The Berlin Program is a residential program which offers a stimulating academic environment at one of German's leading research universities, Freie Universität Berlin. Fellows are therefore obliged to be in residence in Berlin, are expected to participate in the program's research colloquium and to establish regular contacts with scholars in their field.
Research colloquium: Central to our program is our multidisciplinary research colloquium in which fellows are required to present their work once during their fellowship and which is run in German.
Research travel necessary for the projects is endorsed, but should not conflict with the dates of our colloquium schedule.
Fellowship periods: All fellowships provide ten to twelve months of support and must be held for a single continuous period.
Reapplications: The number of reapplications for each fellowship category is limited to two.
Number of awards: Approximately fourteen fellows will be selected.
ELIGIBILITY: As our program offers several fellowships, please read the eligibility criteria for the fellowship you are applying for carefully.
Berlin Program Fellowships (Dissertation & Postdoc)
Eligible are U.S. and Canadian nationals, permanent residents (Greencard holders) and long-term residents (applicants whose main residence was North America for several years directly in one consecutive period before this applications and who have who have received previous academic degrees - B.A. or M.A. - or worked in North America). Long-term residents should include material to document their status. U.S. and Canadian nationals will be asked to provide documents of proof if their application is successful.
Applicants for a dissertation fellowship must be full-time graduate students at a North American university, must have completed all coursework required for a Ph.D. and must have achieved ABD status (all but dissertation) by the time the proposed research stay in Berlin begins.
Applicants for a postdoctoral fellowship must be Ph.D.s who have received their doctorates from a North American university within the past two calendar years.
Max Kade Berlin Fellowship (Postdoc Fellowships)
Eligible are U.S. citizens only who have received their doctorates in the last two calendar years.
All U.S. citizens applying for a postdoc fellowship will automatically be considered for both postdoc funding opportunities.
Kerstin Leitner Berlin Fellowships (Dissertation Fellowships):
Eligible are Ph.D. candidates from Malawi and China's inner provinces, e.g. Gansu, Shaanxi, Hubei. Applicants must be full-time graduate students enrolled in a Ph.D. program and have preferably completed all coursework before their fellowship begins.
If you decide to apply, give yourself plenty of time to prepare the material.
Our 2019/20 competition is now closed. Information and forms for the 2020/21 will be available in the fall of 2019.