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, including an optional Dual Career component. Together with the predecessor program, a total of 43 applications have been approved since 2013. Since July 15, 2023 we do no longer accept applications.


Dr. Birte Seffert

GSO e. V.
Friedrichstrasse 60
10117 Berlin, Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 30 206 799 67


Application for this program ended on July 15, 2023.

Additional funding programs for scientists and universities can be found on the website of the Carl Zeiss Foundation.

Information on the GSO’s funding programs for scientists is accessible here.


The program supports professorships (W3 and W1/W2 Tenure Track W3) 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 our 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.

»Excellent research is international. The Carl Zeiss Foundation aims at making newly appointed professors feel welcome at their host institutions and them finding the best possible conditions for their research. We are happy that the Carl Zeiss Foundation promotes this mission with us through this unique program.«
Dr. Anne Schreiter, Executive Director of GSO