Freigeist Fellowships from the Volkswagen Foundation

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Volkswagen Stiftung

Exceptional researchers sometimes swim against the current. It is not always easy to convince key contact persons and decision-makers, especially when planning high-risk projects. The Volkswagen Foundation’s Freigeist Fellowship helps outstanding young postdocs to blaze new trails, make the most of their freedom and overcome resistance.

Who can apply?

  • Young researchers in all disciplines
  • Applicants should already have completed a doctorate, but not longer than five years ago
  • They should be conducting research at a university or non-university research institution in Germany
  • Academic mobility is desirable: applicants should already have changed their academic environment or research location
  • Applicants should already have completed or should be planning a research period abroad
  • The university or research institution should share the project costs

What form does funding take?

  • Depending on the field of research and the applicant’s career experience, projects of up to one million euros can be applied for
  • A second funding phase is possible
  • The term of the first funding phase is five years
  • 10 to 15 fellowships are approved each year

The next closing date for applications is 15 October 2015.