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Welcome to the website for junior professors at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities!

The junior professorship enables young researchers with a doctoral degree a seamless transition into research and teaching at academic institutions of higher education (if appointed with a junior professorship). After a successful evaluation, it offers the option or the opportunity to qualify for a lifetime professorship. Find more information on the tenure track professorship.

You will find all websites for junior professors via the blue navigation bar on the top of the page.

Information for junior professors (Juniorprofessor*innen)

General framework and characteristics of a junior professorship (Juniorprofessur)

The prerequisites for the appointment to a junior professorship (Juniorprofessur) generally include a very good or outstanding doctoral degree and possibly other academic achievements as well as qualifications in pedagogy and didactics. Further subject-specific qualifications may be required.


Junior professors (Juniorprofessor*innen) are appointed for a fixed term on the basis of an appointment procedure following specific quality assurances. The appointment is initially for three years. In the third year, an interim evaluation takes place, which determines whether the person has demonstrated their ability as a university teacher and whether the junior professorship (Juniorprofessur) will be extended for three more years. This evaluation focuses on research and teaching performance, but also takes into account academic self-administration tasks.


According to cooperation law, junior professors (Juniorprofessor*innen) belong to the group of university teachers, but due to their qualifications and their temporary status, they are also classified as postdocs/young academics. Due to their assignment to the group of university teachers, they generally have the same rights and obligations as permanent professors. Junior professors (Juniorprofessor*innen) independently conduct research and teaching, they are involved in academic self-administration and have the right to supervise doctoral candidates. In the case of W1 professorships, however, the teaching obligations are lower (4 weekly hours per semester in the first phase, 5 weekly hours per semester after a successful interim evaluation).

Qualification opportunities for junior professors (Juniorprofessor*innen)

A selection of qualification opportunities specifically for junior professors (Juniorprofessor*innen) and other people in leadership positions:

Find all services and support for junior professors on the Staff Development homepage.

Awards and Funding

Please find information on awards on science and teaching as well as funding programs for research and travel.


For female junior professors, there is an opportunity to receive support through academic staff positions as part of the Equal Opportunities Concept. 

Current GKW events
  • 14.06.2023, 6-7:30 p.m.: Online meeting on pursuing a doctorate alongside a career. You can find more information in the event poster (only available in German).
  • 11.07.2023, 1-2pm: Digital general meeting of the Graduate Center KW by zoom, further registration is not needed.

Please register at: gradz(at)kw.uni-paderborn(dot)de

Graduate Week 2023

The third hybrid Graduate Week on the topic of Transdisciplinary Spaces in Cultural Studies will take place from 30.05.2023 - 01.06.2023. For more information about the Graduate Week, the registration, and the schedeule, have a look at the Graduate Week 2023 website.

lecture series KWir

This summer semester 2023, you are invited to attend the lecture series "KW im Dialog - Eine Anstiftung zum transdisziplinären Dialog" on transdisciplinary dialogue in the Cultural Studies. Find more information (only available in German) on the lecture series and its contents. Please note that the lecture series is held in German.

Regular Events

Find information about regular events of the Graduate Center of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

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