Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) signed agreements (2008 and 2018) for promoting high quality research opportunities for doctoral students from outstanding Chinese universities. With more than 400 CSC scholarship holders, Freie Universität Berlin is one of the most important host universities in Germany and is a major partner university of the CSC. The program includes all fields of studies (except engineering programs) at Freie Universität Berlin.
The Beijing Office of Freie Universität Berlin acts as a bridge connecting professors of Freie Universität Berlin and Chinese CSC applicants in the framework of the FUB-CSC Program: Professors of FUB who are interested in supervising Chinese PhD students, offer certain PhD positions. Chinese candidates can then apply to the FUB Beijing Office for one of these open PhD positions.
Each year, end of September, Freie Universität Berlin will publish an extensive number of open PhD positions in a variety of research areas for CSC candidates who want to conduct their research in Berlin with a CSC scholarship. Around 30 positions with descriptions of PhD projects are listed in the FUB-CSC Program 2019 for PhD research at Freie Universität Berlin, commencing in October 2019.
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For cheching your Eligibility regarding the CSC scholarship, it is important to contact the CSC coordinator at your university / research institute or your superiors at your workplace. Please check also the information on the terms and conditions of the CSC scholarship on the website of the CSC (www.csc.edu.cn) before you apply for one of the offered PhD positions of the FUB-CSC Program.
Apart from having the chance to perform doctoral studies at a top German research university without the charge of tuition, CSC scholarship holders receive a number of additional great benefits, offered by Freie Universität Berlin solely for FUB-CSC Program scholarship holders:
Support with the visa application process
Support with arranging accommodation in Berlin
Support with registration as a PhD student at Freie Universität Berlin
Access to free German and English language courses throughout the entire research stay at FUB
Each year in June, the Beijing Office organizes a Pre-Departure Seminar in Beijing, only for the CSC scholarship holders of the FUB-CSC PhD Program. The seminar provides extensive information on Germany, Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin. German and Chinese professors as well as alumni of FUB share their experiences, and representative from the CSC and German sciences organisations inform about opportunities for future research fundings.