"Freigeist" Fellow Dr. Hendrik Weimer

Can quantum physics be mastered?

At the Institute for Theoretical Physics of Leibniz Universität Hannover, junior scientist Dr. Hendrik Weimer has focused his research on quantum technology. He creates models that help manage the enormous complexity of quantum physics. Based on these, he develops experiments that put theoretical ideas, like quantum computers, into practice. The areas of application include high-precision measurement techniques, or the simulation of material properties.

VolkswagenStiftung supports his endeavours with a “Freigeist” fellowship worth 900,000 Euro.  This funding program is directed toward outstanding junior scientists who address extraordinary scientific issues


From Harvard to Hannover - Hendrik Weimer‘s career

Dr. Hendrik Weimer studied physics in Stuttgart and Durham. After obtaining his doctorate, he worked at Harvard University and the Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Cambridge, USA, until he transferred to Leibniz Universität Hannover in 2012. 

During the “Freigeist” Fellowship’s first call, Weimer received a grant of 900,000 Euro. The funding program is directed toward junior scientists with exceptional research approaches and original ideas. Therefore his application was successful.

The “Freigeist” Fellowship – General Information

VolkswagenStiftung’s “Freigeist“ Fellowship is open to all disciplines and focuses on extraordinary postdoctoral researchers with a strong personality who work at the borders of established research fields and engage in risk-taking science.   

The Fellowship, scheduled for a minimum of 5 years

- offers the freedom to develop one’s own research profile,

- provides a maximum funding amount of one million Euro for one’s own position, further personnel, as well as consumables, travel expenses, etc.

- has flexible funding periods and can be adapted to provide for unexpected occurrences during the course of the project and one’s personal development.


- outstanding scientific qualifications, as well as a creative, innovative, and visionary idea

- interdisciplinary work and independent development of an unique angle or new methodological approach

- the doctorate must have been obtained no longer than 5 years previously

- candidates must have changed their academic environment at least once, or leave the working context of their doctorate

- experience abroad

- the research project must be integrated within a university or extra-mural research institution in Germany 

For detailed information regarding Fellowship requirements, see: