Freethinker Research International Fellowships, Germany

The Freethinker Research Fellowships are now open. Scholars from all over the world are welcome to apply. 10 to 15 free-spirit fellowships are awarded every year. The closing date of application is 11 October 2018.

Fellowship Description
The Volkswagen Foundation is offering Freethinker Fellowships to pursue research. International students are eligible to apply for this fellowship programme. The offer is aimed at exceptional researchers who wish to move between established research fields and engage in risky science. The non-profit Volkswagen Foundation supports research projects in all disciplines. In the context of changing funding initiatives, it gives targeted impetus to science.

Award Value
A second funding period of two or three years is possible, whereby the total funding period (incl. the first funding phase) is a maximum of eight years. Prerequisite is one through the foundation carried out a positive evaluation and a clear perspective for the continuation of the position of Fellows from the host institution. Again, flexibility is given for the second phase, a change to another institution is possible. The funding for the second Depending on project-specific requirements, the funding phase ranges between 0.5 and 1 million euros, the total funding for both funding periods must not exceed EUR 2.2 million.

Level and Area of Studies
Research program in any field.

Place of Study
In Germany.

Eligibility and Criteria
The following formal requirements are also placed on the applicants:

  • Promotion is at least one year and max. four years back (referring to the date of the exam [Disputation / Rigorosum] in relation to the deadline of the call for tenders).
  • Integration into a university or non-university research institution in Germany with the beginning of the Fellowship.
  • Already completed change of the academic environment and place, at the latest with the beginning of the Fellowship (Return to working context of the doctoral phase only in exceptional cases).
  • Already completed stay abroad, at the latest integrated into the requested project.

Applicants’ Nationality
International students are welcome to apply.

Application Instruction
See the link below.

Submission Deadline
11 October 2018.

Website and Application Link

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