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Doctoral Fellowships at the International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE)

The International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE) is a joint international PhD Program of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the University of Michigan, the University of Virginia, and the University of Zurich.

The goal of the Research School is the study of the systematic changes in human behavior over evolutionary and ontogenetic time. The general approach is aimed at advancing the behavioral and social science of human development. LIFE takes an integrative and interdisciplinary approach to understanding human development in a changing world, connecting evolutionary, ontogenetic, historical, and institutional perspectives. The focus is on the evolution and interaction of individual and institutional development.

The curriculum combines psychology, educational science, neuroscience, and biology, focussing especially on the dynamics of human behavior on different time scales.

The target groups of the Research School are international post-diploma or post-master's graduate students who intend to pursue a doctorate in one of the relevant disciplines (biology, computer science, economics, educational science, neuroscience, psychology, sociology). As a collaborative Research School, LIFE offers unique training in the dynamics of human behavior on different time scales and includes opportunities for research abroad at one of the cooperating institutions. The training program involves seminars, a series of academies, and collaborative supervision of research training.

The advertised fellowships will all be located at the three collaborating institutions in Berlin

For more information visit their website.

Application deadline: November 30, 2018.

Decisions about admissions are scheduled for the March 2019.

Doctoral Grants at the Graduate School of North American Studies

The Graduate School of North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin invites applications for the academic year 2019/2020. Applicants for the three-year doctoral program must have a completed degree (M.A. or equivalent) in one of the following or related fields:

American/Canadian Cultural Studies, American/Canadian Literature, Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology

Up to 6 doctoral grants of up to 1,350 € per month will be awarded by the DFG and the Graduate School Scholarship Program of the DAAD. In addition, doctoral memberships (Promotionsplätze) are available for candidates who already have PhD funding.

Further information on the application process and our doctoral program can be obtained on our website at:

Grants: Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies

At the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, we mentor theoretically and conceptionally outstanding doctoral dissertations in Literary Studies that examine texts in historico-cultural, transregional and / or intermedial contexts.

For 2019, the Graduate School offers the following grants:

  • up to 6 project scholarships for the duration of 9 months

  • up to 6 positions for the duration of three to four years for graduate students working on their Ph.D.-thesis

  • 2 DAAD grants for international students of German literature and culture for the duration of three to four years

Project grants support graduates with a Master’s degree in developing a dissertation project in the form of an exposé with the goal of acquiring external dissertation funding, e.g. from foundations. The grants start in June 2019, and applicants are required to have submitted their master’s thesis by that time. We specifically encourage international students to apply.

The Doctoral Studies Program begins October 1, 2019. The positions for doctoral students include a travel budget. There are special funds that Ph.D. candidates can apply for in order to organize workshops and similar events. For a successful application, proof of financial support through a grant or a research assistant position is required (and must be submitted by September 2019).

The DAAD grants we offer are part of the Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP) and are directed at international Germanists who either do not currently live in Germany, or came to Germany no earlier than 2018. After having undergone the selection process, candidates will also have to submit their applications through the DAAD portal; the final decision lies with the funding agency.

The application deadline is December 16, 2018 at 8:00 PM CET. The online portal for applications will be open as of November 05, 2018.

The working language of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School is predominantly German. More information and details regarding the online application can be found here.

BMS Call for Dirichlet Postdoc Fellowship  

The Berlin Mathematical School (BMS) invites applications for the Dirichlet Postdoc Fellowship starting in the fall 2019. This two-year position is open to promising young mathematicians who will have completed their PhD degree by 30 September 2019 and want to pursue their own research in one of the eight research areas of mathematics offered by the Berlin Mathematical School. The competitive full-time salary includes health insurance. Fellows are expected to teach one course per semester, typically in English at the graduate level. Applications from well-qualified individuals, especially women, are highly encouraged.

The application period runs from 1 November 2018 to 1 December 2018. 

The Berlin Mathematical School (BMS) is a joint graduate school of the mathematics departments of the three major Berlin universities: Freie Universität (FU), Humboldt-Universität (HU) and Technische Universität (TU). The BMS has been funded under the German “Excellence Initiative” since October 2006. From 2019, it will be funded by the German “Excellence Strategy” as part of the Berlin Mathematics Research Center MATH+.

For more information click here

Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies

The Berlin Program supports North American scholars in pursuing doctoral and postdoctoral research at Freie Universität Berlin. It is open to scholars in all social sciences and humanities disciplines, including historians working on German and European history since the mid-18th century. The Berlin Program is administered in close cooperation with the North American partner and co-sponsor, the German Studies Association (GSA).

The fellowship application deadline is December 1, 2018.

Applications will be accepted as of November 1, 2018. Learn more.

PhD Fellowships 2019: Graduate School of East Asian Studies

Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS) at Freie Universität Berlin invites applications for the academic year 2019/2020 for up to 10 PhD fellows. Applicants for the three-year doctoral program must have a completed degree (M.A. or equivalent) in the following fields: East Asian Studies or Political Science, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Business, Economics, Law, History, Cultural Studies, Humanities with a focus on East Asia.

2 doctoral grants will be awarded by the Graduate School Scholarship Programme of the DAAD. In addition, doctoral memberberships (Promotionsplätze) are available for candidates who intend to secure their own PhD funding.

Deadline: December 2, 2018

Doctoral Grants starting October 1, 2019

Further information on the application process and our PhD program can be obtained here


Doctoral Program at Berlin School of Mind and Brain

The Berlin School of Mind and Brain offers a three-year structured doctoral program “Mind and Brain” in English. In 2019 and 2020, two three-year DAAD scholarships will be available to the best applicants.

The Berlin School of Mind and Brain based at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, hosts scientists from Freie Universität Berlin within the school's research program and collaborates with and Charité - Universitätsmedizin. The school is the first-prize winner of the “Einstein Doctoral Programme 2017 - 2019” competition. The DFG-funded RTG 2386 “Extrospection” will be part of the school for 2018 - 2023.

The Berlin School of Mind and Brain was established in 2006, and the focus is on the interface between the humanities and behavioral sciences with the neurosciences. Its mission is to educate and train outstanding young scientists in the entire scope of mind and brain research and to sharpen the international profile of the research community in the greater Berlin area.

Deadline: January 15, 2019. For further information, please visit the website of the Moscow office. Or go directly to the program’s website: Berlin School of Mind and Brain.

PhD Scholarships of the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies

The Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS) is home to five doctoral programs located at Freie Universität Berlin and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Each program includes traditional curricula, while at the same time breaking new ground by placing increasing emphasis on interdisciplinary research.

The Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is offering two doctoral scholarships to research and complete a doctorate within the “Languages and Cultures of the Silk Road” program and two doctoral scholarships within the “Ancient Philosophy and History of Ancient Science” program at the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS).

The “Languages and Cultures of the Silk Road” program covers Central Asia and concentrates on the broad range of attested languages and literatures of Buddhist, Manichaean and Christian communities, and on a lesser quantity of secular documents. Highly qualified Master’s graduates are welcomed from the academic fields of Central East Asian Archaeology, Central Asian studies, Iranian studies, and Turkology.

The “Ancient Philosophy and History of Ancient Science” program should include both philosophy and one or more special science (including mathematics, medicine, and other disciplines). For the History of Ancient Science pathway of the program, we also (but not exclusively) welcome dissertation proposals that consider philological, social and cultural aspects of the ancient sciences, both in the Greco-Roman and in the ancient Near Eastern, Early-Christian and Islamic world.

December 1, 2018. For further information, please visit the website of the Moscow office for Languages and Cultures of the Silk Road and Ancient Philosophy and History of Ancient Science. Or go directly to the program’s websites: Berliner Antike Kolleg

Berlin Mathematical School PhD program: Scholarships available

The Berlin Mathematical School is a joint endeavor of the mathematics’ departments at the universities in Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin.

They offer an excellent doctoral program taught in English in a broad and active research environment together with mentoring programs, language courses, soft-skills seminars, funding for summer schools and conferences, a buddy program and funding for students with children. Committed to equality and diversity.

Their eight areas are:

1. Differential geometry, global analysis, and mathematical physics

2. Algebraic and arithmetic geometry, number theory

3. Stochastics and mathematical finance

4. Discrete mathematics and optimization

5. Geometry, topology, and visualization

6. Numerical analysis and scientific computing

7. Applied analysis and differential equations

8. Mathematics of data science

Admission to Phase I: possible with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

Admission to Phase II: possible with a Master’s degree or equivalent

You can apply at:


Application Deadlines

Admission (scholarships available): 1 December 2018

Admission (limited number of scholarships available): 1 April 2019

LMU Munich Research Fellowships Program

LMU Munich invites applicants from early-stage postdoctoral researchers from all fields of research who have recently completed their doctoral degree. The program gives successful candidates the opportunity to carry out an independent research project with the support of an LMU professor and enhances their career development by fostering the training and mobility of fellows. The University offers ten Incoming LMU Research Fellowships to outstanding international junior academics. Fellows will receive an attractive salary and a substantial research budget.


The call for applications opened on 26 September 2018.

Closing date for applications is 28 November 2018.

Lara RoessigLMU Munich
Doctoral Grants at JFKI’s Graduate School of North American Studies

Applications for doctoral grants (funded by the German Research Foundation or DAAD-Graduate School Scholarship Program) for the academic year 2019 can now be submitted via the website of JFKI’s Graduate School of North American Studies (Freie Universität Berlin).

The John F. Kennedy Institute is renowned for its innovative interdisciplinary research and excellent study programs. The six disciplines brought together at the institute, the numerous scholarships and exchange programs which it sponsors in addition to its world class research library create a unique academic environment. The graduate program offers individualized supervision and provides research opportunities in American/Canadian research institutes, archives and libraries.

The deadline for applications is November 30, 2018, to submit an application please follow this link.

FUBiS Term I 2019 - Registration open

Registration for the FUBiS summer Term I (January 5, 2019 - January 25, 2019) is now open.

FUBiS offers international students the chance to participate in an intensive academic program that runs for 3 to 6 weeks, both in summer and in winter. Students can earn credits that may be counted towards their degrees at their home institutions.

FUBiS offers subject classes and German language classes for learners from all levels of proficiency. Most classes are held in English by distinguished German and international faculty. It is FUBiS' mission to provide international students with a premier study abroad program delivering the highest academic quality and furthering the development of intercultural competence.

For further information check out the course catalog or head straight to the registration website for Term I 2019.

IRTG 914 - The Graduate Program of SFB914

Studying the signals that navigate leukocytes within the vascular system and between different compartments on the cellular and molecular level is the main focus of the Collaborative Research Center SFB 914 “Trafficking of Immune Cells in Inflammation, Development and Disease”. This requires a broad methodological spectrum ranging from molecular and cellular biology tools and physiological in vivo approaches to complex bio-imaging applications.

To carry out the demanding and interdisciplinary research within the SFB 914, talented and well-trained young students are essential. Therefore, the training program (Integrated Research Training Group, IRTG) for PhD as well as MD students within this initiative is an important component of the SFB 914.

Students receive a structured training program consisting of

  • advanced methodological courses with a major focus on bio-imaging tools,
  • basic principle seminars with an emphasis on leukocyte trafficking,
  • soft skill seminars on communication skills and scientific writing, and
  • scientific education with lecture series, annual retreats, and an international summer school.

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Katja SimonsLMU Munich
Graduate School of Life Science Munich

The Graduate School Life Science Munich (LSM), founded in 2009, offers an international doctoral program in life sciences covering areas of Anthropology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, Microbiology, Plant Sciences, Systematics and Zoology to outstanding motivated and qualified researchers. The program is taught entirely in English and provides comprehensive scientific training in one of Europe's top ranking universities. The members of the Graduate School are part of the Faculty of Biology and the Faculty of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmacy of the Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität München (LMU). The faculties are ranked among the top biology and biochemistry educational institutions in Germany.

As of 2018, the application to the Graduate School LSM will no longer be annually but rather open all year round!

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Katja SimonsLMU Munich