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On our German website, we irregularly publish news that we receive from the DRS. As far as possible, there is an English version or short description in English available.

What is the DRS?

The Dahlem Research School (DRS) is the strategic center for junior researchers at Freie Universität Berlin. They develop concepts and formats to assure and improve the quality of graduate education. Their stated goal is to support academic and non-academic careers alike. They offer PostDoc scholarships as well as a comprehensive qualification program for PhDs and PostDocs.

They offer a wide spectrum of courses for you to attend. They are to be booked through an online booking system. If you do not have an account yet, please contact support@drs.fu-berlin.de.

Researcher Development Program RDP (Link)

The RDP is a qualification program for junior researchers with a doctoral degree who aspire to attain the position of full professor, who already have an academic position, a project, or a scholarship, and who have at least taken an initial step toward launching a career in academics. These courses are free of charge. If you wish to receive information on the RDP program regularly, please subscribe to the RDP newsletter. There is also another newsletter with information on calls, grants and information events for PostDocs.

Professional Development Program PDP (Link)

You can also take courses from the PDP, aimed primarily at the doctoral students but open and useful also for PostDocs. The fee for a one-day course is 100 Euro. See below for some information opportunities to attend free of charge. To receive information on the PDP program regularly, please subscribe to the PDP newsletter.

FUBright (Link)

For international doctoral candidates the FUBright program offers soft skills courses, career transition days, peer mentoring courses and cultural events. To receive the information on the program and events regularly, please sign up to the FUBright newsletter.


Members of the Mathematics department:

In the context of the "target agreements" with the Executive Board, the department has been provided with additional funds as a one-off payment in order to improve doctoral research at the department. These funds must be spent in 2017.
The Dean´s Office complied with the recommendations of the PhD Committee and has decided to make these financial resources primarily available for the fee-based PhD course program of the Dahlem Research School (DRS).

In order to enable participation, the following procedure will be
1.) In case you are interested you should apply for a DRS-Course via email by using this form and forward it to the department (stefanie.sanderson@fu-berlin.de)
2.) You will receive a written confirmation regarding the coverage of costs. Please note that only 2 courses per person can be settled via this program; the principle "first come, first serve" applies.
3.) You register with the online-portal of the Dahlem Research School (DRS) and initially disburse the course costs. The course management system (drs.fu-berlin.de) enables you to book courses as a direct payer. For a cost refund please forward an application for reimbursement, the DRS-invoice and an account statement as proof of payment to the department of physics. The corresponding form can be found here.
The department will then issue the refund promptly (unfortunately, this detour is necessary due to technical reasons).

Should you have any further inquiries please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Sanderson (stefanie.sanderson@fu-berlin.de).

Members of CRC1114:

You are entitled to two courses per year. If you have used up your budget, you would get the message "You're not allowed to book this course due to personal limit" from the booking system. Please write an e-mail to nina.fabjancic@fu-berlin.de beforehand, as in most cases it will be possible to extend the budget upon your request.

Members of BMS:

Apart from courses in the extensive BMS curriculum, it is also possible to attend classes with the DRS. Please contact office@math-berlin.de beforehand and then register online trough the booking platform.

Course Cancellations:

If you are unable to attend a course you have booked, you have to request withdrawal at the latest 21 days prior to the course, by sending an e-mail to the DRS (skills-drs@fu-berlin.de). If you do it too late, you will be charged for your course (if it is a course for which a fee is charged), so please try to avoid this. Short-notice cancellations due toillness are only acceptable on production of a valid medical certificate which you must send to the DRS within one week after the course by e-mail (skills-drs@fu-berlin.de) or mail (Hittorfstr. 16, 14195 Berlin).



Last updated: February 2017