Freie Universität Berlin

Freie Universität Berlin performed successfully three times in the German government’s Excellence competition for universities. As a result of the latest competition, the German Excellence Strategy, the university receives long-term funding as part of the <link - external-link-new-window "Opens external link in new window">Berlin University Alliance</link>, which is made up of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Freie Universität was the only university in Berlin and one of six universities nationwide to be recognized as an excellent university in both rounds of the previous competition, the German Excellence Initiative, in 2006/2007 and 2012.

It is a leading research institution and offers outstanding conditions for international doctoral researchers, scholars, and scientists. The traditional research campus in Dahlem, which has been home to Freie Universität Berlin since it was founded in 1948, has strongly influenced the city of Berlin. Such luminaries as Albert Einstein, Otto Hahn, and Lise Meitner conducted research here. Freie Universität’s dense network of scholarly and scientific institutions provides ideal conditions for research and teaching.

Networking in research – both internationally and across disciplines – is one of the core principles underlying the university’s current research activities and its strategy for the future. Freie Universität’s objective is to attract the best doctoral candidates, scholars, and scientists from all over the world. To this end, it has developed bilateral and international doctoral programs in recent years that offer excellent working conditions for doctoral candidates from abroad.


11 Departments
1 Medical School (with HU Berlin)
30,000 Students
4,000 Doctoral Researchers
28 Doctoral Programs
900 Researchers in Doctoral Programs

Dahlem Research School

Dahlem Research School | Center for Early Career Researchers is the central institution of Freie Universität Berlin for researchers in their early qualification and career phase. It provides continuous, systematic and sustainability-oriented support on all aspects of doctoral research and offers a comprehensive qualification program.

Currently, around 1,000 doctoral researchers are enrolled in one of DRS's doctoral programs in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Area Studies, Natural and Life Sciences. DRS doctoral researchers benefit from excellent training and an educational environment ideally suited to developing their full academic and professional potential.

DRS workshops and courses prepare doctoral researchers to engage in research and teaching across traditional disciplinary boundaries. Training includes key skills for working in academia and beyond and provides systematic support in career development. In addition, the Berlin University Alliance partners offer further training and events as part of the Graduate Studies Support to all doctoral researchers of the member institutions of the Berlin University Alliance.

Contact Information

Location: Dahlem Research School
Postal Hittorfstr. 16
Address: 14195 Berlin
Telephone: +49 (0)30 838 739 55