Open Calls

Study and Research Opportunities

Dirichlet Postdoc Fellowship at Berlin Mathematical School

The Berlin Mathematical School (BMS) invites applications for the Dirichlet Postdoc Fellowship starting in the fall of 2018. This three-year position is open to promising young mathematicians who will have completed their PhD degree by 30 September 2018 and want to pursue their own research in one of the eight research fields of mathematics offered by the Berlin Mathematical School. The competitive full-year 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.

Application deadline: March 1, 2018

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Masters of European Studies (M.E.S.)

The Postgraduate Master of European Studies is a one-year full time/two-year part time MA program that equips a class of approximately 25 students with an in depth, interdisciplinary knowledge about the European Union. In a unique cooperation, Freie Universität Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin have jointly offered the program since 1998. The curriculum is geared towards students interested in developing EU-related expertise for subsequent employment in public administration, non-governmental organizations or business. On-the-job experience and networking are integral elements of the program.

The program offers:

  • Practice-oriented education via internships, excursions and teaching staff.
  • An international and interdisciplinary approach: the teaching is comprised of legal, economic, political, and cultural sciences, and an international and motivated student and faculty body.
  • Berlin as an ideal and strategic location to study European Integration: as Germany´s capital and connecting point between Eastern, Western and Central Europe, it is one of the main stages for political and cultural activity, and seat of many national and international organizations and institutions.

The application deadline is March 18, 2018. 

For more information on the program and application requirements, click here.  


Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Science

The Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Science (BDPEMS) attracts exceptional young academics by offering a research oriented course program, close student-faculty interaction, and excellent research opportunities. By cooperating across Berlin's institutions, we offer a broad curriculum from different areas of economics, finance, and the management sciences. The main goal of the program is to train its students in conducting internationally competitive research, to generate a productive research environment, and, in doing so, to provide the basis for a successful career in academia or in other research-oriented professions.

Admission requires a Master's degree (Fast Track applicants of couse apply with a Bachelor degree), preferably in economics, business administration, mathematics, statistics, or a related subject. The online application portal will open January 20, 2018.

The application deadline is March 20, 2018.


Research Alumni Program: New Funding 2018-2019

Freie Universität Berlin Research Alumni Program is now offering new funding for research activities involving former guest researchers (Research Alumni) and junior researchers in 2018-2019.

The program supports continued und intensified cooperation of Research Alumni and Freie Universität hosts after the completion of a research stay. To create sustainable networks, junior researchers from both sides are involved in the cooperation.

Funding will be provided for short-term research stays of Research Alumni at Freie Universität as well as of junior researchers on both sides at the home institution of the respective partner.

Applications for research stays between June 2018 and March 2019 are now being accepted until March 31, 2018.

Please review the call details by clicking here. 

PhD Program at Center for International Health

The PhD program in Medical Research - International Health at the Center for International Health (CIH) at LMU Munich combines health related research in the widest sense and development cooperation. Special focus lies in educating young researchers to become in their turn educators within developing countries and thus the next generation of health professionals. Not only acquisition of knowledge for their personal interest, but to import knowledge to areas in need and multiply it there should be one leading work ethic while being a PhD student at CIH-LMU. This motive is complying with global development strategies that have recognized the human resource crisis as a key factor in the deterioration of health systems in developing countries.

The PhD program is open to anyone, particularly candidates from developing countries, sharing the interest in health-related issues in the field of development cooperation. Individuals working in the field of health or in health related areas that are willing to improve local research and health situations both through manpower and knowledge are encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will have completed university bachelor and master degree in a health related discipline, medical school degree, or adequate equivalent education at the time of application. 

The application deadline is February 28, 2018.

For more information

Maureen GradyLMU Munich
PhD Position Comparative Genomics of Non-Model Invertebrates

Invertebrates, i.e., animals without a backbone, represent 95% of animal diversity on earth but are a surprisingly underexplored reservoir of genetic resources. The content and architecture of their genomes remains poorly characterised, but such knowledge is needed to fully appreciate their evolutionary, ecological and socio­-economic importance, as well as to leverage the benefits they can provide to human well-being, for example as a source for novel drugs and biomimetic materials. Europe is home to world-leading expertise in invertebrate genomics and IGNITE will gather together this European excellence to train a new generation of scientists skilled in all aspects of invertebrate genomics. We will considerably enhance our knowledge and understanding of animal genome knowledge by generating and analysing novel data from undersampled invertebrate lineages and by developing innovative new tools for high-quality genome assembly and analysis. The well-trained genome scientists emerging from IGNITE will be in great demand in universities, research institutions, as well as in software, biomedical, agrofood and pharmaceutical companies. Through their excellent interdisciplinary and intersectoral training spanning from biology and geobiology to bioinformatics and computer science, our graduates will be in a prime position to take up leadership roles in both academia and industry in order to drive the complex changes needed to advance sustainability of our knowledge-based society and economy.

IGNITE is an European Training Network and we are searching for applicants with a broad interest in invertebrate genomics.
The IGNITE consortium acknowledges that genomics is still a largely male-dominated field and aims to change this situation. Females are therefore strongly encouraged to apply.

All positions are open from 1st July 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Application deadline: February 28, 2018

For more information

Katja SimonsLMU Munich
Doctoral Training Program in the Learning Sciences

The Doctoral Training Program (DTP) is one central training component of the MCLS, the Munich Center of the Learning Sciences. The main goals of the DTP include facilitating access to methods and skills of the participating disciplines to the doctoral students, support in designing and conducting state-of-the-art dissertation research projects, doctoral research quality ensurance in the context of the MCLS through systematic support, and the integration of the doctoral students into the relevant scientific communities.

Application deadline: March 1, 2018

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Katja SimonsLMU Munich
Doctoral Program in Statistics: Theory and Methods of Empirical Modeling

The doctoral program "Statistics: theory and methods for empirical modelling" is a partially structured program with individually tailored supervision. We invite MSc graduates from any relevant discipline (statistics or a nearby field e.g. mathematics, empirical social sciences ...) and any country who are interested in interdisciplinary research to apply.

Please note that the program does not provide any funding opportunities. If accepted, we request a guarantee of funding from your side; e.g. a scholarship. 

Application deadline: March, 5, 2018

For more information

Katja SimonsLMU Munich
Doctoral Positions at Munich Graduate School of Economics

The Munich Graduate School of Economics (MGSE) offers various


Successful candidates, who pursue their doctoral studies at the MGSE, are provided with an advanced training for in-depth research in economics. The doctoral program has a strong focus on the application of state-of-the-art methods. It combines demanding course work and an early start of individual research. Positions offer comprehensive supervising and mentoring schemes, excellent international contacts, and access to an outstanding research infrastructure from one of Europe’s top 10 universities.

Application Deadline: April  3, 2018

For more information

Katja SimonsLMU Munich
Doctoral Training Program in the Learning Sciences

The Doctoral Training Program (DTP) is one central training component of the MCLS, the Munich Center of the Learning Sciences. The main goals of the DTP include facilitating access to methods and skills of the participating disciplines to the doctoral students, support in designing and conducting state-of-the-art dissertation research projects, doctoral research quality ensurance in the context of the MCLS through systematic support, and the integration of the doctoral students into the relevant scientific communities. The program offers a structured set of courses and seminars and organizes visits by guest speakers, research colloquia and key qualifications. It is aimed at excellent doctoral candidates who have a strong research interest in the field of Learning Sciences and very good knowledge of methodology and research skills. The language of instruction is English.

Eligible applicants must have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Psychology, Education, or a related discipline.

The application deadline is March 1, 2018.

MISU - Munich International Summer University

Every year, more than 950 students from no less than 80 countries make MISU a truly international experience. Benefit from access to renowned professors who will inspire you to broaden your thinking and your goals. Immerse yourself in German through a wide array of Language Courses. Choose a Summer Academy from the entire spectrum of the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Gain credit towards your degree. Take advantage of a broad range of services which will help make your stay an enriching and unforgettable experience in Munich – one of Germany’s hubs of history, culture, and outdoor activities.

To register for MISU, view the course listings online, select your course, and apply directly to the respective German Language Course or Summer Academy. Every course has its own online application procedure, explained in full on its webpage.

For more information

Joyce MaLMU Munich
FUBiS Summer Term at Freie Universität Berlin  

FUBiS is an intensive, academic program through which students can earn credits that may be counted towards their degrees at their home institutions. FUBiS sessions run for 3 to 6 weeks and take place both in summer and winter. 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.Courses on European culture, history, and politics, as well as German language courses.

Registration for the FUBiS summer Term II (June 2, 2018 - July 14, 2018) and Term III (July 21, 2018 - August 18, 2018) is now open.

The registration deadline for Term II is May 5, 2018. 

The registration deadline for Term III is June 23, 2018.