- Qualified doctoral degree at a German university or an equally recognized academic qualification from a foreign university*
- Further academic work after the doctoral degree as documented by scientific publications
- Submission of a Habilitation paper
- The applicant is not already currently pursuing a Habilitation in a similar or the same subject field.
- The applicant has not already unsuccessfully attempted to acquire the Habilitation twice at a university.
- Recommendation: Employment in a position suitable for further academic qualification outside of RWTH Aachen University for at least one year
*the dean decides whether a degree is equal to the German doctorate.