Professorship

experienced scientist

Of the total of roughly 40,000 professors in German higher education (including junior and visiting professors), over 2,200 have foreign citizenship. International university teachers are in great demand: their number increased by over 20% between 2005 and 2009. The internationalisation of German higher education is also reflected in the use of English as the language of research: not only individual seminars, but also entire study programmes are increasingly being offered in English. From Accounting and Controlling to World Heritage Studies, over 730 subjects are taught in English – and this number is steadily increasing.

How can I find a post as professor?

University professorships are advertised publicly. Vacancies are published on university websites and on relevant job portals. The requirements for a professorship in Germany are proof of eligibility for appointment by habilitation or a comparable academic achievement, such as a completed junior professorship, experience as a junior group leader or appropriate research experience in industry. Also relevant are – depending on the university and subject areas – previous research projects and publications as well as teaching experience.

Funding opportunities for professorships

German funding organisations have a number of programmes that aim to enable highly qualified, experienced – and also international – researchers take up a regular professorial chair at a German university. In particular, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Fraunhofer, the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Volkswagen Foundation support outstanding researchers in setting up a professorial chair.