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Information Event: Funding Opportunities of the DFG and VolkswagenStiftung for Postdocs

In this online informational event, you will have the opportunity to obtain in-depth information on the topic of acquiring third-party funding. Representatives of both the German Research Foundation (DFG) and VolkswagenStiftung will present comprehensive overviews of their funding programmes. Afterwards, we continue with a panel discussion on the topic of "Academic (Grant) Writing with AI".


Successful careers in academia are almost inseparably linked to the successful acquisition of third-party funding. Finding, applying for and being given the "right" type of grant can be a tremendous boon to any researcher's career. But how does one navigate the sprawling landscape of academic funding? How does one determine which programme is suitable for the current or next step in their career?

To answer these questions — and related ones — we are hosting a digital informational event on June 26, 2024 from 1.00 pm to 3.45 pm.

In the first part of the event, representatives of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the VolkswagenStiftung will present their institutions and research funding offers for postdocs, providing insights into how you can identify the right offer for your career station and successfully acquire funding for your own postdoc research project.

In the second part of the event we host a panel discussion on the role of AI in academia also with regard to grant writing. Together with panellists from the DFG, VolkswagenStiftung, Universität Marburg, HessenHub, and TwentyOne Skills we will discuss how artificial intelligence is transforming the landscape and practices of academic writing, what challenges this provides, and how the use of different AI models is viewed by the industry, universities, and funding institutions.



This event is part of the programme "Career Development for Postdoctoral Researchers", which is jointly organized by the three graduate institutions Giessen Graduate Centre for Social Sciences, Business, Economics and Law (GGS), International Giessen Graduate Centre for the Life Sciences (GGL) and MArburg University Research Academy (MARA) under the umbrella of the Research Campus Central Hessen.

The chief organizers of the event are Dr Christine Berger (MARA), Dr Sabine Otto (GGL), Dr Sina Weidenweber (THM), and Felix Wagner (GGS).

If you have any questions or remarks about the event and programme, contact us via email to,, or


Target Audience

Doctoral candidates, postdocs, junior research group leaders, junior professors, tenure-track professors from all disciplines (Philipps-Universität Marburg, Justus Liebig Universität Giessen, Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen — University of Applied Sciences, Research Campus of Central Hessen (FCMH), Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Universität Kassel).



13:00–13:10 h


 Event organizers

13:10–13:55 h

Funding for Postdocs by the DFG

 Dr Anjana Buckow

13:55–14:30 h

Funding for Postdocs by the VolkswagenStiftung

 Dr Annabella Hüfler-Fick

14:30–14:40 h

Coffee Break


14:40–15:35 h 

Panel Discussion "Academic (Grant) Writing with AI"

 Dr Hanna Denecke (VolkwagenStiftung)

 Dr Joss von Hadeln (HessenHub)

 Dimitra Lountzi (TwentyOne Skills)

 Professor Dr Gert Bange (Phillips-Universität Marburg)

15:35–15:45 h

Wrap Up