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Apply now: “Freigeist” fellowships by the Volkswagen Foundation

A “Freigeist” fellow: for the Volkswagen Foundation this means a young researcher with a strong personality, a creative mind, an ability to identify and use freedom, dedicated to overcoming resistance. If necessary, he or she will be a free spirit, enjoying the unexpected, even unexpected difficulties. A “Freigeist” fellow opens up new horizons and combines critical analysis with imagination and innovative solutions. By thinking ahead, the “Freigeist” fellow will act as a catalyst in overcoming existing disciplinary, institutional and even national boundaries.

Who can apply?
The “Freigeist” scheme is deliberately left open to all disciplines and topics. The main focus is on junior researchers (up to 4 years of postdoctoral experience) working at the borders of neighbouring fields or disciplines. The “Freigeist” initiative offers freedom for creative thinking, whilst at the same time providing security for at least 5 years and in the long run the opportunity to establish a career within a scientific research organization or university in Germany. The initiative even incorporates the possibility to apply for additional components during the funding period (e.g. funding of staff positions, travel expenses etc.).

Deadline for applications is 10 October 2019.

Details of conditions and the application procedure can be found under Information for Applicants. Applications must be filed electronically via the application portal.

Apply now!