Bribery, Fraud, Cheating – How to Explain and to Avoid Organizational Wrongdoing

Call for Abstracts of the VolkswagenStiftung in cooperation with the University of Heidelberg. Deadline: June 30th 2017

The Topic

The fight against corruption and malpractice has entered a new phase. In many companies, compliance departments were created over the past two decades and most recently, large hospitals followed suit. National laws and international rules have become more stringent and sanctions more severe. However, the new regulatory boom at organizational, national and international levels has failed to yield the desired deterrence. Despite high-profile cases of corruption, the scandals have not come to an end and new ones come into light. During the Herrenhausen Symposium specialists from backgrounds as diverse as research, law enforcement and compliance cover topics of corruption and manipulation and will discuss effective counter-measures.

Travel Grants

The Volkswagen Foundation offers 15 travel grants for PhD students early-career scientists (Postdocs, max. 5 years since PhD) who currently work on topics related to bribery, fraud, and/or cheating in companies, sports, medicine or from a legal perspective to take part in the Herrenhausen Symposium ,,Bribery, Fraud, Cheating" in Hanover, Germany. Successful applicants will get the chance to briefly present their main arguments in the plenum. Posters on their respective PhD projects will be displayed during the symposium. The grants include travel expenses to and from Hanover, visa fees (if applicable), as well as accommodation in Hanover for the duration of the symposium.

Your application should contain the following

  • A short description of your research focus that explains how your approach tackles the lead question of how organization deviate from legal paths and how they might get back on track (max. 2 000 characters),
  • An abstract of your research project (max. 2 000 characters) and an expected/past graduation date
  • A short C.V. (max. 1 000 characters),
  • A short list for your most recent publications (max. 5).


Participants will be selected by the steering committee. Acceptance will be based on qualification of the applicant as well as originality and potential of the research project.

Useful information

Application deadline: June 30th 2017

Detailed program:

Queries: Please contact Anorthe Wetzel, Volkswagen Foundation, at wetzel(at)volkswagenstiftung(dot)de

Further Information (PDF).
Preliminary Program (PDF).