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Freigeist Fellowships for International Students in Germany – 2019/2020


Application for the Freigeist Fellowships for International Students in Germany – 2019/2020 Entry is now open by the Volkswagen Foundation in Germany.


Freigeist Fellowships for International Students in Germany - 2019/2020


The offer is aimed at excellent junior scientists who want to pursue exceptional, risky science between established research fields and pursue risky science.The initial funding period is five years it is depending on the field of research and career experience, projects in a total amount of up to 1,000,000 Euro.

The aim of the program is to encourage exceptional research personalities to embark on visionary, risk-taking research projects at the intersections between established fields of research.

The Scholarships are one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world. The aim of the program is to create a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.



Scholars are selected on the following criteria:

  • International candidates are eligible to apply for the opportunity .
  • The ‘Freigeist’ scheme is deliberately open to all disciplines and topics.
  • Anyone can apply who identifies with the goals of a ‘Freigeist’ Fellowship and whose proposed research project fits in with the aims pursued by the Freigeist initiative. Candidates must, however, conform to the following conditions:
  • Their doctorate must have been obtained not longer than five years previously (with regard to the date of the defense relative to the deadline of the initiative).
  • The Fellowship must from the outset be integrated within a university or an extra-mural research institution in Germany.
  • Candidates must already have changed their academic environment and moved to a new location – at the latest when starting the Fellowship. A return to the working context of the doctorate will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances.
  • A previously completed research sojourn abroad, at the latest, integrated into the proposed research project.
  • There is no specific admission is required to apply for this application.
  • English language requirements for candidates who do not speak English as their first language.


Application must include:

  • There are no supporting documents are required for this free study.
  • Only applications that have been submitted (with the International Office and registered on the website of the scholarship) before October 10th,2019 will be considered.

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