KOSMOS Workshops

KOSMOS supports joint workshops organized by HU researchers in cooperation with international partners

The KOSMOS Programme is a key element in the internationalisation of research and teaching in the context of the Humboldt University‘s strategy “Bildung durch Wissenschaft. Educating Enquiring Minds: Individuality - Openess - Guidance”. The programme draws upon the tradition of Alexander von Humboldt’s “Lectures on Physical Geography” - known as the KOSMOS Lectures. KOSMOS consolidates and advances two of the university’s main strengths: international and interdisciplinary exchange. Another important component of the KOSMOS Programme is the funding of young researchers and teachers.

KOSMOS was developed with the objective of creating a sustainable tool for strengthening international partnerships. The programme further consolidates the university’s international profile, aiming to generate enthusiasm for Humboldt-Universität among science partners around the world.

A KOSMOS Workshop (up to five days) gives Humboldt-University's scientists the opportunity to exchange ideas with international guests regarding current topics, and determine new perspectives and approaches for future collaborations.

The active participation of young researchers and teachers - as well as advanced master's students - is an explicit funding objective. The workshop's topic should always have an interdisciplinary focus.

The KOSMOS workshops support scientists as they build their international profile. Ideally, the workshops result in joint research projects, applications for third-party funding, or publications.


Who can apply?

Researchers, institutes, faculties and interdisciplinary units, central institutions, and Integrative Research Institutes of the Humboldt-University Berlin.


What are the relevant criteria?

Workshops should focus on recent interdisciplinary topics. The international cooperation should enhance, deepen, create or stabilise the faculty’s or institute's  international profile. The cooperation with at least one international university or research institution is required. The promotion and support for young researchers of the Humboldt-University should be a further aim of the workshop.

How much funding is provided?

The funding covers a joint workshop in Berlin lasting up to five days. The maximum of 8000 Euro is available as funding for each KOSMOS Workshop.


What is the application procedure?

Please submit the following documents:

  • Application form and budget (using the budget template)
  • Separate (preliminary) concept and workshop programme (max. five pages), including an explanation of the workshop’s objectives (see funding criteria in the call for proposals)
  • Letter of approval by the responsible dean's office or managing director

Please send all required documents to:

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Stabsstelle Internationalisierung (PB4)
Sarah Hartmann
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin

as well as electronically (processable files)*  to: international.strategy@hu-berlin.de

The deadline for applications is September 3rd 2018.

We look forward to receiving your application.

* Please send us the application form as original pdf file (no scan). All other documents can be sent as .docx or scans. This enables us to further process the data as part of the quality management process at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.


Who decides which proposals will be funded?

The funding recommendations are made by a selection panel. The panel includes:

  • Prof. Dr. Oliver Benson, Department of Physics
  • Prof. Dr. Tobia Lakes, Geography Department
  • Dr. Henrik Lebuhn, Department of Social Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Ethel Matala de Mazza, Department of German Literature
  • Prof. Dr. Gesa Stedmann, Centre for British Studies


In the past, funding was also available for KOSMOS Summer Universities (2013 – 2017) and KOSMOS Dialogues (2014 – 2017).



Sarah Hartmann

International Strategy Office
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin
Room 2046
Tel.: +49 30 2093-20092