Finding Scholarships

Here you can find information on various kinds of DAAD funding for foreign students, graduates and postdocs as well as on funding offered by other selected organisations.

Programme Description
With the Lichtenberg Professorships the Volkswagen Foundation has set itself the aim of sponsoring qualified young academics and thereby also offer institution of higher education a degree of planning reliability. The professorships sponsored by the foundation can be supported over a period of up to 8 years. If possible, the chairs should be taken over by the higher education institutions after that period of time. Approximately 10 professorships are sponsored with this programme. The target group are young, highly qualified academics. They should already have published outstanding and independent scientific papers after completing their doctorate. Decisive selection criteria include qualification of the applicant, the research topic, as well as the academic environment and integration in the institution of higher education. Each sponsored professorship is supported with 0.8 to 1.5 million EUR over the first 5 years. An evaluation takes place after that period of time and a decision on how to proceed further is made.

Target Group
The core target groups are young academics who have completed their doctorates no more than four years ago. The funding initiative is also aimed at younger academics with an excellent record, who have completed a doctorate no more than seven years ago.

Number of Scholarships
about 10

Up to 8 years

Scholarship Value
The programme commences with a 5-year sponsorship of 0.8 to 1.5 million EUR per professorship according to the requirements of the particular subject area and the individual requirements of the applicant. A positive evaluation may result in further sponsorship on a diminishing scale for a period of up to 3 years; type and scope are agreed by the institution of higher education, the professor and the foundation at the time of evaluation at the latest.

Application Papers
The foundation expects a detailed description of the subject area of the professorship and its degree of innovation also in an international context, as well as of the concept agreed with the institution of higher education. Additionally required is an in-depth justification of the choice of the institution of higher education, the integration of the subject focus in the academic environment, as well as details about teaching and committee work and the extent thereof. Please refer to the application form for further required specifications. Statements (binding) by the institution of higher education are also necessary. Information about the exact requirements for all applications can be found on the following web page:

Application Deadline
Application deadline: 01.11. of each year.

Application Requirements
This scholarship is intended for young, highly qualified academics, preferably having spent time abroad, who have published outstanding, independent scientific papers after gaining their doctorate. Decisive criteria for selection by the foundation include qualification of the applicant, a subject focus in an innovative and therefore risky research area, as well as the academic environment and integration in the higher education institution.

Programme variations

  • Lichtenberg Professorships


Volkswagen Foundation
Kastanienallee 35
30519 Hannover

Contact person
Frau Dr. Anja Fließ
Tel.: 05 11/83 81-374
Fax: 05 11/8381 4374
E-Mail: fliess@