Early Career


Training Network
Training Network

Freie Universität Berlin is committed to the development and success of outstanding junior researchers. The underlying concept of the university’s training network is to promote the enhancement of academic career continuity through comprehensive career development. The training network aims at creating a stimulating training environment in interdisciplinary research networks on international level.

In 2006, Freie Universität Berlin implemented the Dahlem Research School (DRS)  as a clear commitment for structured doctoral education. DRS functions as a central umbrella for different types of structured doctoral programs and is positioned at the center of the university’s Training Network for doctoral education. It has developed coherent standards for its member programs and implemented a complementary and comprehensive qualification and training program.

It is crucial for junior researchers to be part of a network at an early stage in their career. Through its comprehensive network structures, Freie Universität Berlin supports junior researchers in building up a strong professional profile and by this laying the foundations for a successful career. In this context, the Training Network of Freie Universität Berlin draws extensively on its Regional and International Networks.

Doctoral candidates and postdocs are part of specific doctoral programs, Focus Areas or clusters of excellence, which provide a forum for collaborative research and scholarly discussion. They come together regularly for colloquia and courses. These common activities enable new perspectives and encourage exchange.

Many doctoral programs and other joint research projects are organized by Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with its regional partners. Training is thus not only provided by the staff of Freie Universität Berlin but also in the context of its partners. Through the Regional Network and the International Network of partners, junior researchers at Freie Universität Berlin can become a part of a broader academic community early on.