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Einstein Strategic Professorship


Einstein Strategic Professorships are recruitments of top researchers from abroad, who are of outstanding  strategic importance for Berlin’s  research  landscape: the Berlin universities can employEinstein Strategic Professorships to foster research strategies, develop their research profiles,  explore  and  advance  new  research  area sas  well  as strengthen their research foci and become more attractive to top talents. Einstein Strategic Professorships are an important addition to the basic funding of the universities and provide a decisive contribution to sustainably enhance Berlin’s competitiveness among internationally leading research locations. The generous donation by the Damp Stiftung allows the Einstein Foundation to grant 15 Mio. € for Einstein Strategic Professorships within five years. The state of Berlin will continue financing the Einstein  Strategic  Professorships permanently after  the  five-year initial phase which is substantially co-financed by the Damp Stiftung.


The following institutions are eligible to apply: Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Universität der Künste Berlin and Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin.


The Einstein Foundation grants funds for positions and additional equipment. The institutions eligible to apply for Einstein Strategic Professorships name specific interna-tional candidates in their applications. After a positive funding decision up until the appointment  (for example, by way of waiving a formal announcement  and issuing a direct call)  the responsibility for the appointment procedure lies with the receiving applicant  institution which creates the prerequisites for the call and leads the appointment negotiations. The appointment of the professorship should take place within nine months after the positive funding decision (letter of approval). [1]

In the case of non-appointment of a granted Einstein Strategic Professorship, the Executive Board can fund the next application on the ranking list agreed upon by the Research Board and the Executive Board.The number of funded professorships depends on the total volume requested and the number of permanent professorships provided by the state of Berlin and granted tothe universities.


The initial funding phase lasts five years. The Einstein Strategic Professorships are secured in the long run by the commitment of the state of Berlin to subsequently continue the funding and can thus be announced and appointed for life. For the time of their work in Berlin the funded candidates will hold the title „Einstein Professor


The eligible universities can apply for Einstein Strategic Professorships on the dates announced on the website of the Einstein Foundation. Aside from outlining the reasons for the proposed candidate the applications  shall  make  clear  in  what  way  the  proposed Einstein Strategic Professorship will enhance and emphasize  research-related or artistic innovation within the university or the local research landscape. Furthermore the application must out-line the importance of the Einstein Strategic Professorship for the mid-term strategic devel-opment of the institutionand for future appointments or research foci. Please note that the application must be written in English.


The approved funds may only be drawn through the university or Charité in accordance with the regulations on third-party funding.

[1] If necessary, a temporary leave of absence during the transistion phase can be granted.