Berkeley-FU Berlin Mobility Fund (graduates)

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IES is pleased to announce a study and research opportunity for UC Berkeley graduate students in all fields offered by FU Berlin in the context of the Erasmus + Mobility Program. 

Click here for more information on the FU Berlin Faculty/Lecturer mobility grant

Freie Universität Berlin was founded in 1948 by professors and students, in response to the persecution faced by students who took a critical eye of the system at Universität Unter den Linden, at that time located in the Soviet sector of the divided city. The idea of founding a free university found widespread support in the international community, including financial support. This outpouring of aid helped pave the way for Freie Universität to become a university with an outstanding international reputation. Today, FU Berlin is among Germany’s strongest higher education institutions in terms of research. Some 41,000 students from more than 130 nations study on the university’s park-like campus in the Dahlem district in one of more than 170 study programs. Freie Universität Berlin performed successfully three times in the German government’s Excellence competition for universities. Freie Universität is a full-spectrum university, comprising twelve schools and three interdisciplinary Central Institutes that together offer more than 150 different academic programs in a broad range of disciplines.

This program covers a contribution to travel costs of €1.500 and a monthly allowance of €850, paid upon arrival. Students can apply for a stay of up to 6 months.

Applicants must provide an invitation letter by a FUB faculty host. UC Berkeley applicants and their FUB host must have agreed on the research activities to be undertaken prior to the start of the mobility period. Applicant must be a degree-seeking student at UC Berkeley during the application process and must remain enrolled during the entire study period in Berlin. All UCB doctoral students, regardless of their nationality and field of study, can apply.

Application Instructions

Required Documents:

  1. A one-page application letter, including a 100-word (max.) abstract of your research and indication of the duration of your stay
  2. A further description of approximately 1,500 words that describes your research
  3. One letter of recommendation from a UC Berkeley faculty member; this letter should be sent to
  4. One invition letter from a FU Berlin faculty member, with indication of the duration of your stay 
  5. A short CV (max. 2 pages)

For more information about the partnership between FU Berlin and UC Berkeley, please contact the Department of International Affairs, Ms. Stefanie Ritter and her team at <>. For additional information on this grant opportunity, please contact Gia White at (510) 642-4555 or at  

Deadline: February 1




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