Habilitation formally establishes the qualification for independent research and teaching in a given field, conferring a postdoctoral teaching qualification in that subject. In many disciplines it is still the primary route to a full professorship.

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The faculties have their own habilitation regulations, which govern the requirements, admission, the procedure and final examination.

As a rule, the following are required for your habilitation:

  • Habilitation thesis or proof of equivalent academic achievements (e.g. leadership of a junior research group, junior professorship)
  • Proof of courses taught
  • Habilitation lecture with colloquium and teaching demonstration

After successfully completing the habilitation process, you may add “habil.” to your doctorate (Doctor habilitatus).

People who are completing their habilitation are usually employed on fixed-term contracts at a higher education institution. We would therefore expressly support your efforts to fund a habilitation or equivalent qualification by applying to junior research group programmes. All of these externally funded programmes have an excellent reputation. This means that if your application is successful, you significantly increase your chances of a permanent professorship later on. If you are interested, please contact our Research Service, which will assist you with your application.

So-called re-entry scholarships are available for female academics who already hold a doctorate and, after working in a professional environment outside of academia, wish to resume their scholarly work at Leipzig University. The funding is designed to help them prepare for their habilitation.

This financial support lasts up to six months and includes a monthly scholarship of 1285 euros plus a family allowance of 100 euros per child.

Requirements include:

  • Doctorate (minimum overall mark: magna cum laude)
  • Interruption of academic activities for at least three years due to (eligible) professional work outside of higher education
  • Re-entry with a research project with the intention of completing the habilitation process
  • Maximum age 40 years at time of application

Please submit the following application documents to the Section for Academic Affairs in writing, also enclosing a CD containing the documents as a single PDF file:

  • Written application explaining your reasons for applying and describing the measures intended to secure the project (application for further external funding)
  • CV in tabular form
  • Presentation of your professional and academic career to date, including the status and results of past research work, list of publications, teaching activities
  • University degree and doctorate certificates (officially certified copies)
  • Project concept including time and work plan for the requested funding period (no more than ten pages)
  • Statements by two professors or junior professors on the existing research results and on the planned project
  • Statements by the University’s Equal Opportunity Commissioner
  • Confirmation from the Faculty that the intended project is a good match with the University’s research profile and is of particular academic interest in this regard
  • Confirmation from the Faculty that the basic equipment necessary for the conducting the preparatory measures will be made available for the requested funding period

Applications must be submitted by 31 March at the latest for funding in the current year and by 30 September at the latest for funding in the following calendar year.

If you are interested, Ms Verena Jochmann at the Referat Akademische Angelegenheiten can advise you.

Postdoctoral researchers who interrupted their academic career at a higher education institution in the Free State of Saxony at an advanced stage due to family commitments can apply for a scholarship to help them finish their habilitation project.
This financial support lasts up to twelve months and includes a monthly scholarship of 1285 euros plus a family allowance of 100 euros per child.

Requirements include:

  • Doctorate (minimum overall mark: magna cum laude)
  • Interruption of academic activities due to family commitments for at least nine months
  • Maximum age 42 years at time of application

Please submit the following application documents to the Section for Academic Affairs in writing, also enclosing a CD containing the documents as a single PDF file:

  • Written application explaining your reasons for applying
  • CV in tabular form; report on academic education to date (research work, list of publications, teaching activities)
  • University degree and doctorate certificates (officially certified copies)
  • Project concept including time and work plan for the requested funding period (no more than ten pages)
  • Statements by the academic supervisors
  • Statement by the University’s Equal Opportunity Commissioner
  • Confirmation from the Faculty that the intended project is a good match with the University’s research profile and is of particular academic interest in this regard

Applications must be submitted by 31 March at the latest for funding in the current year and by 30 September at the latest for funding in the following calendar year.

If you are interested, Ms Verena Jochmann at the Section for Academic Affairs can advise you.

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Verena Jochmann

Contact for All Re-Entry Scholarships

Goethestraße 6
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-32009
Fax: +49 341 97-32099

If you have any organisational questions regarding habilitations and the current habilitation procedure at Leipzig University’s Faculty of Medicine, please contact Ms Ingrid Schröder.

 

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Ingrid Schröder

Contact for Habilitations at the Faculty of Medicine

Liebigstraße 27
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-15935
Fax: +49 341 97-15934

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