The Studienkolleg zu Berlin is a joint initiative of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation) and the Hertie Foundation in cooperation with the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften. The Studienkolleg is a kind of "junior sister institution" to the Wissenschaftskolleg: It invites around thirty students in all disciplines from Germany and other European countries to spend one year in Berlin. Along with continuing their studies at one of Berlin's or Brandenburg's universities, the scholarship holders also take part in the Studienkolleg's accompanying lecture and seminar program. Additionally, they work together in small project groups on various topics. The goal of the Studienkolleg is not only to foster highly gifted students at an early stage of their careers. It also wants to sharpen the scholarship holders' awareness of the dense interconnectedness of European cultures. The intensive encounter among fellow students, which can lead to long-term personal ties, greatly contributes to this aim.
The Wissenschaftskolleg supports the Studienkolleg on various levels. Former and current Fellows recommend students from other European countries for the program, hold lectures and are ready to give advice to the students. The former Rector of the Wissenschaftskolleg, Dieter Grimm, acts as the chairman of the advisory board of the Studienkolleg.