Each professorship will be endowed with capital totalling at least 5 million EUR. The Volkswagen Foundation and, if applicable, one of the Stifterverband’s affiliated foundations each enter into a commitment for a starting capital of 1 million EUR per professorship. Another 3 million EUR must be guaranteed by the host university through fundraising. Eligible for funding are highly qualified researchers of all disciplines and nationalities who, together with the target university in Germany, are in international comparison among the leaders in their respective fields of research.
W2 or W3 professorships are primarily supported, preferably returning scientists or applicants from abroad.
- one-time payment at the beginning of the funding
- The foundation will accompany the professorship holders over 5 years.