Helmholtz Distinguished Professorship

In brief

The Helmholtz Distinguished Professorship programme specifically seeks exceptionally qualified, experienced and internationally recognised women scientists from abroad. Together with a partner university, Helmholtz offers excellent women scientists a professorship at W3 level.

Who can apply?

Highly distinguished women scientists

  • who are recognised leaders in their respective research field
  • who have an outstanding international reputation
  • who are currently conducting research at institutions abroad (this may include women researchers of German nationality who have been employed abroad in recent years)
  • whose research profile complements that of the respective Helmholtz Center and the research programme

Type and extent of funding

Funding amounts to 600,000 euros per scientist and year. It can be used to finance the position of the woman scientist, the members of her research group and relevant equipment. The Helmholtz Center and partner university are expected to provide substantial additional financial resources.


Funding will be provided for permanent appointments.


Candidates must apply directly to the respective Helmholtz Center. You will find details of the application procedure, the application forms and the deadline on the calls-for-application website.

Helmholtz Association

The Helmholtz Association is the largest German research organisation. It offers several opportunities for young researchers.

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