Volkswagen Foundation Offers Travel Grants for Young Researchers

Dr. Wilhelm Krull, Secretary General, Volkswagen Foundation
Dr. Wilhelm Krull, Secretary General, Volkswagen Foundation

The Volkswagen Foundation offers travel grants for PhD students or early postdoctoral degree carrying out research work on challenging projects with regard to chances and risks of transparency in different international fields of politics, economy and civil society.

Applicants can win one of 25 grants to take part in the Herrenhausen Conference on “Transparency and Society” in Berlin, Germany. Herrenhausen Conference is aimed at promoting a deeper understanding of transparency and identifying approaches to handle the different and diverging demands and expectations on transparency within society.

Selected applicants will get the chance to present research in a 3 minute lightning-talk and during several poster sessions. The grants include travel expenses to and from Berlin, visa fees (if applicable), as well as accommodation in Berlin.

Interested applicants should send a short description of their research focus that explains how their approach contributes to exploring the role and function of transparency in the development and transformation of modern societies (maximum of 1,000 characters).

Applicants should send an abstract of research project (maximum of ,3000 characters) with research question, research method, rough time table, results and outlook as well as naming their research institutions, research partners and thesis advisors. They should also send a short curriculum vitae (maximum of 1,000 characters) and a short list of their most recent publications (maximum of 5)

Application closes on October 31, 2017.

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