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Freie University Berlin Graduate Exchange Fellowship

Important Dates

Campus Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Date of information session event / application workshop: 
Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 15:30


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.

Applicants must have been in contact with the Overseas Resource Center, Bechtel International Center prior to the campus submission deadline.


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:

Freie University Berlin Graduate Exchange Fellowship applications are to be submitted via SOLO here (Stanford Off Campus Learning Opportunites)

1. Submit application documents by February 16 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 for each essay) 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 German courses taken to date and any relevant practical experience)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Transcripts (from each post-secondary institution attended)
  • Stanford Nomination Form Waiver (see above)
  • One Digital Photo (professional looking headshot)

2. Recommendations: Applicants request their recommenders via SOLO. Recommenders will then upload and submit letters via SOLO by February 16 at 5pm

  • One Letter of Recommendation from Major Advisor
  • One Letter of Support from Department Chair, if other than Major Advisor.

Letters should be on letterhead with the signature and uploaded as a PDF.

Additional Information


How the ORC can help?

After reading this website and the official Freie University Berlin website you should fill out the ORC Interest Form (located at either the top of this page or our ORC homepage). Next, attend an info session. The schedule for current info sessions can be found on the lower left of our ORC homepage:

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. For many years a graduate direct exchange agreement has existed between Stanford University and the Freie Universität Berlin.

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 can be used for numerous fields with some limitations, 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.

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