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On average, how long does it take from applying for a professorship to being invited to a lecture, provided that one is actually invited?

I am referring to an application for W2/W3 professorships in Germany (both Fachhochschulen and regular universities).

And what is the time before the lecture: "Hey, you're invited for next Monday"? or a little more time?

  • From sending your application to being invited? Long. The rule of thump that I heard in many places was that you can plan approx. 6 months from the point that the application closes until you get to sign your contract (if you get the position). Somewhere in between will be the lecture, but it is hard to say when exactly, especially because you might be first on the list or not. There are, however, a lot of governmental regulations in place regarding times, i.e. "you have to give the members of the committee at least X weeks before they can be asked to make a decision". – Dirk Oct 25 '19 at 10:33
  • I heard of cases (but might also just be stories), where the dean called a really good candidate and told them "we can't tell you anything for the next two months because we have to follow protocol, but you might expect to hear from us as soon as possible", because they didn't want to lose these candidates by not contacting them for so long. – Dirk Oct 25 '19 at 10:35
  • @Dirk 6 months from application deadline to a contract being signed is a large underestimate of the typical time ranges. If you're lucky you will have had the interview by then and heard some "non-official" feedback. – silvado Oct 29 '19 at 7:02
  • Ok, in my case I was invited about two months after the application deadline with about one month preparation time for the lecture. – Doc Brown Nov 21 '19 at 17:17

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