Programme Description

The sponsorship is open to candidates of all disciplines, including the humanities as well as the natural or social sciences, engineering and medicine. Applicants of any nationality are welcome. The main target group are researchers of the professorial W2 and W3 levels, especially international researchers or scientists returning from abroad. The admitting institution must be a higher-education institution in Germany.

Every professorship will be endowed with a total funding of EUR 5 million. The Volkswagen Foundation will provide per professorship EUR 1 million as initial capital.
The donor’s association furthermore offers candidates to put them in contact with one of its affiliated foundations, at which funding in the same amount may be applied for. Should this be unsuccessful, the Volkswagen Foundation may grant funding worth another EUR 1 million. In any event, only one single application- and evaluation procedure is necessary.

The admitting institution and/or other external funding agencies must provide for a further EUR 3 million. In the experimental subjects a higher sum would be preferable. The management of the funds may be carried out by the donor’s association, when indicated.

Target Group

The funding is geared to researchers of any discipline or nationality who wish to work at a higher-education institution in Germany. W2 or W3 professorships are primarily supported, preferably returning scientists or applicants from abroad.

Academic Requirements

doctorate

Duration

  • one-time payment at the beginning of the funding
  • the foundation will accompany the professorship holders over five years

Scholarship Value

Every professorship will be endowed with a total funding of EUR 5 million at least. The Volkswagen Foundation will provide per professorship EUR 1 million as initial capital.
The donor’s association furthermore offers candidates to put them in contact with one of its affiliated foundations, at which funding in the same amount may be applied for. Should this be unsuccessful, the Volkswagen Foundation may grant funding worth another EUR 1 million. In any event, only one single application- and evaluation procedure is necessary.

Application Papers

You will find all information on the application procedure here

Application Deadline

An application can be made at any time

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