A well-directed approach to the promotion of highly motivated and gifted young academics is one of the three mainstays of Freie Universität’s institutional concept. The programs of Freie Universität aim to attract the best international young scholars and therefore yield an important impact on its research profile.
In contrast to the traditional German system of graduates being left to single-handedly design their research progress, often lacking regular exchange with peers or advisors, Freie Universität has set out to develop innovative, coordinated programs for the completion of doctoral degrees. We believe the basis for educating outstanding young academics and scientists lies in granting utmost freedom for the pursuit of ideas, combining personal liberty with strong individual support from academic advisors, and establishing a multitude of opportunities for disciplinary and interdisciplinary networking with young academics as well as seasoned scholars.
In order to create the most productive, inspiring, and concentrated environment for doctoral candidates, Freie Universität has established Dahlem Research School (DRS). This institution provides a framework for Freie Universität’s outstanding graduate programs, guaranteeing equally high standards of quality for all of them. All the doctoral programs under the umbrella of DRS encourage graduates to pursue their studies with a high degree of autonomy and independence. At the same time, they ensure appropriate supervision by faculty members from the respective departments and opportunities for regular peer reviews with other candidates. To foster the career chances of young researchers both on the academic job market and in the economy, courses in transferable skills are integrated into the curricula.
Dahlem Research School thus embraces the previously unconnected doctoral programs of the university and helps to establish a network of highly qualified young researchers.