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Lower Saxony
Profile Professorship


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area of research: all
type of funding: "profile-building professorships" at universities, usually W3; W2 professorships at universities of applied sciences
eligible: Universities in Lower Saxony
requirement: the university makes its own contribution of around 50 percent of the total funding amount

what we promote

The "Lower Saxony Profile Professorship" program aims to support universities in Lower Saxony in building and strengthening their profile. In the frame of the funding, universities receive support in appointment and retention negotiations with outstanding personalities capable of further developing and sharpening the profile and reputation of a university.

The following criteria are decisive for funding:

  • Qualifications and research profile of the person, demonstrated in particular by
    - publications
    - third-party funding
    - academic career to date
    - awards and prizes
  • Embedding the professorship in the university's strategic framework, in particular contribution to profile building and networking as well as to translation and transfer,
  • Integration of the professorship in cross-institute and cross-university, possibly also non-university structures or research contexts,
  • Possible contributions to collaborative research projects in a national or international context.

one program - three funding lines

The "Lower Saxony Profile Professorship" is one of three funding lines of the program "Lower Saxony Professorships", which are intended to attract and retain outstanding academics to Lower Saxony within the framework of individual funding:

  • "Lower Saxony Professorship" (funding line 1): top international talent
  • "Lower Saxony Impulse Professorship" (funding line 2): high-performing academics in the early career phase
  • "Lower Saxony Profile Professorship" (funding line 3, advice and application via the MWK): personalities who raise the profile of Lower Saxony’s university locations

How to apply

terms and conditions
Please read the "Information for Applicants" carefully and familiarize yourself with the application conditions.
prepare your application
You can find further documents for preparing your application below.
submit application
Applications can be submitted to the MWK (Department 12) on an ongoing basis by the management of a university in Lower Saxony.
The applications are reviewed at short notice by representatives of the Academic Advisory Commission of Lower Saxony, the MWK and the Volkswagen Foundation.