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Incoming Postdoc Fellowships

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Program co-funded by the European Union


Dahlem Research School at Freie Universität Berlin has established a research fellowship program to provide funding for outstanding postdoctoral researchers from all disciplines and nationalities to conduct their own research project at Freie Universität Berlin.The program supports highly-qualified postdoctoral researchers and integrates them into one of the university’s research groups in an early phase of their career.

Last year, the program offered 20 incoming POINT fellowships funded by the German Research Foundation and the European Commission. POINT fellows will be integrated in one of the universities Excellence Projects or will conduct their research projects in one of the universities research Focus Areas.


The aim of the DRS Postdocs Fellowship program is to support fellows in their further career development and the transition to the next career step at Freie Universität Berlin.

Target Group

POINT Fellowships are open to postdoctoral researchers from all disciplines and nationalities with at least two years of research experience outside Germany, who cmpleted their doctoral degree no longer than six years ago. To apply, candidates have to propose a research plan based around the research fields/ key topics of the participating Excellence Projects or Focus Area.

Female postdoctoral researchers and returnees from phases of international, inter-sectoral and/or non-academic mobility (such as researching outside Germany, working for industry or after a career break e.g. due to family reasons) are specifically encouraged to apply.


The fellows will be employed via full employment contracts according to the current collective agreement for the public sector of Berlin, carrying social benefits such as pension and social security, and subject to normal taxes. In addition to their salary they will receive

  • a one-off travel allowance

  • a monthly mobility allowance

  • a monthly research allowance

  • a fully funded intensive German course

  • a tailored qualification program delivered by Dahlem Research School