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Appointment Accelerator
Tenure Track Professorship

The program provides top-up funds for German universities to expedite their appointment negotiations with promising scholars from around the world. 

The program is for
outstanding scholars from abroad
Amount
up to €400,000
Eligibility
German universities
Deadlines
October 1, 2024 / March 1, 2025

Objective

The program provides top-up funds for German universities to expedite their appointment negotiations with promising scholars (in the R3 career stage) from around the world.

Funding

Universities can apply for funding of up to €400,000 if their own funds are not sufficient to conclude the appointment negotiations successfully. The maximum amount of funding that can be applied for may not exceed the costs of staff and equipment provided by the university exclusively for this professorship. The universities are free to use the Foundation's funds for staff expenses and equipment as well as onboarding and dual-career measures. The funds must be spent within the first four years of the tenure track period.

Who is eligible?

All German universities currently in negotiations to appoint a promising international academic to a tenure track professorship are eligible to apply. Each university can submit one application per call. Applications can be submitted for candidates who hold a doctorate and have been working outside of Germany for at least three years at the time of application.

Application procedure

Four steps to funding

Time from submission to decision: max. three months

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Application

Applications can be submitted via the Foundation’s web portal. Please check the program information available below for further details.

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Selection

Funding is awarded on the basis of (a) the reviews submitted by the universities and (b) an external assessment of the proposed onboarding and dual-career measures

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Decision

The Foundation will announce its decision no later than three months after the application deadline. 

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Funding

Once the funding decision has been communicated, candidates have three months to accept the appointment.

Applications for 2024 can be submitted until October 1, 2024. The application portal will be accessible from in early July onward. Please check this page for further information. 

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