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Support for Junior Researchers

Freie Universität Berlin is committed to the development and success of outstanding early career researchers. The university offers a stimulating environment characterized by interdisciplinarity and internationality where junior researchers can find inspiration for their own research.

Freie Universität Berlin is committed to the development and success of outstanding early career researchers.

Freie Universität Berlin is committed to the development and success of outstanding early career researchers.
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Structured doctoral programs where graduate students can do research within a specific program are an essential part of this training environment. The number of doctoral programs at Freie Universität has increased steadily in recent years. They are grouped under the umbrella of the Dahlem Research School (DRS), which was established in 2006. Since then, it has become Freie Universität’s center for early career researchers. The DRS supports the programs in a variety of ways, guarantees uniform quality standards and procedures, provides individualized advice, and has set up a comprehensive qualification program for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers.

Freie Universität cooperates closely with its regional partners in the areas of research and the promotion of young researchers. The facilities for the promotion of young researchers at the three major universities in Berlin also work together in many different ways. Some of the doctoral programs are offered jointly by more than one of the universities, and there are also common quality standards as well as procedures for admission and evaluation. Within the framework of the Berlin University Alliance, the universities plan to increase these types of cooperation.

In addition, Freie Universität maintains close working relationships with Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the joint medical school of Freie Universität and Humboldt-Universität, as well as numerous non-university research institutions in Berlin and Brandenburg. Within these networks, junior researchers can become a part of a broader academic community early on.