At the heart of the Center for Metropolitan Studies is the Transatlantic Graduate Research Program Berlin – New York "History and Culture of Metropolis in the 20th Century", which is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The Program is an unprecedented cooperation of five renowned Universities: the Technische Universität Berlin, the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt Universität Berlin, New York University, and Columbia University.
Within the scope of the program 14 doctoral candidates and 2 post-docs from nine different disciplines and five nations will receive scholarships for three years, including a visiting fellowship at an American Partner University. In return, American doctoral candidates will join the Berlin team at regular intervals. Beyond Berlin and New York, research topics include the cities of Chicago, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Vienna, Belgrade and Sofia.
One of the main objective is to encourage interdisciplinary and comparative research on the European and North American metropolis of the 20th century as well as to analyze questions of the metropolis of today. In this, New York and Berlin serve paradigmatically as key cities and initial points of departure.
Further information: http://www.metropolitanstudies.de/