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Endowed chairs and extraordinary programs

Endowed chairs are financed for a specific period, generally either five or ten years, by a donor. After the donor’s aid to the professorship expires, the professorship is maintained by the university. Endowed professors have the same rights and obligations as other tenured professors and are not obligated to follow instructions issued by the donor.

Extraordinary program professorships are professorships that are funded based on special programs with public resources (e.g., from the DFG or the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) during a specific period.

At present, the following endowed chairs and extraordinary program professorships are being financed at Freie Universität Berlin.

  • Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry
    Integrative Structural Biology
    Univ.-Prof. Sutapa Chakrabarti
  • Friedrich Meinecke Institute of History / History of Latin America
    Global History
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Goebel
    Einstein Stiftung Berlin
  • East Asia and Middle East / Institute of Chinese Studies
    Didactics of Chinese and Chinese Language and Literature
    Prof. Dr. Andreas Guder
    Hanban. Confucius Institute Headquarters
  • East Asia and the Middle East, Chinese Studies
    Culture and history of Asia with a Focus on Religion
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Meyer
  • Institute of Theater Studies  / Musicology
    New music from the 20th century to the present
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Camilla Bork
    Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung

  • Institute of Theoretical Physics
    Computational Molecular Biophysics
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Cecilia Clementi
    Einstein Stiftung Berlin
  • Institute of Sociology
    Political Sociology with a Focus on Social Movements and Conflicts
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Swen Hutter
  • Institute for Media and Communication Studies
    Journalism and Communication Studies with a Focus on Digitization and Participation
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christoph Neuberger
    Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
  • Institute of Sociology
    Sociology with a Focus on the Sociology of Gender
    Prof. Dr. Kathrin Zippel
    Einstein Stiftung Berlin
  • Institute of Parasitology and Tropical Veterinary Medicine
    Parasitology, Focus on Arachno Entomology
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ard Nijhof
    Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)