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Information for female researchers


EURAXESS Germany is committed to the equality of researchers no matter what gender. On this page, you will find information about support programmes and networks for female scientists. 

  • Women in education and research (in German)

    Information on Women in the information society, women in higher education, women in research institutions, the section for "Equal opportunities in education and research"

    Federal Ministry of Education and Research 
  • The Helsinki Group - Women as a science policy focus

    Information on the work of the Helsinki Group concerning research policy sights, maintaining high visibility, long-term monitoring and expert advice

    European Commission 
  • Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Foundation

    This foundation promoting science and research sponsors excellent female doctoral students by granting subsidies towards child care and home-help

    Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Foundation 
  • UNESCO-L'ORÉAL International Fellowships for Women with Children

    The German UNESCO Commission and L'Oréal Germany, in partnership with the Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Foundation, annually grant three fellowships valued at 20,000 euro each to promote excellent women in German research. Sponsorship is open to women of all nationalities from the experimental natural sciences who are working at German universities and research institutes as post-doctoral Researchers

    UNESCO / L'Oréal Germany 
  • Federation and Federal State Programme for Female Professors (in German)

    Based on German universities' forward-looking concepts for gender equality, kick-off funding has been made available for the initial appointment of women to tenured W2 or W3 professorships. The appointment may be made in respect of a position becoming vacant or to be created in future (early appointment) or of a position which is already vacant (regular appointment). Over a maximum period of 5 years, up to 3 initial appointments per university may be funded. The programme has been extended twice already and is currently set to run until the end of 2022 (as of January 2022).

    Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) 
  • Women’s fellowship database

    As part of a nationwide project “Career paths for women in academia and business M-V” a database has been set up at the University of Greifswald specifically targeting women in academia. The database is designed to provide young female academics with comprehensive information on fellowships for women, awards, competitions, mentoring, networks and financial Support

  • Center of Excellence Women and Science (CEWS)

    Section "Specialized Information for the Social Sciences", Cologne GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences 
  • FiF Contact Point 'Women in EU Research'

    Events providing information for female researchers, sponsorship opportunities in the entire EU Framework Programme, reviewing projects in the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme and calls for proposals in the field of Women's and Gender Studies

    FiF Contact Point 'Women in EU Research' 
  • The European Platform of Women Scientists

    Podium for gender equality designed to help women scientists share experiences and network more efficiently at European level and to involve them more actively in research policy developments.

    European Commission 
  • AcademiaNet

    This internet portal for excellent female scientists, maintained by the Robert Bosch Foundation and the publisher Spektrum der Wissenschaft, offers an overview of outstanding female academics of all disciplines nominated by the partner organisations involved in the project.

  • FemConsult (in German)

    This database for female researchers facilitates the search for qualified female researchers and experts (professors, associate professors, post-doctoral researchers as well as researchers in leadership positions in science and research). It seeks to raise the proportion of women appointed to these positions.

  • Fast Track - Excellence and leadership training for female researchers

    Intensive compact seminars spanning several days for young female post-doctoral researchers to strengthen their skills in research and research management. Fellowships are available for career-enhancing measures such as child care, personal coaching, language courses, or attending scientific conferences.

    Robert Bosch Stiftung