Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - bologna.lab


The Concept

Q-Teams are student research teams, supervised by PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Within the framework of an on-going research project based at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin or at a cooperating extramural research institute, the students work on a question of their own devising. Through research-based learning, they gain experience of and insight into research, either in their own subjects or in an interdisciplinary context.


The Format

A Q-Team is made up of five to ten students, ideally from different departments. It meets over a period of one to two semesters.

The Q-Team leaders (PhD students, postdocs or other junior researchers) are granted a temporary teaching contract for the supervision of a Q-Team, and can take part our accompanying programme on higher education didactics. They supervise the content and methodology of the project, gain mentoring and teaching experience and, thanks to the (interdisciplinary) exchange with the students, can gather ideas and suggestions for their own research projects.

In an ideal scenario, the students experience the entire research process, from formulating a question to publishing the results. 


Students interested in participating will find further information on course content and registration on Agnes.


Applying to Teach in a Q-Team

Applications for the winter semester 2022/23 are open until 24 August 2022

Further information on the application can be found on our application webpage. Or download the Call as a PDF in German or in English

For the application you need the "Formblatt" (bilingual ger/eng). 

Please apply through the online form.


We are happy to discuss any queries via e-mail, on the phone, or via Zoom until 20 July: Contact us at



The bologna.lab offers Circle U.-Teams in cooperation with the Circle U. at Humboldt-Universität. If you are interested in leading a student team in a different format than research-based learning, see our Circle U.-Teams Call


The following video presents the work of several Q-Teams in the 2015/2016 semester.




If you are interested in Q-Teams or have questions concerning the application process, you are welcome to contact us at the following email:



Laura Schilow


Tel.: +49-(0)30-2093-70807