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Graduate Schools and Research Training Groups - Interdisciplinary Research within a Structured PhD Program

Freie Universitaet Berlin offers a number of highly demanding doctoral programs to young researchers from all over the world.

Graduate schools, and Research Training Groups offer structured programs for obtaining a PhD and are led by groups of professors. They are primarily of interest for interdisciplinary research themes.

Graduate students in these programs are expected to complete their PhD within three years.

Doctoral programs are mostly taught in English, some only in German.

The programs have their own application deadlines which can be found on their respective homepage. For some programs, short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview. 

If you would like to get admission to one of these programs, contact the coordinator of the respective program in Berlin directly. You could either apply for a scholarship provided by the respective program or try to enter the program as a CSC scholarship holder.


Dahlem Research School

Natural & Life Sciences

Berlin Mathematical School

Berlin-Brandenburg School for Regenerative Therapies

Berlin School of Integrative Oncology

Biomedical Sciences

GeoSim: Explorative Simulation in Earth Sciences

Graduate School Plant Sciences

IMMUCO - Chronic inflammatory diseases

International Max Planck Research School for Computational Biology and Scientific Computing

Materials Science for Solar Energy Conversion

Molecular Science

MyoGRAD - International Research Training Group for Myology

Humanities & Social Sciences

Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Science (BDPEMS)

Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies

Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies

Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies

Doctoral Program in Business Research

Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies

Graduate School of East Asian Studies

Graduate School of Global Politics

Graduate School of North American Studies

History and Cultural Studies

Interart Studies

Languages of Emotion

Latin American Studies from a Comparative and Transregional Perspective

Notational Iconicity - On the materiality, perceptibility and operativity of writing

Research on Organizational Paths (Pfadkolleg Research School)

Max Planck International Research School Berlin (IMPRS)

IMPRS for Complex Surfaces in Material Science

IMPRS for the Life Course: Evolutionary and Ontogenetic Dynamics

IMPRS for Infectious Diseases and Immunology

Further Doctoral Degree Programs

Leibniz Graduate School of Molecular Biophysics

Leibniz Graduate School of Dynamics in New Light

Graduate Center of Economic and Social Research