Freigeist Fellowships support outstanding (junior) researchers who would like to conduct exceptional, high-risk research between established fields of research. They will assume the leadership of their own junior research group and receive the very broadest academic freedom for a clear time frame. The program consists of two funding phases: the first funding phase focuses on the development of independence and a specific research profile, while the second phase is intended to establish the position of the Freigeist Fellow at a research institution in Germany.
Who can apply
Outstanding postdocs of all disciplines and nationalities can apply. Applicants should have completed their doctorate at least one year, but no more than four years previously. A change in academic environment and a stay abroad are required.
Integration in a university or
a non-university research institution in Germany is required at the
commencement of the Fellowship.
Type and extent of funding
funding of up to 2.2 million euros is provided for both funding phases,
including the Fellow’s own salary as junior research group leader. The funding
is flexible and can be adjusted according to the progress of the project and
(+3) years or 6 (+2) years.
Applications can be submitted at any time through the application portal at portal.volkswagenstiftung.de. You will find the application deadline on the foundation’s website. It is recommended that you contact the foundation before submitting your application.
Source : www.research-in-germany.org