Certificate program: On Track to University Professorship

“On Track to University Professorship” is a certificate program specifically tailored to support you through at the challenges of qualifying for a professorship. The program focuses on research funding, leadership skills and didactics and is supplemented by a portfolio of networking, consultation and continuing education courses.

With this program, the University of Stuttgart will support you as a Junior or Tenure Track Professor, structured to suit you on your individual path to gaining a university professorship. The joint offer from Office of Academic AppointmentsDivision Research and Transfer, Graduate Academy of the University of Stuttgart (GRADUS)University Didactics, Personnel development and FoKUS (Competence Center for Research Data Management) prepares you professionally and personally for the envisaged W3 Professorship and also offers a wealth of insight into the specifics of the University of Stuttgart and its environment.

The basic modules focus on the areas of leadership, research and transfer, as well as teaching. Each basic module is weighted the same and requires from three to four working days to complete. The obligatory content required for the certificate comprises around 75 to 100 hours of intensive further education. Furthermore, the program also comprises two further, optional modules that focus on interdisciplinary and intergenerational networking, as well as further career planning and personal development.

Unfortunately, most of the content for the certificate program is currently only available in German. More detailed information about the modules and requirements can be found on the German webpage. If you have any further questions, please contact us at via e-mail



Program Coordination

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Cornelia Frank

Consultant for doctoral researchers & postdocs

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Prof. Dr.

Manfred Bischoff

Vice Rector for Research and Early Career Researchers

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