Programmes for female doctoral candidates

The Faculty of Engineering would like to motivate outstanding female doctoral candidates for an academic career. The target agreements 2018-2022 provide travel scholarships for the promotion of an active conference participation or a short research stay as well as financial resources for individual coaching.

In addition the ARIADNETechNat mentoring program offers individual support for personal development and questions concerning career decisions.

Funding for Individual coaching available (only EEI, INF, MB)

Dear female doctoral candidates at the Faculty of Engineering,


the women’s representatives at the Faculty of Engineering are pleased that they can support some of you with a travel scholarship. At the moment all funds are exhausted and  no applications for the travel scholarship for 2020 will be accepted.

The women’s representatives wish all scholarship holders every success in their projects.

If you have any further questions please contact Hanna Stöcker.

Funding is still available for female doctoral candidates in departments with a very low percentage of women to take advantage of individual coaching (e.g. for working specifically on a personal weakness). Funding is only available for the departments of Elektrotechik (EEI), Informatik (INF) and Maschinenbau (MB). It is generally up to the doctoral candidates themselves to find a suitable coach. However, the Centre for Continuing Education in University-Level Teaching (FBZHL) or the womens’ representatives can help if necessary. The maximum funding available for coaching is €1,200 per applicant.

Further information on applying can be found in the guidelines for application.

Applications must be submitted at least 6 weeks before the start of the coaching. Please sent your application in electronic form to Hanna Stöcker.

The Faculty of Engineering is committed to advancing the careers of particularly talented women across all qualification levels. They run the ARIADNETechNat mentoring programme in cooperation with the Office of Gender und Diversity. By providing women individual support through a personal mentor, the programme aims to help women successfully complete their further qualifications, whilst also encouraging high-potential female students and young researchers to start a career in research. Experienced mentors are there to give advice and support as and when needed. Participation in the programme is free of charge.

The ARIADNETechNat doc programme is available for PhD students. Please contact the programme coordinator if you would like to apply or require any further information. Mentoring is provided over a period of 18 months.

The Faculty of Engineering recognises outstanding doctoral theses written by young female researchers at the Faculty with an annual endowed doctoral thesis award. The decision is taken internally at the Faculty and suggestions are not accepted.