Research & Faculty

Research Opportunities




Research at Freie Universität Berlin and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München is characterized by disciplinary and interdisciplinary excellence attracting outstanding academics from around the world.

As top-level research universities, they offer a stimulating work environment for international postdoctoral researchers. Visiting scholars find attractive opportunities through various funding schemes. Information on doctoral research can be found under graduate studies.

For more information on research fields, research centers, postdoctoral opportunities, visiting scholars,and dual career services at:

Excellence Initiative 

The Excellence Initiative  is a nationwide competition for government funding that was launched in 2005 and aims to support top-level research at German universities. Freie Universität Berlin and LMU Munich are among the eleven successful universities of excellence and have been awarded funding for graduate schools, clusters of excellence and their institutional strategies.

Excellence Strategy

Following the Excellence Initiative and with funding starting in 2019 a new funding scheme called Excellence Strategy will continue to stimulate competition among German universities by supporting research of the highest standard, enhancing research profiles, and facilitating cooperation. 

Learn more about LMU Munich's and Freie Universität Berlin's successful Clusters of Excellence.

Funding for these new Clusters of Excellence will begin on January 1, 2019. Clusters will be funded for seven years; a second seven-year funding period may be granted upon successful proposal submission and review.  The decisions on the Clusters of Excellence also serve as the basis for eligibility in the Universities of Excellence funding line, implemented by the German Council for Science and Humanities. LMU Munich and the Berlin University Alliance will also compete for funding in this funding line. After December 10 the proposals for Universities of Excellence will undergo review, with final decisions to be made by the Excellence Commission on July 19, 2019.

Strategic Partnerships

Freie Universität Berlin and LMU Munich cooperate closely with a worldwide network of partner universities, and have many agreements regulating academic contacts and student exchanges to joint degree programs. Also, faculty members have collaborations and exchanges at the individual level. In addition, there a number of strategic partnerships with leading research institutions abroad.

LMU Grosshadern  (Image Credit: LMU Munich)

LMU Grosshadern (Image Credit: LMU Munich)

Department of Veterinary Medicine  (Image Credit: Freie Universität Berlin )

Department of Veterinary Medicine (Image Credit: Freie Universität Berlin)