532 new professorships were established at 57 universities in September, to be funded by the tenure-track programme of Germany’s federal government and the Länder (the federal states). The new chairs have been created to supplement the 468 professorships that had already been set up in the first round of the programme in 2017. In all, 75 universities and equivalent higher education institutions are now profiting from the 1,000 additional posts (only in German).
Tenure-track professorships give young academics in the early stages of their careers a coveted opportunity. Following the successful completion of a probationary period, the academics can transition immediately to a permanent post. "The tenure-track programme makes it easier for young academics to plan their path to a tenured position, while at the same time making the entire process more transparent. A tenure-track professorship is extremely attractive for academics from Germany and abroad and will strengthen Germany as a country of innovation", explained Federal Minister of Research and Education Anja Karliczek when the programme was announced.