Goal of the initiative
With the “Lichtenberg Endowed Professorships”, the Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft and the Volkswagen Foundation would like to establish a new endowment funding instrument for universities in Germany. This will help universities to attract outstanding scientists from innovative, seminal and risky fields of research.
The initiative provides greater planning security for both the universities and the holders of the professorship. In addition, universities can now operate their innovation and structural policies more independently and reliably than before, and are encouraged to step up their efforts to acquire external funds. At the same time, the initiative sends a signal for more civic engagement in the field of science.
The promotion offer
Each professorship will be endowed with capital totaling at least five million euros. On the part of the Volkswagen Foundation and possibly a foundation affiliated to the Stifterverband, a starting capital of one million euros per professorship will be made available. Another three million euros must be guaranteed by the university through fundraising. Highly qualified scientists of all disciplines and nationalities, who are (in) international leaders in their respective fields of research together with the target university in Germany, can apply.
Further information on tender conditions and application can be found under Information on application 112 (pdf) . Applications are submitted in electronic form via the application portal.