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Visiting Professorship Programme of the Bavarian Ministry of Sciences and Arts (StMWK)

This mobility funding provided by the Free State of Bavaria for international visiting professors is part of the internationalising programme for Bavarian universities.

Format of the visiting professorship

As of April, 2020 visiting professorships can be carried out in a digital format. This is possible for teaching activities or for a combination of teaching and research.
However, it must be taken into consideration that a research activity without teaching activities cannot be funded. Research has to be proportionately combined with teaching.
It is also possible to have a virtual guest professorship! This can be either the combination of research and teaching or just teaching. Unfortunately, it is not possible to have a digital visiting professorship just for research purposes. Research is only possible in connection with extensive teaching activity.

Intention of the programme

  • Enable international scientists to carry out visiting professorships at Bavarian universities 
  • Provide funding for temporary research projects
  • Promote internationalisation of teaching

Eligibility for filing an application

An application can be submitted by all FHWS professors. With the approval of the respective faculty deans, professors of FHWS are able to apply on behalf of the visiting scholar. The application has to be signed by the dean. A direct application by the visiting scientists themselves is not possible. 

Persons who are eligible

The Visiting Professorship Programme of the Free State of Bavaria is exclusively addressed to international professors who are interested in a visiting professorship at a Bavarian university.
Lecturers, graduating doctors and post-docs can be supported by mobility funding provided by the EU within the scope of the Erasmus+ staff mobility for teaching assignments programme (KA 107-STA).

Duration of stay

Stays can vary from a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of six months.

Eligible activities for funding

  • Complementary courses (lectures, presentations, block courses, seminars)
  • Initiation, development or consolidation of teaching and research collaborations
  • Preparation for grant requests

Please note: A substitution of lectures and courses that are already offered cannot be funded!


The monthly remuneration of visiting professors is regulated by a FHWS professor’s employment contract. Travel expenses and accommodation will not be covered by the FHWS and, therefore, have to be paid by the visiting professor. 

Application procedure

The application deadlines are:

  • 30 November for summer semester 
  • 30 June for winter semester 

In case any questions concerning the application deadlines may arise due to the pandemic or for any further requests, please feel free to contact us.

The application form has to be filled out by the FHWS host professor and emailed to the International Office, barbara.mueller-scheuring[at]

Application documents

The following documents have to be submitted when applying for a visiting professorship within the framework of the Visiting Professorship Programme of the Bavarian Ministry of Sciences and Arts:

1) Application form (to be signed by the dean of the FHWS faculty)
2) Copy of valid ID card
3) Document confirming the current employment at the university or academy
4) Curriculum vitae
5) Proof of professorship, certificates and reports
6) List of publications

“Final Report” requirement

By the end of their stay (virtual or presence) at FHWS, the visiting professors have to write a short final report on the activities implemented in teaching and research and have to hand it in to their host professor at FHWS. The following information should be included at the top of the final report: address of the home university, name of the visiting professor, duration of the visiting professorship. The final report can be written in German or in English and has to be signed by the visiting professor at the bottom. At this purpose please fill in the form „Final Report“.