Heisenberg Programme - Fellowship/Professorship

Funded by

German Research Foundation (DFG):
The DFG supports research in higher education and public research institutions.

In brief

Excellent researchers can prepare for a leading position in science and research and spend time working on an advanced research topic.

Who can apply?

Senior scientists who

  • qualify for a professorship by holding a postdoctoral habilitation degree or equivalent qualification
  • have proven themselves by carrying out particularly outstanding research
  • are expected to have the potential to gain further qualifications as university teachers

Further requirements

  • The research project must be of high academic quality and originality and meet international standards.
  • Applicants for a Heisenberg professorship must find a German university that intends to establish a new professorship and agrees to continue funding of the position after DFG funding expires. Proposals require a statement from the prospective host institution.

Type and extent of funding

Fellowship of 4,450 euros per month, or work contract for professorship with a salary based on the pay scale for professors (depending on the German state, university and the fellow’s status).


Maximum of 5 years.


Applications can be submitted to the DFG at any time. There is a special online application portal for this purpose. You will find information about the application procedure on the programme website.

DFG Heisenberg Programme: www.dfg.de > Heisenberg Programme

Information about the application procedure and how to access the application portal: www.dfg.de > Proposal - Review - Decision

German Research Foundation (DFG)

German Research Foundation (DFG)

The DFG is the self-governing organisation for science and research in Germany. With 594 elected review board members representing as many disciplines in 48 standing review boards it serves all branches of science and the humanities. www.dfg.de German Research Foundation (DFG)