Spon­sor a Re­search Class

Cooperation within the framework of the Cluster of Excellence "Image Knowledge Creation. An interdisciplinary laboratory"
Cooperation within the framework of the Cluster of Excellence "Image Knowledge Creation. An interdisciplinary laboratory". Photo: Matthias Heyde

The Research Class is a unique format developed by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2013. Twelve to fifteen students from different disciplines work together on an interdisciplinary topic, learn about scientific working, and gain insights into the world of science at an early stage of their studies. The research is supervised by HU academics.

As a partner of a Humboldt Research Class, you will sponsor 12 to 15 scholarship holders and an accompanying programme as part of an interdisciplinary research project.

Your investment in a Research Class

We require between 29,000 and 35,000 euros per year to fund a Research Class. In detail, the money goes towards 12 to 15 Deutschlandstipendien, the scientific and organisational support of the project, and also the necessary material resources. The exact amount depends on the programme and the focus of the Research Class.

How you can participate in the Research Classes

  • Determine the thematic focus of the class.
  • Determine the courses of study or disciplines from which the participants come.
  • Design the programme of the class.
  • Name your class as desired.
  • Meet with the Research Class and invite the sponsored students to your events and to your institution or company.

Partner of the Humboldt-Universtität in the joint research project.

  • Design the accompanying programme for your Research Class together with us, such as a kick-off workshop, accompanying workshops and lectures.
  • Get in direct contact with the researchers supervising the Research Class and make valuable contacts with other researchers in the field in question.
  • In consultation with the scientific director of the Research Class, employees of your company or institution can support the research work and give the students insights into practice.
  • You can present the Research Class and the research project in your (social) media.
  • You will be mentioned in at least one press release of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
  • You will be invited to our celebratory Scholarship Award Ceremony with all sponsors and sponsorship recipients, as well as to the regular get-togethers.
  • Your testimonial and/or sponsor portrait may be published on our website and in other materials, thus making your institution visible to other Humboldt-Universität students.

Examples of other Research Classes

Research on recognising diversity in school education, establishing inclusive cultures and structures, and developing inclusive practices. Participants: Students in teacher training, of educational and rehabilitation sciences, psychology, gender studies, philosophy and theology.

Research on how to present research findings in exhibitions, at events and in various media, and how to establish the exchange between the world of science and society. Participants: Students of STEM subjects, music and media studies, and cultural and information sciences.

Investigation of topics of particular importance for science-related startup projects, such as innovation development, business model development, forms of corporate financing, patents and intellectual property. Participants: Students of economics, law and psychology.

Research into the latest developments in AI, the requirements for using AI solutions, human–machine interaction, and the impact of AI on social and economic life. Participants: Students of sociology, psychology, computer science, law, media studies and information sciences.

Research on the role of digital solutions and new channels of communication and information for modern democracies. Participants: Students of sociology, computer science, law, media studies and information sciences.

Development and implementation of STEM education programmes for different target groups, such as young children, schoolchildren, and persons with disabilities. Participants: Students of STEM subjects, in teacher training, and of educational sciences and rehabilitation sciences.

How does this work in practice?

Topic and academic supervision

Together with the Deutschlandstipendium team, you will determine the thematic orientation of your Research Class. The spectrum is as broad as the areas of research at the Humboldt-Universität: possible topics include those from the humanities, social and cultural sciences, mathematics and natural sciences, life and agricultural sciences, or economics and law. Once the topic has been decided, we will contact the relevant institutes at the university and speak directly with academics who could supervise the Research Class. In the second step, we will organise a meeting with you and the researchers to clarify the content of the research project, the subject areas of the funded students, the programme and other organisational matters.

Budget and contract

The budget for the Research Class varies depending on the number of scholarships, the scope of the accompanying programme, and the topic being researched (for example, there may be additional costs for laboratory instruments). Once we have agreed on the budget, we will conclude a funding agreement. The funding amount can be transferred in one go or in instalments.

Selection of the scholarship holders

The scientific director of the Research Class will determine the acceptance requirements and the application task. You can, of course, have a say in determining the subject area from which the students are selected. The selection of students is undertaken by a selection committee. As with all other scholarships, the call for applications is made in December, and the funding and work of the Research Class begin on 1 April.

Getting to know each other and networking

Through direct contact with the academic supervisors of the Research Class and by helping to organise the accompanying programme, you can get in touch with the students right at the beginning of the funding year. You will get to know your Research Class in June, at the latest, at our scholarship award ceremony. Later in the year, you will also have many opportunities to follow and support the work of the Research Class and to engage in conversation with the students and researchers at various events. At the end of the year (at the end of the winter semester), we organise a closing event, at which the research results are presented. This is usually prepared together with the sponsor and can also be open to the public.

Contact us

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