Press release


Anglo-German research gets huge boost: two million euro for a new strategic fellowship programme

The Einstein Foundation will invest two million euro in a new fellowship programme to deepen academic links across the Channel between Oxford University and the Berlin University Alliance. The focus is on two of the biggest challenges of our time: global health and social cohesion.

The “Einstein BUA/Oxford Visiting Fellow” programme will allow top Oxford researchers to bed into the Berlin research landscape over a period of three years. The Fellows will work closely with their German academic counterparts, build working groups and employ post-doctoral students.

The first four Fellows – Peter Rothwell, Tarik Abou-Chadi, Stefano Evangelista and Karen Leeder – cover a wide range of themes: stroke and dementia prevention, research on democracy and political parties, a sweeping re-evaluation of German culture and poetry, and an investigation into literary cosmopolitanism.

The new fellowships recognise the need to go beyond short-term academic exchanges and will support researcher and graduate students to cross disciplines and open up new theoretical and methodological perspectives. 

‘This collaboration benefits both research and society. We are delighted to deepen the partnership between these two centres of excellence and pool their individual strengths”, Professor Martin Rennert, Chairman of the Board, Einstein Stiftung Berlin, says. 

‘The appointment of four new Einstein Visiting Fellows is a further important step in the development of the Oxford-Berlin Research Partnership, promoting world-class research across a range of disciplines and deepening academic collaboration’, Professors Andrew Hurrell and Cigdem Issever, Academic Co-Directors of the Partnership, add. 

The Oxford Berlin Research Partnership

The Oxford Berlin Research Partnership was established in 2017 and includes the University of Oxford as well as the Berlin University Alliance (Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and the Charité – Universitätmedizin Berlin) as well as the research institutions of the BR50.

The partnership is building bridges between academics and institutions to promote collaborative research across the globe. It is enhancing existing links between Oxford and the Berlin universities and research institutes, and covers all areas of academic research as well as initiatives involving the museums and libraries in both Oxford and Berlin. The partnership seeks to foster and support cutting-edge research, including cross-cutting thematic and inter-disciplinary work; knowledge exchange and public engagement; and developing the prospects of early career researchers and doctoral students. It builds on the tremendous strength and range of research in Oxford and Berlin, supporting academics in addressing global challenges and developing their European and global academic links, including in the Global South.