VolkswagenStiftung set up the funding initiative "Symposia and Summer Schools" to support events in all subject areas dealing with new scientific ideas and research approaches. Funding can be made available for symposia, workshops, conferences, and summer schools, but also innovative event formats, developed to support networking and interaction. The initiative is thematically open. Nonetheless, the basic criteria to receive a foundation grant include:
An interdisciplinary and international context, active participation on part of young researchers (PhDs and post-docs) as well as a significant number of female scientists among the speakers and participants.
The symposia, workshops and conferences funded by VolkswagenStiftung are held in the newly constructed “Schloss Herrenhausen” convention centre in Hanover. Summer schools can still be funded at other venues throughout Germany. For further information regarding the terms of funding and application requirements, please visit