Freigeist Fellowships


The "Freigeist" scheme from the Volkwagen Foundation (VolkswagenStiftung) is open to all disciplines and topics. The scheme mainly focuses on outstanding junior researchers who wish to carry out research at the boundaries between established fields of research. The initiative offers freedom for creative thinking, whilst at the same time providing the security to establish a junior research group for at least five years. In the long term, it provides the opportunity to establish a career within a scientific research organisation or university in Germany.

Freigeist Fellowships at Leibniz University Hannover

Digital Cases
Faculty of Humanities / L3S Research Center
Funded since 2018
Contact: Prof. Stefanie Büchner,  Institute of Sociology, Schneiderberg 50, 30167 Hannover

Completed Freigeist Fellowships

Quantum States on Demand
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Funded since 2014, transferred to Technische Universität Berlin as of 01.05.2023
Contact: Prof. Dr. Hendrik Weimer, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Hardenbergstraße 36, 10623 Berlin