlin and Potsdam, the Berlin Program has strong ties to many academic institutions. All Berlin Program Fellows are enrolled, are granted library privileges and have access to all university services.

Established in 1986 at the Freie Universität Berlin, the program has helped educate some of the most eminent scholars in the field who now teach at major research universities in North America. Essential to the program’s mission is our close cooperation with our North American partner, the German Studies Association ( Each year, our Summer Workshop, the GSA Distinguished Lecture as well as our Alumni Panel at the GSA Conference provide a forum for scholarly exchange between fellows, alumni and the academic community in Berlin and beyond.

Berlin Program events in recent years have been:

  • Alumni Panel 2014: Integration in Theory and Practice, 1960-2010
  • Summer Workshop 2014: Virtual Germans
  • GSA Distinguished Lecture 2014: Orientalism and the Classical Tradition in Germany
  • Alumni Roundtable 2013: Studying Memory: Methodologies and Tools for Research
  • Summer Workshop 2013: Germany Looks East
  • GSA Distinguished Lecture 2013: Old Glory und Berliner Bär. Die USA und West-Berlin 1948–1994
  • Alumni Panel 2012: A New Era of German Bevölkerungspolitik? Legacies and Myths in German Discourses on Demography