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Einstein Foundation Doctoral Program

This site offers an overview of those programmes that have been funded by the Einstein Foundation Berlin for the years 2023 and 2022 within the newly established Einstein Foundation Doctoral ProgramPlease note that this program existed in a different form until 2020 under the name Einstein Doctoral Program Award. The awarded programs of the previous years can be found in the right column.

With the Einstein Foundation Doctoral Program, the Einstein Foundation Berlin honours particularly successful structured doctoral programmes at the Berlin universities and the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Funding is intended to give the doctoral programmes new scope for the promotion of young researchers and structural development. At the same time, funding should also contribute to making the attractiveness of doctoral training in Berlinmore visible internationally.

Funding can be used, for example, for scholarships and doctoral positions, events or for inviting international guests. Each programm receives a total of up to 300,000 euros for a period of three years. For the duration of their funding, the funded programmes carry the title "Einstein Foundation Doctoral Programme".

Funded Programme 2023

Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies

The Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies has once again been awarded funding for its excellent doctoral programs, following its earlier success in 2017. The graduate school, which has been run by FU Berlin and HU Berlin since 2011, collaborates with various partners to offer a total of five doctoral programs in ancient studies and associated disciplines, and is part of the Berliner Antike-Kolleg. BerGSAS will use the funding to strengthen the digital humanities within the doctoral training programs in collaboration with two non-university partners: the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the German Archaeological Institute. The focus will be on digital research methods and tools, research data management, and digital publishing. The funding also covers three doctoral scholarships.

Funded Programmes 2022

Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies

The Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies was founded as part of the Excellence Initiative as a structured doctoral program at Freie Universität Berlin and funded from 2007 to 2019. In 2012, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin joined as an important cooperation partner. Since 2019, the FSGS has been closely associated with the Cluster of Excellence 2020 "Temporal Communities. Doing Literature in a Global Perspective" and is responsible for its doctoral training. The school funds projects that explore literature comparatively, across time and language, or relate it to other aesthetic media. FSGS will use the Einstein grant to establish a digital pre-doctoral program for master's graduates from the Global South. With digital courses and consulting services attended remotely from the home country, and funding for a 12-month residency in Berlin, program participants will be supported in preparing for the PhD project and attracting external funding.

International Doctoral Program Computational Neuroscience

The International Doctoral Program Computational Neuroscience at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) Berlin was founded in 2007 as a cooperation between Technische Universität, Humboldt Universität, Freie Universität and Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. The cross-institutional structure aims to educate a new generation of scientists trained in both mathematical/computational and neuroscientific methods. This will provide a scientific language for the study of the brain and its dysfunctions that can be used across disciplines and levels in neurobiology, cognitive science, and information technology. With the support of the Einstein Foundation Doctoral Program, the BCCN Berlin also aims to recruit more qualified doctoral students from the global South and to support the doctoral students in their individual career planning.