Berkeley-FSU Jena Research Fellowship (graduates)

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The Friedrich Schiller University Jena, founded in 1558, is situated in Thuringia—the green heart of Germany. It offers a wide range of over 200 courses, out of 18,000 students, 2,300 come to study in Jena from abroad. The FSU is distinguished by its high-level research dynamic. It cultivates an interdisciplinary working style as well as intensive networking with other universities, external research institutes and industry - not only locally, but worldwide: over 150 collaboration agreements with renowned partners from all around the world highlight the international standing of the FSU. Under the motto LIGHT, LIFE, LIBERTY, the FSU has divided its research into three interdisciplinary areas. LIGHT covers optics, photonics, innovative materials and energy research, LIFE covers microbiology, research into infectious diseases, biodiversity and ageing, and LIBERTY covers the Enlightenment, Romanticism, contemporary history, Eastern Europe and social change. The FSU particularly promotes opportunities for young scientists and researchers. With a graduate academy which is nationally recognised to conform to best practice, the FSU places great emphasis on high quality standards and providing the best possible qualifications graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral students.

The partnership between UC Berkeley and FSU was established in 2011. Both universities are now seeking to intensify their collaboration, and FSU is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for Berkeley graduate students wishing to explore dissertation research opportunities in Germany. The scholarship has a duration of three months minimum up to 10 months maximum. The fellowship offered by FSU is EUR 1,000/month and will be paid upon arrival in Jena. FSU will offer the selected candidate guest-student status which includes a semester ticket, i.e. free public transport in Jena and across the entire State of Thuringia, full access to computer and library facilities, and residency in a student dorm (ticket, dorm and German health insurance will be paid by the student). Students are entitled to audit courses at FSU. Berkeley graduate students from all fields can apply. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate in their application that they already have a faculty supervisor/contact at Jena University. This grant can be combined with other IES grants/fellowships. 

Applicants need to submit the following materials:

  1. A one-page application letter
  2. A 100-word (maximum) abstract of your research
  3. A further description of no more than three pages that describes your research
  4. One letter of recommendation from a UC Berkeley faculty member; this letter should be sent to
  5. One short confirmation letter or e-mail from your research supervisor at Jena University, with indication of the duration of your stay

Application form

For more information about FSU, please contact Alexander Schwarzkopf at <>. For additional information on this fellowship opportunity, please contact Gia White at (510) 642-4555 or at

The deadline for applications is February 1.

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