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HONORS Fellowships


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.

Call for Applications for DRS HONORS 2016-2


The HONORS Program aims to support junior researchers in the transition to their first postdoctoral position or in developing their own research project for their first third-party funded research project. During the program, fellows receive extensive personalized support along with access to the DRS professional qualification programs, with the objective of aiding fellows in developing their own research project and obtaining longer-term funding or to apply for a postdoctoral position.


Candidates may apply if they are members of one of the doctoral programs of Dahlem Research School and

  • they have submitted their dissertation or defended their dissertation no longer than 6 months before the application deadline
  • they completed their doctoral studies within 3.5 years (time between begin of studies and submission of dissertation). In exceptional circumstances a duration of up to 4.5 years may be accepted.
  • their supervisor provides a reference letter in which the quality of the dissertation is evaluated
  • they are supported by a professor of Freie Universität Berlin who agrees to act as scientific advisor during the time of the fellowship
  • they have developed and propose an interdisciplinary and innovative research project

In order to strengthen the academic networks of Freie Universität Berlin, collaborative research projects with existing or potential partner institutions are highly welcome.


The DRS Postdoc Fellowship Program includes a monthly allowance made up of a base amount (1,750 Euros) and a monthly fixed allowance for direct project costs of 250 Euros as well as access to the professional qualification programs delivered by Dahlem Research School.