The Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies offers up to one year of research support at the Freie Universität Berlin and is open to scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on the period since the mid-18th century. Applicants for a dissertation fellowship must be full-time graduate students who have achieved ABD status by the time the proposed research stay in Berlin begins. Also eligible are Ph.D.s who have received their doctorates within the past two calendar years. As our program is able to offer a couple of different fellowships, please read the information carefully. Fellowships are awarded for a period between ten to twelve months and must be held for a single continuous period. Approximately fourteen fellows are selected. The number of reapplications for each fellowship category is limited to two.
We are happy that our partner, the German Studies Association (GSA), has again secured funding for two additional postdoc researchers for our program from the Max Kade Foundation for 2018/19. The Max Kade Berlin Fellowship offers a stipend of $20,000 for a research stay in Berlin for 10 to 12 months. The support covers living and travel expenses. Eligible are U.S. citizens who have received their doctorates in the last two calendar years. All applicants must submit an application to the Berlin Program and will be considered in the same applicant pool.
Starting with the academic year 2019/20, the Berlin Program is pleased to offer two additional dissertation fellowships — the Kerstin Leitner Berlin Fellowships — for 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. The Kerstin Leitner Berlin Fellowship has a value of EUR 1400 per month and carries a travel reimbursement of EUR 1200 (maximum). In case of equally qualified candidates, female applicants will be given priority.
As the different fellowship vary slightly in their eligibility criteria and profile, we ask applicants to read the information in the respective section.