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Freie Universität Berlin

Freie Universität Berlin is one of eleven institutions that were successful in all three funding lines of the Excellence Initiative, which was held by the German federal and state governments in 2012. It is a leading research institution and offers outstanding conditions for international doctoral candidates, 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.

Freie Universität’s Center for International Cooperation maintains seven liaison offices around the world. They support the university’s efforts to recruit excellent doctoral candidates and junior scholars and scientists. Freie Universität’s Dahlem Research School (DRS) functions as a center for the promotion of junior scholars and scientists. It develops strategies to provide doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers with optimum support.


11 Departments
1 Medical School (with HU Berlin)
28,723 Students
5,723 Doctoral Candidates
25 Doctoral Programs
873 Research School Students

Dahlem Research School

Freie Universität's Dahlem Research School (DRS) supports academic excellence in graduate education and functions as a center for the promotion of junior researchers. It is responsible for developing strategies to provide doctoral candidates and postdoctoral fellows with optimum support. DRS also serves as a framework encompassing the outstanding structured doctoral programs with an international focus offered by Freie Universität. It has developed coherent standards in its programs and introduced a comprehensive training program.

Currently, around 900 doctoral candidates are enrolled in one of DRS's 27 highly competitive doctoral degree programs in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Area Studies, Natural and Life Sciences. DRS doctoral candidates benefit from excellent training and an educational environment where they can develop their full potential to achieve academic and professional goals.

The DRS Professional Development Program prepares doctoral candidates 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 planning future careers.

Contact Information

Location: Dahlem Research School
Postal Hittorfstr. 16
address: 14195 Berlin
Telephone: +49 (0)30 838 739 55
E-mail: drs@fu-berlin.de
Web: www.fu-berlin.de/sites/drs