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Freie University Berlin Graduate Exchange Fellowship

Important Dates

Campus Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 17, 2021


Open to: 
Graduate students
Eligibility requirements: 
  • Be a currently enrolled Stanford student in good standing.
  • Graduate students may apply but preference is given to doctoral candidates.
  • U.S. citizen or non-German citizen.


Application Process: 


The Freie University Berlin Graduate Exchange Fellowship has a campus process and requires a Stanford evaluation. Therefore, you need to be aware of the campus deadlines. Stanford can nominate one student per year. The application process is lengthy and requires many months of preparation.

Should I Apply?

If you are interested in the FUB Graduate Exchange, you must apply through the Overseas Resource Center (ORC). Information, applications, and advising are available to you at the ORC.


Campus Application Submission:

1. Email a combined PDF of the application documents listed below to Diane Murk  by February 17 at 5pm:

  • Stanford - Freie University Berlin Cover Sheet (See above)
  • Statement of Purpose: one version in German & one version in English, (maximum 1,000 words)

Prompt: Please outline your personal background, research focus, career aspirations and what motivates you to apply for this award opportunity. Be specific in describing why you need to spend an academic year or semester in Germany at the Freie Universität Berlin.

  • Statement of Language Proficiency (indicating courses taken to date and any relevant practical experience)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Transcripts electronic versions from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Stanford Nomination form waiver (available at the ORC)
  • One Digital Photograph (head shot or scanned copy of passport size photo are fine)

2. To be submitted directly to Diane Murk  by February 17 by 5pm:

  • One Letter of Recommendation from major advisor
  • One Letter of Support from department chair, if other than the major advisor


Additional Information


How the ORC can help?

After reading this website and the official Freie University Berlin website you should attend an information session. Info sessions can be found at

If you would like to apply for the FUB Graduate Exchange Award, please email Diane Murk,

Amount Awarded: 
Monthly grant (living and housing allowances for 10 months), health insurance allowance, travel allowance, student fees, waiver of registration fees
Number Awarded: 

About the Free University Berlin Graduate Exchange Fellowship

The Freie University Berlin Graduate Exchange Award is designed to support Stanford graduate students who must study or conduct research in Berlin, as part of their dissertation or graduate work. Participants are expected to be based at the Freie University Berlin, but may also do independent archival research or affiliate with other research institutes. Award cannot be used to pursue study in numerous fields such as medicine. One award will be offered (per year) for study at the Freie University Berlin. Students can apply for a semester or one-academic year.  For many years a graduate direct exchange agreement has existed between Stanford University and the Freie Universität Berlin.

The award consists of a monthly grant (living and housing allowance for the period of ten months, from October 1 to July 31), health insurance allowance, student fees allowance, travel allowance, and a waiver of registration fees. NOTE: This award is not a full scholarship. Applicants should arrange some supplementary funding.

Administered by Stanford
1 year program