Success in the Excellence Initiative and the Excellence Strategy

Freie Universität Berlin is one of eleven German Universities of Excellence. The university first won this title in 2007 in the German government’s first Excellence competition to promote research at German universities. This status was re-confirmed in June 2012, when the university won special funding for its future development strategy, “Veritas- Justitia - Libertas. International Network University.”

Freie Universität has also submitted proposals in the Excellence Strategy, the German government’s successor to the Excellence Initiative. Five cluster initiatives submitted full proposals. The funding decisions will be announced in September 2018.

All the Cluster initiatives are based on structures that were already successfully established within the Excellence Initiative. In the Excellence Strategy Freie Universität will be working more closely with Humboldt-Universität and Technische Universität as well as with Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. These institutions plan to apply together in the Universities of Excellence funding line.


Funding Calls



Strong Networks in Research and Teaching

Freie Universität’s institutional strategy focuses on systematically refining its networks in the areas of research, support for early-career researchers, and internationalization.

Excellence Clusters


Cutting-edge Research in Alliances

Freie Universität Berlin participates in four clusters of excellence, where cutting-edge research topics are investigated in interdisciplinary groups together with partners in the Berlin-Brandenburg region.

Graduate Schools


Good Prospects for Early-career Researchers

Graduate schools with their structured doctoral programs provide young researchers with an outstanding research environment and facilitate early integration into the academic community.