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Tenure Track Professorship

Wübben Stiftung Wissenschaft’s Tenure Track Professorship program supports German universities in appointing and onboarding international talents for tenure track positions by funding the first years of the professorship.

The program is for
outstanding researchers from abroad
up to €1.2 million
German universities
October 1, 2024


Wübben Stiftung Wissenschaft’s Tenure Track Professorship program supports German universities in appointing and onboarding scholars in the R3 career stage from around the globe. It addresses a gap in the funding landscape and enhances the competitiveness of German universities in their quest for the best. The program offers international scholars not only the opportunity to carry out innovative research projects in an attractive working environment, but also provides reliable career perspectives in the German academic system.


Wübben Stiftung Wissenschaft finances 50% of a Tenure Track Professorship. Universities can apply for up to €1 million in case of a 5-year tenure track period or up to €1.2 million in case of a 6-year tenure track period. The amount supplied by the Foundation must be matched by the university. The Foundation's funds are to be spent in the first half of the tenure track period, the university finances the second half. 10% of the funds must be made available to the professor as discretionary means for his or her research project.

Who is eligible?

All German universities are eligible to apply if they have made an appointment offer for a tenure track professorship to an outstanding international scholar. Applications can be submitted for candidates who hold a doctorate and have been living and working abroad for at least three years. 

Candidates should be promising academics who are ranked as leading early career researchers in their respective field and whose original approaches have the potential to innovate their research area. They have gathered substantial independent research experience, have relevant publications or awards to underline their expertise, and have the leadership skills to head a research team.

Application procedure

Apply for funding in 6 steps

Time from submission to decision: approx. six months




Universities can submit applications once a year via the Foundation's application portal. Please check the program information available below for further details. 



Formal check 

The Foundation will carry out a first formal check (including the budget). 




Applications undergo an international peer review process. In addition, independent experts evaluate the proposed onboarding and dual-career measures.



Funding recommendations 

On the basis of the external peer reviews, the Foundation's Research Board develops funding recommendations. The vote of the Research Board is weighted at 80%, that of the independent experts for international appointments at 20%. 




Wübben Stiftung Wissenschaft assigns funding based on the Research Board’s recommendations. Please note that funding is subject to the availability of financial resources.



Funding phase 

After receiving the Foundation’s approval letter, the university has immediate access to the funds. The Foundation expects the candidate to begin the professorship within the subsequent twelve months.

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.