Berlin Program Fellowship Competition 2023/24 (Deadline December 1, 2022)

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December 1, 2022
Subject Fields: 
European History / Studies, German History / Studies, Humanities, Political Science, Social Sciences

The Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies offers fellowships in support of dissertation research at Freie Universität Berlin— one of Germany’s leading research universities. It is open to scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on German and European history since the mid-18th century. Under the umbrella of our program, we offer:

Berlin Program Dissertation Fellowships: Fellowships for dissertation research are EUR 1400 per month. In addition, the program reimburses costs for transatlantic travel up to a maximum of EUR 1200. 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 (all but dissertation) status by the time the proposed research stay in Berlin begins.

Kerstin Leitner Berlin Fellowships (Dissertation): This opportunity is a year-long fellowship (12 months), has a value of EUR 1400 per month and carries a travel reimbursement of EUR 1200 (maximum). Eligible are Ph.D. candidates from China and Africa. Scholars from China’s central provinces (e.g. Gansu, Hubei, Shaanxi) or Southern Africa (e.g. Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe) are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student in a Ph.D. program in a humanities or social science discipline at a university in Africa or China.

The program offers a stimulating academic environment that combines excellent research opportunities with intellectual and cultural interaction. With its four universities, 60 research insti­tutes and numerous state and national archives, Berlin is one of the most diverse and prolific centers of higher education and research in Europe.

Our research colloquium—which is run in German—serves as a central meeting point for all fellows to share and discuss their work. Guided by eminent scholars each semester, the colloquium provides the benefit of being part of an multidisciplinary, multinational group of researchers. Fellows are supported by program staff to assist them before and during the research stay.

The Berlin Program is a residential program based at Freie Universität Berlin and administered in close cooperation with our North American partner and co-sponsor, the German Studies Association (GSA)— the largest professional association of scholars, professionals and students who focus on the study of German-speaking Europe ( The fellowships are sponsored by Freie Universität Berlin, German Studies Association/Max Kade Foundation, Ernst-Reuter-Gesellschaft/Kerstin Leitner.

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Contact Info: 

Karin Goihl, Wissenschaftliche Koordinatorin 

Freie Universität Berlin