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Chipping Away at Feudal Vestiges in Academe

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Science  05 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5501, pp. 23-24
DOI: 10.1126/science.10.1126/SCIENCE.291.5501.23B

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BERLIN-- To be eligible for tenure, young German scholars are required to work for 6 years or more as a kind of academic apprentice, dependent on a senior professor for support. Now, this centuries-old academic peculiarity, called Habilitation, may finally be on the way out. Last week, the DFG, Germany's central research foundation, announced a new program of "junior professorships" that will provide independent support for young researchers.