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Research funding for Those Seeking to Become Full Professors

By Julia Becker

Nowadays if you are looking to become a full professor there are a number of places along the way where you can find funding, whether as part of your habilitation work or as part of an alternative programme. In this article we will look at just some of the options available.

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Funding for habilitation research: The habilitation scholarship

Many universities advertise habilitation scholarships to provide financial support to outstanding researchers while they pursue their habilitation. Information about these scholarships is available on the websites of the individual universities. In addition to universities, a number of individual foundations also offer habilitation scholarships.

An alternative to habilitation: The Emmy Noether Programme

The Emmy Noether Programme offered by the DFG is an alternative to the traditional habilitation and gives outstanding researchers the opportunity to qualify for a full professorship within five to six years. The programme is based on giving participating researchers their own research group consisting of young researchers to manage as well as teaching duties at a university. Applicants can be from Germany or abroad and are typically outstanding postdoctoral researchers with a number of years research experience. The support consists of funding for the researcher's position as well as funding for additional personnel, materials and travel expenses.

Funding for young foreign professors in Germany: The Humboldt Research Fellowship

Foreign researchers working towards full professorships who are assistant professors or junior research group leaders and who are intending to conduct research in Germany can avail themselves of a research fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation which is worth €2,450 per month. These fellowships last for between 6-18 months. In addition to several years of independent research, applicants are expected to have numerous publications in internationally-recognized scientific journals. Furthermore, applicants must have completed their doctorates no more than 12 years prior to applying.

Scholarships for advanced, top-level researchers: The EURYI Award scheme

European Young Investigator Awards are given to outstanding young researchers from any country to create their own research teams at European research centres. Prospective applicants must be able to provide evidence of between 2-8 years postdoctoral research experience. In each funding round, approximately 25 awards are made, each providing funding of €1 million over five years. Applications are assessed on the basis of the applicant's research record, the reputation of the research centre and both the quality and originality of the proposed project.

academics :: July 2009