Einstein Professorship

The Einstein Foundation supports the Berlin universities and Charité – Universitätsmedizin in their efforts to recruit and retain pioneering scientists in Berlin. The funds provided by the Einstein Professorship programme can be used to boost the respective institution’s budget. 

Information & forms


The Berlin universities and Charité – Universitätsmedizin when negotiating new appointments or seeking to extend existing appointments.

Funding period

Up to two years. The respective scientist will hold the title of “Einstein Professor” for the duration of the funding.


Depending on the requested funding volumen and rationale outlined in the submission; investments are limited to a maximum of €500,000 for equipment such as large-scale instruments; funding cannot be used to cover construction costs. 


Programme information

Application form

Budget plan

Budget plan attachment

Reporting form

Code for funding recipients

Guidelines on Equal Opportunity, Diversity, and Career Support

FAQs about the "Einstein Professorship"

Applications can only be submitted if the university has already offered a professorship to a candidate and both parties are negotiating. In case of retention offers, the candidate must already have received a competing offer from another university (outside of Berlin).

The funds granted within the framework of an Einstein Professorship are provided in addition to the funds for the regular professorship within a funding period of a maximum of two years. They should boost the university’s offer once the department’s financial options are exhausted, and must not substitute regular expenses.