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.

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Programme Description
The foundation supports outstanding young researchers to work independently, enabling them to pursue and establish new and interdisciplinary lines of research at a university of their choice in Germany. Early-career researchers from all subjects who have been awarded their doctorates within 4 (for W1 professorships) or 7 years (for W2 professorships) prior to the application and who have already gathered international experience are offered a tenure track option. For the period following the funding and upon a positive evaluation, the universities commit to assuming the successful professorship and guarantee that a regular professorship will be included in their budget. Up to 7 professorships are awarded per call, depending on the outcome of the evaluation. Initial funding over a period of 5 years is available in an amount of EUR 0.8 to 1.5 million per professorship, in accordance with the specific requirements of the respective field and the individual applicant’s qualifications. Upon a positive evaluation the Foundation can approve up to 3 years of continuing degressive funding or the professorship can be continued as an endowed chair (W3 professorship).

Target Group
The funding is geared to researchers from all subjects and of all nationalities who wish to work at a higher education institution in Germany: W1 professorships are primarily supported, but also W2 professorships are financed, preferably for returnees or applicants from abroad.

Number of Scholarships
up to 7 professorships per call, depending on the evaluation

Duration
5 to 8 years

Scholarship Value
Initial funding is available in an amount of EUR 0.8 to 1.5 million per professorship over a period of 5 years, in accordance with the specific requirements of the respective field and the individual applicant’s qualifications. The Foundation can be flexible concerning the professorship’s configuration and infrastructure. Upon a positive evaluation the Foundation can approve up to 3 years of continuing degressive funding or the professorship can be continued as an endowed chair (W3 professorship).

Application Papers
You will find all relevant application forms and information on the application procedure here.

Application Deadline
2 June 2015

Application Requirements
W1 professorships as core target group:

  • as a rule the doctorate was obtained within the past 4 years
  • a change of academic environment and location, at the latest upon appointment to the professorship
  • only as an exception it is possible to return (with accordant statement and evidence of an academic independence) to the higher education institution where the PhD or the 'habilitation' was conferred
  • publication record of independent research following the doctorate

W2 professorships, preferably returnees or applicants from abroad
  • as a rule the doctorate should have been obtained within the past 7 years
  • change of academic environment within the past 5 years, at the latest upon appointment to the professorship
  • only as an exception it is possible to return (with accordant statement and evidence of an academic independence) to the higher education institution where the PhD or the 'habilitation' was conferred
  • successful long-term research experience abroad
  • research interests outside the established core areas of the respective discipline

Programme variations

  • Volkswagen Foundation: Lichtenberg Professorships

Contact

Volkswagen Foundation
Kastanienallee 35
30519 Hannover
Germany


Contact person
Dr. Anja Fließ
Tel.: 0511/8381-374
Fax: 0511/8381-4374
E-Mail: fliess@volkswagenstiftung.de