Veritas - Justitia - Libertas. International Network University

Freie Universität Berlin was selected as a university of excellence in the German government’s national Excellence Initiative in 2007. During the second funding round, in June 2012 Freie Universität was again selected as a university of excellence, making it one of six universities in Germany to have gained this seal of approval in both rounds. The award is connected with extensive grant money through 2017. Overall Freie Universität will receive roughly 121 million euros over the next five years to implement its institutional development strategy as well as to set up or continue to operate three clusters of excellence and seven graduate schools where the university is either the host university or one of the involved partners.

Call for Nominations: Dahlem International Network Professorship for Gender Studies

The call for nominations for the Dahlem International Network Professorship for Gender Studies at Freie Universität Berlin is now open. Starting in the winter semester of 2016/17, the Professorship can be awarded for one or two consecutive semesters. It aims to attract international researchers of outstanding academic achievement in the field of gender studies to existing research projects from any discipline at FU Berlin. Nominations are invited from professors, heads of gender studies research projects and spokespersons for interdisciplinary collaborative research projects. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2016.


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.