International

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During the exciting time of your doctoral studies, you should not miss the opportunity to explore the world. Studying abroad and participating in international conferences are not only recommended but also crucial for building a global academic network.

On this page, you will find offers from Humboldt University for doctoral candidates to study abroad. Some offers are open to all doctoral candidates, some only to enrolled doctoral candidates, and others only to those with employment contracts. If you have specific questions, you will find contact persons in the individual programmes.

Erasmus+ is your key to European universities

    • Stud­ies

      Erasmus+ Europa

      The classic exchange programme! Whether Oslo for a semester or Barcelona for a year - with the Erasmus+ study programme you have a wide range of options and fixed funding.

    • In­tern­ship

      Erasmus+ Europa

      Students from HU and the Charité can receive Erasmus funding for internships abroad. You can find out here which allowances are available, the circumstances in which you can apply and what you should bear in mind.

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    • Teach­ing mo­bil­i­ty

      Erasmus+ Europa

      If you teach at HU, you can visit a partner university for a short teaching period as part of the Erasmus programme. You can find out here which funding is available for your project and what to bear in mind.

    • Fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion

      Erasmus+ Europa

      Through the Erasmus+ programme, HU staff members can receive funding for workplace-related further education and training abroad. You can read here about how this works and which funding is available for your stay abroad.

    • Stu­dents & doc­tor­al can­di­dates

      Erasmus+ worldwide

      Erasmus+ Partner Countries offers grants for partner institutions outside the EU. In addition to the main target group of doctoral students, bachelor’s and master’s students can also be funded in various formats.

Circle U. – European Higher Education Alliance

    • Cir­cle U.

      European higher education and cutting-edge research? The Circle U. university alliance is developing a joint international campus and offers a variety of opportunities for students, scientists and administrative staff.

King’s College London

Undertake binational doctoral studies with the prestigious King's College London (KCL). The close collaboration between Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and KCL began in the 1990s and has evolved into a strong partnership.

Both universities offer a joint PhD programme, where doctoral candidates collaborate with supervisors from both universities. This not only enables an intensive research environment but also provides access to extensive academic resources at two renowned institutions.

Explore the opportunities of binational doctoral studies with King's College London!

Princeton University

Since 2012, Princeton University has been a strategic partner of Humboldt University of Berlin. As part of this university partnership, doctoral candidates have the opportunity to conduct research at Princeton University for a variable duration. Students who take advantage of this opportunity are exempt from paying tuition fees at the partner university during their research stay.

    • Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty

      Strategic Partnerships

      Princeton University was founded in 1746 and is one of the most prestigious institutions worldwide. Building on diverse and long-time collaborations at a faculty level, Humboldt-Universität has been part of a strategic partnership with Princeton since 2012.

      Princeton University

Short stays

If a longer stay is not feasible for you due to personal or professional reasons, but you still want to gain experience abroad, consider short research stays. Discover new ideas and build international networks through shorter research visits. Participating in international conferences or symposiums is an important element of graduate education. International networking is crucial for many doctoral candidates regarding their research and career prospects.

DAAD – Congress Travel Programme

The DAAD supports active participation (presentations) at international scientific congresses and conferences. For further information, please visit the DAAD website.

HU short-term travel grants

Language courses

Humboldt-Universität administers two programmes that can also be used to finance language courses for doctoral candidates. For the PROMOS scholarship, look for the Language Course (SP) programme.

    • PRO­MOS schol­ar­ship

      The PROMOS scholarship is aimed at students and, in some cases, doctoral candidates who do not receive Erasmus+ funding for their planned stay abroad. Here you will find an overview of the conditions, the application procedure, the scholarship payments and the categories.

    • Fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion

      Erasmus+ Europa

      Through the Erasmus+ programme, HU staff members can receive funding for workplace-related further education and training abroad. You can read here about how this works and which funding is available for your stay abroad.

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