Visiting researchers/guest professorships at Kiel University

Every year Kiel University hosts more than 400 visiting academics from abroad. During their stay, these guests work together with their colleagues in Kiel on joint research projects. They often continue working on their own research while they are in Kiel. The younger researchers in particular often use their stay in Kiel to further their own education or seek advice from their advisors here.

Many foreign academics also give guest lectures or offer entire courses as guest instructors during their stay. Conseqwuently, they make an important contribution to teaching at the University by adding an enriching international component. Of the many individual guest lectures and seminars, a few deserve particular mention. These include the Scandinavian guest professorship and the Canadian guest professorship.

Scandinavian guest professorship

The Scandinavian Guest Professorship (previously known as the Danish guest professorship) was established in1964. Its goal is to complement and enrich Kiel University’s range of courses through a guest lecturer from Scandinavia. In the 2003/04 Winter Semester, the former Danish Guest Professorship was geographically expanded to include the whole Øresund region. In Summer Semester 2010 the programme incorporated all of Scandinavia. The visiting lecturers so far have contributed to academic life at our University in various ways and have been instrumental in advancing the academic exchange between Germany and Scandinavia.

Guest professors stay for the entire lecture period, i.e. from October until  February during the winter semester and from April until July for the summer semester. They receive the corresponding salary as members of the faculty. Guest professors are expected to teach approximately the same amount as regular faculty members: 8 credit hours or 3-4 courses. A portion of these can also be offered as a block event or colloquium. It is always desirable that the guest faculty hold one or two talks for a larger audience.

Only guest professors who have been nominated/invited by Kiel University are eligible to apply for the Guest Professorship. Thus, a direct application is not possible. Invitations are open not only to full professors but also to associate or assistant professors with a German habilitation or equivalent qualification as well as scientists from research institutions.

A list of the guest professors invited over the last 20 years can be found here.

Additional information can be obtained from the director of the International Center of Kiel University, Dr. Martina Schmode (Phone. 880-3719, Email:

Canadian guest professorship

The Canadian guest professorship at Kiel University was established almost 30 years ago. Each year during the summer semester (from April until July), a guest professor from Canada is invited to come to Kiel to teach courses on topics in Canadian history, politics, literature, language and culture or economy and society. Furthermore, the visiting professor is asked to offer some individual lectures in Kiel or at other locations in addition to his/her courses.

The guest professorship is jointly financed by Kiel University and the Canadian government. The salary for the visiting professors is paid in a lump sum. The Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Science may all propose candidates for the guest professorship each year. Thus, a direct application for the guest professorship is not possible.

A list of Canadian guest professors from previous years can be found here.

Additional information can be obtained from the director of the International Center of Kiel University, Dr. Martina Schmode (Phone. 880-3719, Email:

Individual grants

Information on individual grants is available on the websites of the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation AvH, the German Research Foundation DFG , the European Research Council ERC, and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions MSCA .


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