2.2 million Euro ‘Freigeist’ Fellowships for PhD Recipients of All Nationalities at Scientific Research Organizations or Universities in Germany, 2019

The Volkswagen Foundation has made available her 2.2 million Euro ‘Freigeist’ Fellowships which is currently opened for PhD recipients of all nationalities to study for PhD degree in the field of open to all disciplines and topics offered at Scientific Research Organizations or Universities in Germany for the year 2019.

You can apply for this program simply by reading through this page for full details on how to process your scholarship application.

2.2 million Euro 'Freigeist' Fellowships for PhD Recipients of All Nationalities at Scientific Research Organizations or Universities in Germany, 2019

The Volkswagen Foundation (Volkswagenstiftung) is a German private nonprofit organization for the promotional of research and education in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. It was established in 1961 as Stiftung Volkswagenwerk with a portion of the confiscated assets of the Volkswagenwerk GmbH.

It is not affiliated to the present company, the Volkswagen Group It has a capital of 2.6 billion euros, as of 2013, the largest of any German scientific foundation. Since its founding, it has distributed 4 billion Euros in grants, and now funds new projects at the rate of 100 million Euros per year.

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Scholarship Description:

  • Course Level: PhD Degree
  • Scholarship can be taken in: Scientific research organizations or universities in Germany
  • Number of awards: Unspecified
  • Nationality: For all nationals

Field of Study:

  • Open to all disciplines and topics

Scholarship Award:

  • Please be inform that the recipient of the Volkswagen ‘Freigeist’ Fellowships in Germany will get up to 2.2 million Euros.


  • Applicants of Volkswagen ‘Freigeist’ Fellowships, 2019 must have received their doctorate degree no longer than four years ago but at least one year previously.
  • The fellowship of the student must be integrated either within a university or research organization in Germany.
  • Candidates applying for Volkswagen ‘Freigeist’ Fellowships, 2019 must have shifted their academic environment and moved to a new location.
  • The proposed research projects must include details of a recently completed research sojourn abroad.
  • As the review panel is recruited internationally, all the application must be sent in English.

Selection criteria:

The following are the factors based on which the selections for Volkswagen ‘Freigeist’ Fellowships, 2019 are made:

  • the ability of the student for independent research
  • a constructive approach to possible risks
  • the potential for breakthroughs, new methodological approaches, interdisciplinary cooperation
  • the originality of the project and scientific quality
  • personal qualifications
  • the accuracy of fit between the project proposal, applicant’s personal profile, and the aims of the funding initiative

Closing Date for Applications:

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