Berkeley-Greifswald Research Fellowships (undergraduates and graduates)

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The University of Greifswald is situated in the Baltic Sea Area, about 2-3 hours from Berlin and Hamburg, Szczecin in Poland and the Danish capital Copenhagen. The University has strong scientific cooperation with partner universities in Northern and Eastern Europe as well as Russia. Cultures of the Baltic Sea Region are one main focus in research and teaching, especially within the Faculty of Arts. Students can study all languages of the Baltic Region or concentrate on this area in the fields of Political Sciences and History. This provides students interested in learning Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian a great opportunity to learn three European languages that are not offered on the Berkeley campus. The University of Greifswald furthermore has strong research capacities in the Life sciences (Community Medicine, Environmental Changes, Plasma Physics, Proteomics) as well as Law and Business. Some of these courses are offered in English, others in German. For additional information, please contact

The partnership between UC Berkeley and the University of Greifswald was established in 2006. Both universities are now seeking to intensify their collaboration, and the University of Greifswald is pleased to offers two short-term grants (up to 3 months) to qualified Berkeley students. Undergraduate students will receive 800 Euro per month, graduate students will receive 1,000 Euro per month.

The grants will be paid upon arrival in Greifswald. Selected students will need to provide proof of travel (health) insurance to Greifswald University. Berkeley 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 Greifswald University. Students will need to make their travel and housing accommodations. This grant can be combined with other IES grants/fellowships.

Students applying for these grants should explain in their application letter if they wish to apply for:

  1. Regular semester courses (April-early July and/or October-early February). Students who apply for courses taught in German are expected to have solid knowledge of the German language. Students who exclusively apply for courses taught in English do not need to have previous knowledge of German but are encouraged to participate in the intensive German language courses (2-3 weeks prior to the start of the semester) free of charge.
  2. The University of Greifswald’s Summerschool Greifswald Summer, 2-6 weeks in August or September. This course combines German language classes on 2+ different levels and workshops with an extensive program of cultural events and excursions. 
  3. Graduate students can apply for option 1) and 2) but can also come to Greifswald for research purposes only. Those students need to add to their application a short invitation letter (or e-mail) by their Greifswald research supervisor, with indication of the duration of their stay.

Applicants must submit the following materials:


  • A one-page application letter (indicating preference for summer or semester)
  • One letter of recommendation from a UC Berkeley faculty member - letter should be sent to


  • A one-page application letter (indicating preference for summer, semester, or research)
  • A 100-word (maximum) abstract of your research.
  • A further description of not more than three pages which describes your research.
  • One letter of recommendation from a UC Berkeley faculty member - letter should be sent to
  • (for students who wish to do research only in Greifswald) One letter or e-mail from your research supervisor at Greifswald University

Deadline: February 1

For more information about the University of Greifswald, please contact Dr. Carola Häntsch at For additional information on this fellowship opportunity, please contact Ms. Gia White at (510) 642-4555 or





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