Carl Zeiss Foundation Fund for the Appointment of International Researchers

Talents for Germany - The program supports German universities to recruit researchers from abroad by making more competitive offers.

The program supports professorships for excellent researchers in the STEM subjects and Business Administration who have been working abroad for at least two years at the time of the application submission (German and non-German citizens). Host public universities in Baden-Wurttemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, and Thuringia are eligible to apply.

It is the goal to enable both established and Tenure Track professors to receive an attractive starting package, while also supporting the professional future of their partner/spouse in Germany through a Dual Career component.


Funding up to €200,000 is available for each professorship (including Dual Career funding of up to €80,000). The funding can be used for multiple kinds of expenses, however, individual allowances can not be covered.

New: Dual Career

The Dual Career funding may be used for a “bridge position” at the university, for language courses, coachings etc. We expect a detailed concept of integrating the partner with the help of existing university structures. 
Applications are only possible via the German Scholars Organization.
The digital application form and more information is offered by the German Scholars Organization page.