'Freigeist' Fellowships from the Volkswagen Foundation

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Who can apply?

Requirements for applicants include the following:

  • doctorate completed not longer than five years ago
  • attachment to a university or non-university research institution in Germany at the start of the fellowship
  • academic mobility: applicants should already have changed their academic environment or research location
  • international experience
  • university or research institution should share the project costs

Ten to 15 fellowships are awarded each year.

What form does funding take?

The term of the first funding phase is five years. Depending on the field of research and the applicant’s career experience, projects with total costs of up to one million euros can be applied for. A second funding phase of up to three years is also possible.

When is the closing date for applications?

Applications can be submitted from now until 12 October 2017.

Terms and conditions of application

The terms and conditions of application can be found here: 
www.volkswagenstiftung.de > 'Freigeist' Fellowships