Professors play a key role in the development of university teaching and research. They work in a team to set up a line of research and provide continuity in its development and expansion. Utrecht University invests in attracting and retaining highly talented researchers through its chairs and various forms of professorship.

PROFESSOR POLICY

The document Professor Policy in Brief contains information about the various types of chairs and the principles of Utrecht University's professor policy.

TYPES OF PROFESSORS

Professors per faculty

Lists of professors per faculty.

Distinguished University Professors

External organisations (legal entities) can ask the Executive Board for permission to establish a chair at the University in order to promote education or research in a particular field.

Professors by Special Appointment

External organisations (legal entities) can ask the Executive Board for permission to establish a chair at the University in order to promote education or research in a particular field. 

Fixed-Term Professors and Visiting Professors

Faculties can invite professors from other countries to come to Utrecht University for a fixed period as ‘visiting professor’. The university also has two fixed-term professorships: the Belle van Zuylen chair and the F.C. Donders chair. Each of these chairs is appointed on an annual rotating basis.