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 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  Clusters of Excellence.

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