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Excellence Initiative


To promote top-level research and improve the quality of German universities and research institutions in general, thus making Germany a more attractive research location, and more internationally competitive and focussing attention on the outstanding achievements of German universities and the German scientific community.

The three funding lines of the initiative: graduate schools to promote young scientists, clusters of excellence to promote top-level research, institutional strategies to promote top-level university research. For more details log on to external link


The precise conditions for receiving funding were defined in accordance with the criteria specified by the federal and state governments.

Study Length

5 years


German federal and state governments

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

The DFG is a central, self-governing research organization, which promotes research at universities and other publicity financial research institutions in Germany. The DFG serves all branches of science and the humanities by funding research projects and facilitating cooperation among researchers.

Contact Details

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For more information regarding this award, please contact the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) by using the links below.


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