Young Professors Programme (YPP)

The support programme for junior professors and junior research group leaders

The Young Professors Programme (YPP) of the University of Münster is an innovative programme that supports junior professors and junior research group leaders to surmount the often daunting challenges specific to their profession. These academics have achieved success early in their career and now find themselves in positions of responsibility with management obligations. Junior researchers require a broad range of knowledge and skills to achieve outstanding research results while continuing to perform teaching, supervisory and administrative duties. The Young Professors Programme (YPP) helps them meet the diverse challenges in this stage of their career.

In addition to various training formats, YPP provides junior researchers with a networking platform that enables them to make contacts within and outside the University of Münster. Our goal is to accompany them on their career path in an individual, flexible and needs-oriented manner. Feel free to inquire anytime about our current programme!

You can find our flyer here.

  • About the Young Professors Programme (YPP)

    The Young Professors Programme (YPP) helps junior professors (with and without tenure track) and junior research group leaders to develop  career-building and personal skills in their everyday professional life. We offer:

    • A training programme of short-term micro-sessions and in-depth trainings and workshops in German and English.
    • A mentoring programme with one-on-one mentoring sessions, as well as collegial consulting.
    • A networking platform for establishing contacts with other assistant professors and junior research group leaders as well as experts.
    • Support for faculty members responsible for supervising and advising junior researchers.

    The various programmes can be selected and flexibly combined according to one’s personal needs. We can also arrange an introductory session to discuss your qualification goals and select programme components to achieve these.

    The Young Professors Programme draws on and bundles the expertise of various University facilities and departments. In addition to our regular services, junior professors and junior research group leaders can participate in the training programmes offered by the HR department. Assistant professors can also participate in “Onboarding of Professors“ and "Erstklassig!", the mentoring programme for female academics.

    Other important service offices:

    Dual Career Center

    Family Service Office

    Advice office for employees and supervisors for coping with conflicts, addiction- and health-related issues

    SAFIR Research Funding Support

    International Office Welcome Center

    Centre for Teaching in Higher Education

  • Mentoring

    You can find more information about YPP-Mentoring here.

  • Trainings

    Our programme consists of different formats – micro-sessions and in-depth trainings – which address such topics as management in academia, interdisciplinary skills, career development, scientific working methods and networking. We offer special trainings for junior professors with tenure track which highlight the various phases of the tenure process. The trainings are given by experts and external trainers. For more details, click on the programme profiles below.

    The events are free of charge and can be attended in any order. Registration is required. After completing the course, you will be sent written confirmation of participation.
    The thematic focus of each seminar is strongly tailored to the needs of the target group. Please contact us for information on our current programme and feel free to share your wishes with us!

    You can find an overview of our events here.

  • Faculty support

    The colleagues in your faculty can offer individual advice and support in the form of “onboarding”. They provide insight into the processes and particulars of the respective faculties, thereby helping junior professors and junior research group leaders more quickly integrate and establish themselves at the University of Münster. Young academics receive subject-related feedback from colleagues of equal standing, particularly in consultation meetings, to help them proceed along their career path.

    More information for faculty members will be posted here shortly!

  • Team

    Marlous Wätjen
    Personnel development (Dept. 3.5)
    Room 103
    Robert-Koch-Str. 40
    48149 Münster
    T: +49 251 / 83 - 21611
    • YPP coordination
    • Contact building and management with the responsible facilities
    • Advice on events and trainings
    • Advice on mentoring issues
    • Personal development needs
    Dr. Magdalena Hundehege (derzeit vertreten durch Marlous Wätjen)
    Personnel development (Dept. 3.5)