The Heisenberg Program of the German Research Foundation (DFG) was named after the German physicist Werner Heisenberg , who received the Nobel Prize in Physics at the age of 31 . The very prestigious program is aimed at outstanding scientists who meet all the requirements for an appointment to a permanent professorship and serves to promote these young scientists.
It has included the Heisenberg grant since 1977, the Heisenberg professorship since 2005 and the Heisenberg position since 2018 . The funding program is intended to enable scientists to increase their chances of being appointed, to prepare for a scientific management position and to work on advanced research topics during this time. The maximum funding period is five years. Usually, the habilitation is a prerequisite for applying for admission to the program.
In July 2017, the main committee of the German Research Foundation (DFG) decided that the Heisenberg program from January 1, 2018 will enable funding through a Heisenberg grant, a Heisenberg position, a Heisenberg rotation position or a Heisenberg professorship. After approval for admission to the program, you can choose between four scientifically equivalent variants, and a (multiple) change within the duration is also possible:
- A Heisenberg scholarship can be claimed in Germany or abroad.
- A Heisenberg position is intended for Germany, but it also enables short or medium-term stays abroad. It is a temporary research position at a university financed by the DFG.
- A Heisenberg professorship requires that the respective university undertakes to continue to finance the position after the DFG funding has expired, i.e. at least to transfer it to a permanent W2 professorship.
- A Heisenberg rotation position is intended for clinical scientists who can take some time off for research.
The Heisenberg scholarship is currently (including supplements) around 4800 euros per month, whereby the scholarship holder does not have to pay any social security contributions. If necessary, private health insurance can be chosen; In this case, the DFG does not grant any subsidies based on the regulations that apply to federal civil servants, but pays a subsidy towards the costs of health insurance based on Section 257 SGB V, as is usually paid by an employer in the context of an employment relationship. The scholars can apply for additional funding for staff, equipment, travel and publications.
You must be appointed to a Heisenberg professorship by the respective university . It can be paid according to W2 as well as W3 and is (usually after an interim evaluation ) converted into a permanent professorship after five years at the latest, which is then financed by the university.
In principle, this program is personal funding, but the German universities use the high reputation of the program to identify their own quality and to proactively shape their own structural development and profile.
- Compact presentation of the program at the DFG
- Reports on Heisenberg meetings in the DFG magazine
- List of projects funded in the Heisenberg program
- Statistical information on the development of the Heisenberg program, March 2017
- ^ Academics.de (Die Zeit): Reports and news The Heisenberg Professorship . See DFG: Heisenberg professorship secures sustainable career paths. DFG funds positions for excellent, professional scientists ( memento from June 2, 2008 in the Internet Archive ).
- ^ Information from the DFG, accessed on October 4, 2017