Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

city / country: 
Berlin, Germany

Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

Wallotstra├če 19
14193 Berlin

Tel. +49 (0)30 89001 123

Contact person: Katharina Biegger

At the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, internationally recognized senior researchers, promising younger scientists and scholars, as well as outstanding public intellectuals or personalities from the creative arts are offered the opportunity to concentrate for one academic year on projects of their own choice. Every year since 1981, around forty Fellows have been invited to live and work side by side. They constitute a temporary learning community characterized by diversity (of disciplines, cultures, languages, etc.) and promising potential for stimulation and critique. The institution strives to provide optimal conditions and assistance for the invited researchers and offers a wide range of services. The Wissenschaftskolleg selects its fellows irrespective of their country of origin, academic discipline, or formal academic position. However, a doctoral degree is a prerequisite. Candidates are subjected to a thorough evaluation with regard to both their academic achievements as well as their proposed projects. Upon consultation with an international Advisory Board, invitations are issued with a view to composing a most stimulating group for each year, including representatives from the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities alike. Focus groups on topics of particular interest and usually composed of three to five fellows also constitute an important element within the fellow classes.


Premises and facilities: 

The small campus of the Wissenschaftskolleg is located in Berlin Grunewald, a calm residential area close to the Western city centre. It comprises apartments for the Fellows and their families, guestrooms, offices, seminar rooms and a reference library, as well as a dining hall.





Scientific priorities: 

The Wissenschaftskolleg does not have a research agenda of its own. At the heart of the institute is the idea that Fellows must have the freedom to choose their own distinctive research project. The Fellows may also decide to work together in focus groups. 

Opening to sciences outside the humanities and social sciences: 

Scientists are welcome to apply – however, a stay at the Wissen­schafts­kolleg makes sense only if no laboratory facilities are necessary for the proposed project.