Lichtenberg professorships

Lichtenberg Professor  Matthias Schott at the Institute for PhysicsSubject: all subject areas
Type of funding: Professorship
2 million euros
outstanding scientists who work in innovative and interdisciplinary fields
Prerequisites: Acquisition of a further 3 million euros by the University for Foundation Capital; Change of academic environment in the last five years; University in Germany
Additional benefits: additional funding for refugees who have fled; Promotion of science education and communication

Application at any time

The Lichtenberg Endowed Professorships are an extension of the funding instrument of the Lichtenberg Professorships, which has since been completed. (Photo: Thomas Victor for Volkswagen Foundation)

Goal of the initiative

With the “Lichtenberg Endowed Professorships”, the Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft and the Volkswagen Foundation would like to establish a new endowment funding instrument for universities in Germany. This will help universities to attract outstanding scientists from innovative, seminal and risky fields of research.

The initiative provides greater planning security for both the universities and the holders of the professorship. In addition, universities can now operate their innovation and structural policies more independently and reliably than before, and are encouraged to step up their efforts to acquire external funds. At the same time, the initiative sends a signal for more civic engagement in the field of science.

The promotion offer

Each professorship will be endowed with capital totaling at least five million euros. On the part of the Volkswagen Foundation and possibly a foundation affiliated to the Stifterverband, a starting capital of one million euros per professorship will be made available. Another three million euros must be guaranteed by the university through fundraising. Highly qualified scientists of all disciplines and nationalities, who are (in) international leaders in their respective fields of research together with the target university in Germany, can apply. 

Further information on tender conditions and application can be found under Information on application 112 (pdf) . Applications are submitted in electronic form via the application portal. 

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