Strategic Partnership with Freie Universität Berlin


In April 2017, Professor Michael O. Hengartner, President of the University of Zurich, and Professor Peter-André Alt, President of Freie Universität Berlin, signed an agreement in Berlin to form a joint strategic partnership. The two Universities enjoy a long tradition of close links, and the bond continues to grow in research activities in particular. The collaboration is further strengthened by active student exchanges in both directions and across several subject fields. In view of the wide range of connections already existing between the two universities, the decision to enter into a strategic partnership with Freie Universität Berlin was the next logical step. 

New: Berlin-Zurich Travel Fund

With the goal of strengthening cooperation in research and teaching, UZH and FUB have established a travel fund to cover travel and accommodation expenses for scholars visiting their colleagues at the respective institutions. The funding seeks to contribute to the networking of researchers and to the internationalization of teaching.

Applications can be submitted throughout the year at the end of each month. 
More about the Berlin-Zurich Travel Fund (PDF, 239 KB)
Application Form (PDF, 241 KB)

Joint Seed Money Funding

Since spring 2017, a fund was set up to provide seed money for research projects carried out on a joint basis. The next call will take place in autumn 2020.

Funds are awarded in a competitive process. Calls for proposals are open to all disciplines and subjects, and are designed to finance the initial phases of joint research projects.

Joint Digital Humanities Fund

With the aim of strengthening cooperation in research and teaching between the two universities, Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Zurich have launched a new joint funding line to support projects in the Digital Humanities. The funding is intended to enable scientists in the humanities and computer science to identify opportunities for cooperation in the field of digital humanities and to develop joint projects. Funding can be requested for the following activities:

  • Intensive research workshops
  • Research stays of PhD students, Postdocs and Professors
  • Development of joint teaching projects
  • Preparation of applications for third-party funding 

This call is now closed.

Berlin - Zurich Visiting Scholars Program

The University of Zurich and Freie Universität Berlin wish to foster the scientific cooperation between the two institutions with a new funding scheme for visiting scholars. Planned as a short-run pilot project for the years 2018 and 2019, a total of eight research stays for visiting scholars were awarded. The call for proposals was open to all disciplines.