Funding to Recruit Top-Level International Women Scientists

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Funded by

Helmholtz Association

In brief

The funding programme aims to support the recruitment of outstanding female scientists who currently work at a research institution outside Germany. Helmholtz Centres and their partner universities are seeking to make appointments at the full professorship (W3) level.

Who can apply

Female scientists who

  • are at the full professorship (W3 level) with very high standards in terms of their experience and performance
  • are currently conducting research at foreign institutions. This may also include women researchers of German nationality who have worked abroad for at least the last three years

Type and extent of funding

The funding volume amounts to 600,000 euros per scientist per year and increases the basic funding of the recruiting Helmholtz Centre. The funding can be used to finance the position and relevant equipment.


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.