Internal Programs at Freie Universität

The internal programs at Freie Universität that provide funding and support to junior scholars and scientists are aimed at various different groups of candidates who have completed their doctoral studies and embarked on career paths leading to professorship positions.

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The Research Commission is a joint commission of the Academic Senate and the Executive Board of Freie Universität Berlin that serves to provide internal support for research. Allocation of funding is intended to enable the development of new research projects and support junior scholars and scientists in their academic careers.

The DRS HONORS Fellowship Program offers up to 10 fellowships annually, each lasting 12 months. It is aimed at candidates who have submitted their doctoral thesis in one of the DRS doctoral programs. To apply, candidates are expected to propose an independently developed research project that will be supported by their prospective scientific advisors at Freie Universität Berlin. Applications that include collaborative research with existing or potential partner institutions are strongly encouraged.

For deadlines and application details please visit:

The DRS Postdoc Fellowship program of the Dahlem Research School addresses postdocs of all nationalities and disciplines. The DRS Incoming Postdoc Fellowships POINT/REGAIN enables them to carry out innovative projects in a stimulating research environment in one of the Excellence Programs or Focus Areas of the Freie Unviersität Berlin. The research projects are proposed by the fellows on a research area of their own choice, based on the research fields of the participating Excellence Program and Focus Areas. The program is designed to facilitate the integration of the fellows in joint research projects and to stimulate new co-operations in their research fields. The fellows are supported to submit a grant application at a national or international funding organization by the end of the program for a subsequent project at the Freie Universität.

For further details regarding the DRS Postdoc Fellowship program and current calls please visit the webpage of the Dahlem Research School.

Sponsors German Research Foundation and European Commission, FP7-People Marie Curie Actions
Duration 18 Months
Funding Fellows receive an employment contract according to the collective agreement for the public area of Berlin (TV-L FU), monthly mobility alllowance, travel alllowance, research allowance, access to the DRS qualification program and the mentoring program
  • Researchers holding a PhD (max 6 years of postdoc experience)
  • The intended research proposal has to fit with regard to the research areas represented by each of the Excellence Programs or Focus Areas
  • postdoctoral researchers  of all nationalities and disciplines
  • < 12 months resident in Germany within the last 36 months
Call once a year


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As part of the university’s career path model, the funding line Dahlem International Network PostDocs aims at providing excellent junior researchers at Freie Universität Berlin with funding for a period of 24 months. A minimum of six months of research is followed by usually 4-6 months at a university abroad or a local non-university research institution. This stay is aimed at strengthening regional and international networks and at enabling researchers to gain the qualifications necessary for furthering their career at Freie Universität. After the stay abroad, a reintegration phase at Freie Universität of at least six months is required. The target group for this funding line consists of junior researchers with an outstanding academic record who have gone through graduate training or a postdoc period at Freie Universität Berlin and who will contribute to sharpening the university’s profile by working in current coordinated projects (Focus Areas, Clusters of Excellence, Graduate Schools, SFBs, etc. of Freie Universität). We strongly encourage female researchers to submit their application.

Junior researchers who have received their doctoral degree not more than three years ago and who are currently either employed by Freie Universität or who are receiving a grant or a fellowship from it are eligible. Junior researchers who are not currently linked to Freie Universität Berlin in such a manner but have been within the last six months may also apply.

The application deadline is January 15, 2015. This is likely to be the last announcement round of the funding line.

Please download the corner stones of the funding line here.

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The percentage of professorships held by women is still very low in most departments. To support women on the path to becoming professors, the office of the Chief Gender Equality Officer of Freie Universität Berlin has launched the W1 salary grade program for female junior professors as part of the Berlin Equal Opportunity Program (Berliner Chancengleichheitsprogramm). Click here to learn more.

The W2 salary grade program offers female scholars and scientists the opportunity to apply for W2-grade professorships for a limited period. These positions require matching funding from the specific department involved. For further details on the program, the application criteria, and how to apply, please click here.

For a list of currently advertised professorships and junior professorships within the departments or other university institutions, please see the job postings section (Stellenanzeiger) of Freie Universität.

"ProFiL. Professionalisierung für Frauen in Forschung und Lehre: Mentoring – Training – Networking" is an inter-university program for highly qualified female scholars and scientists on their path to becoming professors. The program is jointly sponsored by Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and the University of Potsdam. For further information on the program, please click here .

Dorothea Jansen
Wissenschaftlichen Koordinatorin
ProFiL-Programm, Technische Universität Berlin VP31
Straße des 17 Juni 135, 10623 Berlin
Tel.: (030) 314-29 304

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Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin operates its own mentoring program to support and assist outstanding female junior scholars and scientists in the field of medicine in their personal development and professional careers.

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Last Update: May 23, 2015