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Freie Universität Berlin - China Scholarship Council


Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) signed agreements (2008 and 2013) for promoting high quality research opportunities for doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers from outstanding Chinese universities. With more than 200 CSC scholarship holders, Freie Universität Berlin is one the most important host university in Germany and is a major partner university of the CSC. The program includes all fields of studies at Freie Universität Berlin (no engineering programs at FUB).

The Beijing Office of Freie Universität Berlin, founded in 2007, acts as a bridge connecting professors of Freie Universität Berlin and Chinese CSC applicants in the framework of the FUB – CSC Program:

Professors of FUB who are interested in supervising Chinese PhD students or postdoctoral researchers, are offering certain PhD and postdoc positions. Chinese candidates can than apply to the FUB Beijing Office for one of these open positions.

Each year in September, Freie Universität Berlin offers an extensive number of open PhD and postdoc positions in a variety of research areas for CSC candidates who want to conduct their research in Berlin with a CSC scholarship. Around 50 positions with descriptions of PhD and postdoc projects are listed in the FUB – CSC Program for starting PhD and postdoc research at the FUB in September 2016.

It is very helpful to read all the information concerning the PhD program before you contact us.

Calls for applications to FUB – CSC PhD Program 2016 (Start in Berlin: September 2016)

The information brochure of the FUB – CSC PhD Program is available online. 

  • Why you should apply for the FUB – CSC Program

Apart from having the chance to perform doctoral studies and postdoctoral research at a top German research university, CSC scholarship holders are provided a number of additional benefits, only offered by Freie Universität Berlin for FUB – CSC Program scholarship holders:

  • Support with the visa application process

  • Support with arranging accommodation in Berlin

  • Support with registration as a PhD student at Freie Universität Berlin

  • Two-days Pre-Departure Seminar in Beijing in June 2016, including Q+A sessions with Alumni of Freie Universität and CSC representative

  • Orientation week at Freie Universität Berlin in September 2016

  • Supporting with registration to a six-weeks German crash course at Freie Universität Berlin, offered in September 2016

  • Access to free German and English language courses throughout the entire research stay at Freie Universität

Here you can find the reports about the Pre-Departure Seminars, intercultural training organized for the CSC scholarship holders:

Report about the Pre-Departure Seminar 2013

Report about the Pre-Departure Seminar 2014

Report about the Pre-Departure Seminar 2015

Report about the Pre-Departure Seminar 2016