Excellence Initiative


The aim of the Teach@Tübingen program is to give young international academics the opportunity to become familiar with research and teaching at a German university, and thereby to expand the amount of courses given in foreign languages at the University of Tübingen. For the teaching individuals it also offers chances to broaden research horizons and build professional ties.

Target group

PhD candidates in an advanced stage of their doctoral studies and PostDocs who have earned their PhD in the last 4 years preferably from strategically important partners of the University of Tübingen.


  • Academic ties with the Professor with whom the candidate is placed are essential
  • Teaching
    • Classes must be held for a minimum of 2 teaching hours/week (2 SWS)
    • The classes offered must be made public and be open to all students.
    • The classes offered are not allowed to replace basic teaching and should be designed to attract a large number of students.
    • The classes offered must be held in English or another foreign language (philology).
  • The candidate must attend an informative event and an intercultural training during the two weeks before teaching starts


Funding consists of a monthly scholarship and a remuneration for teaching which will be paid towards the end of the semester; furthermore travel costs are reimbursed.

1. Scholarships:

  • PhD candidates EUR 1468/month
  • PostDocs EUR 1853/month

2. Remuneration for teaching (min. 2 SWS, max. 6 SWS)

  • PhD candidates EUR 25/teaching hour (SWS)
  • PostDocs EUR 50/teaching hour (SWS)

3. Travel expenses for travelling to Tübingen up to EUR 1000 (documented costs, no reimbursement of moving expenses or travel expenses of family members)


Length of stay: 1-2 semesters (min. 4 months)
Arrival time: 15th – 31st March or 15th – 30th September


Applications can be submitted from 1st May/1st October. The application is submitted online via the application portal: https://www.antraege-zv.uni-tuebingen.de

Please note: two PDF documents must be uploaded as follows

1. PDF:

  • Letter of support from the hosting professor at the University of Tuebingen (max. 2 pages)
  • Cover letter from the candidate stating his/her motivation for participating in the Teach@Tübingen program (max. 2 pages)
  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • List of most important publications (max. 10, max. 1 page)
  • Proven teaching experience (max. 1 page)
  • Course(s) which will be taught in Tübingen including the title of the planned course(s), the type of class (lecture, seminar...), the number of teaching hours taught per week (SWS), and a short abstract on the contents of the planned course(s) (max. 1 page per course)
  • Contents of proposed research (max. 1 page)
  • Max. 2 further reference letters

2. PDF: Certificate of the candidate's most recent university degree (Masters or PhD)

Application Deadline

20th June

Visit: from April the following year

20th November Visit: from October the following year