Tenure-Track Program (WISNA) at the University of Bonn

The Bund-Länder-Programm zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses (WISNA) funds 1000 tenure-track professorships at 75 universities in Germany. With 28 funded professorships, the University of Bonn is the most successful university in the second round of funding in 2019. The WISNA professorships are advertised as W1 junior professorships with tenure-track to a W2 professorship or – in individual cases – to a W3 professorship.

What are the goals of the program?

  • better planning and more transparent organization of the career paths of young scientists at universities
  • enabling young scientists to decide earlier than before whether they want to remain in the science system for the long term
  • contribution to increasing the attractiveness of the German science system in international competition
  • contribution to supporting universities in attracting the best young scientists from Germany and abroad and, if possible, retaining them permanently
  • to anchor the tenure-track professorship more firmly and establish it permanently as an independent career path to a professorship
  • promotion of the cultural change associated with the establishment of the tenure-track professorship
  • further development of the personnel structure of the academic staff so that it optimally complements the new career path
  • improvement of equal opportunities and compatibility of work and family life

The WISNA program supports a comprehensive cultural change aimed at permanently establishing the junior professorship with tenure track as an additional career path for young scientists in an early career phase. The University of Bonn is committed to this change and pursues the goal of attracting outstanding young scientists. It promotes careers within and outside of academia by providing comprehensive advisory and qualification services.

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Who is the target group?

The program is explicitly aimed at young scientists in an early career phase. After six years, successful candidates with a positive final evaluation are offered a tenure-track professorship.

Do you have questions about the application or the appointment process?

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Evaluation and qualification

Holders of a junior professorship with tenure-track should prove themselves as university teachers in a professorship initially limited to three years. If the interim evaluation is positive, the employment contract is extended by a further three years. This second phase concludes with a final evaluation, after the successful completion of which the transition to a permanent professorship takes place.

The evaluation criteria are published as part of the announcement of the professorship.

During the fixed-term probationary phase, the junior scientists* are accompanied and supported, for example through status talks and mentoring.

In order to optimally support young scientists in their personal development and on their career paths in and outside of academia, the University of Bonn offers a diverse counseling and qualification program:

Further information

Further information on the tenure-track program and documents such as the administrative agreement (Verwaltungsvereinbarung) and the funding guidelines (Förderrichtlinie) can be found in the subject portal on the pages of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

You would like to apply for a tenure-track professorship at the University of Bonn? You can find open advertisements at the job postings of the University of Bonn.

Further internal information (in German)


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Jasmin Leuchtenberg

Appointment Management

Poppelsdorfer Allee 49

53115 Bonn

+49 228 73-68786

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Julia Küchel

Human Resource Development


Poppelsdorfer Allee 47

53115 Bonn

+49 228 73-68772

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