International Guest Professorships
The “Strengthening International Exchange” component of Heidelberg University's institutional strategy provides funding for international guest professorships and fellowships.
This programme is aimed at drawing the expertise of eminent international scientists and scholars to Heidelberg University to complement its research potential as well as to broaden and internationalise its offering of research-based teaching. The Welcome Centre is the central service facility for international guests and assists them in settling into life at the university and in the city of Heidelberg.
The Guest Professorships programme funds the following
- One-time stays of foreign guest professors at Heidelberg University for a period of two to ten months
- Recurring stays of foreign guest professors over several years for a period of two to six months each year (joint appointments).
Guest professors are expected to make a contribution to research-based teaching.
During the first funding period of the Excellence Initiative, five professors taught and conducted research for recurring periods at Heidelberg University in the framework of the predecessor "Joint Appointments" programme:
Prof. Dr. Carl Bender
Washington University, St. Louis/USA; appointed to the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Graduate School of Fundamental Physics in Heidelberg
Prof. Dr. Ralph Mathisen
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign/USA; appointed to the Centre for Studies of the Ancient World (ZAW) of the Faculty of Philosophy in Heidelberg
Ass. Prof. PhD Harish Naraindas
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi/India; appointed to the South Asia Institute (SAI) of the Faculty of Philosophy in Heidelberg
Prof. Dr. David Schmeidler
Tel Aviv University, Israel; appointed to the Alfred Weber Institute for Economics (AWI) of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences in Heidelberg until 2010
Prof. Dr. Jeremy Smith
University of Tennessee, USA; appointed to the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR) in Heidelberg