The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Freie Universität Berlin have been partner universities since 1986. A strategic partnership agreement was signed in 2011. Currently, more than 100 scientists from both universities are cooperating in joint research and teaching projects.
A special focus lies on the promotion of young researchers, for example through annual joint PhD workshops and the exchange of doctoral students. In October 2014, HUJI and FUB established the first DFG-funded German-Israeli Research Training Group. It focuses on "Human Rights under Pressure - Ethics, Law, and Politics." Since 2014, two Joint Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded each year, enabling excellent young researchers to spend one year each in Berlin and Jerusalem. And since 2016, doctoral students of the Hebrew University have been able to spend a short research period in Berlin as part of the Ludwig Armbruster Fellowship sponsored by the Berlin Zoological Garden.
In addition to the existing joint projects, the two universities promote cooperation in research and teaching through an annual Joint Seed Money Fund, which has funded more than 25 joint research projects over the past five years.