Call for proposalsInternational Guest Professors


The project “Expanding Internationality“ is part of the Excellence Strategy of Heidelberg University for the period of 1st November 2019 until 31st October 2026. The project includes a funding line for international guest professors to stay at Heidelberg University. The objective of this funding line is to bring expert knowledge of renowned international academics to Heidelberg University, to increase and complement the research potential in certain fields, and to extend and internationalize the range of research-based teaching.

For the year 2023 there are some residual funds available.

Applications can be submitted for one-time stays of foreign guest professors at Heidelberg University, which shall take place for a period of one to three months in 2023.

Guest professors should make a contribution to research-based teaching during their stay at Heidelberg University (different formats are possible: regular courses, guest lectures, colloquia, workshops with graduate students).

Funding can be used for

  • salary for the guest professor (by employment contract, research fellowship, freelance contract; the type of compensation will be determined on an individual basis),
  • travel costs
  • tangible means (e.g. for student assistants, workshops etc.).

Please take notice of the Guidelines for Calculation of Costs.

Proposals may be submitted by departments (via the respective faculty) and faculties of Heidelberg University. The host institutions commit themselves to providing an adequately equipped workplace for the guest professor.

Proposals should be limited to five pages (11 pt. font size, 1.5 line spacing) and should be structured as follows:

  • general information about the institution submitting the proposal, the candidate for the guest professorship, the candidate’s home institution and the time and duration of the guest professorship
  • work programme at Heidelberg University (tasks in research and teaching and added value for the department / faculty and for Heidelberg University)
  • candidate’s qualifications (core areas in research and teaching and appraisal of academic performance)
  • cost plan.

Please attach the following documents:

  • curriculum vitae of the candidate
  • list of publications
  • list of prizes and other references
  • list of taught courses.

Proposals for the funding period should be submitted via email (if possible as one single pdf file) to the International Relations Office (dezernat7@zuv.uni-heidelberg.de). Application deadline: 15th May, 2022.

The proposals will be evaluated and selected by a commission chaired by the Vice-Rector for International Affairs.

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