Funding of First-Time Appointments of Excellent Women Scientists

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In brief

The aim of the programme is to support promising female researchers to become full professors. It supports the first-time permanent appointment of excellent women scientists to a full professorship (W2 or W3 level) at a university in Germany.

Who can apply

Female scientists who

  • will be appointed for the first time to a full professorship (W2 or W3 level) from a junior professorship, young investigators group leadership position or another post-doctoral position, as long as the desired professorship is permanent
  • are currently in a fixed-term professorship at an external institution and are to be recruited to a permanent position at Helmholtz, such as from a fixed-term W2 professorship position at an external institution to a W3 professorship position at Helmholtz
  • currently hold professorial positions at foreign institutions and are to be recruited to a Helmholtz Centre that is focusing on women scientists in the early phases of their careers

Type and extent of funding

Funding for both (W2 and W3) professorships amounts up to 1 million euros for a period of five years (200,000 euros per year). The funding can be used to finance the position and relevant equipment.


5 years. Only permanent appointments are funded.


Candidates must contact the Helmholtz Centres directly and get in touch with the relevant board of directors. The applications for funding are submitted to the Helmholtz head office via the Helmholtz Centres’ boards of directors. Applications sent by candidates directly to the Helmholtz head office will not be accepted. The deadline for applications will be published with the upcoming call for applications in January 2020.