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.

As part of the target agreements between the Faculty of Engineering and FAU, outstanding female Master’s students can apply for a travel scholarship. This can be used to fund active participation in a conference or a short period of research at another institution in Germany or abroad. Conferences in Germany are eligible for maximum funding of €350. Up to €1,000 is available towards attending a conference abroad. The maximum funding for a short period of research is €1,000. Information on applying for funding can be found in the guidelines for applying for a travel scholarship.

It is also possible to receive this scholarship for online conferences and online workshops, etc.

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). 

A successful scientific career on the way to a professorship requires not only professional excellence but also the development of strategies and competencies.
Young female academics find themselves in a wide variety of situations with regard to their career planning, and individual, tailored advice from a professional coach is often an important element in positioning themselves for their future careers.

Application:

Interested young female academics should apply to the Faculty’s Women’s Representative with the following documents

  • CV and list of publications
  • Letter of motivation (max. 1 DIN A4 page) as well as details of the desired coaching

The maximum funding available for coaching is €1,200 per applicant.
Coaches with relevant consulting competence in the higher education sector are identified through your own initiative or in cooperation with us.
The coaching contract must be submitted within 4 weeks after approval of the application, otherwise the approval will expire.

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.

If you have any further question don’t hesitate to ask.

FAU strives to make research results permanently available worldwide without restrictions. At the same time, the autonomy of female scientists is to be strengthened.
The immediate goals of publication funding are therefore to improve the visibility of scientific work and to increase the impact. This poses considerable financial challenges, especially for young female scientists who are not working as applicants in externally funded projects or who are associated.
Support in the form of non-cash funding for open access or comparable publication costs is intended to enable female scientists in the qualification phase to make their research known internationally despite the impairments caused by the pandemic, so that they can increasingly assert themselves in the competition for a qualification position in science or for a professorship.

The female scientist, who must be the first or last author, submits the application to the Faculty Women’s Representative.
After successful acceptance for publication, the application should be submitted at least 4 weeks before the desired contract with the journal.
Material funding up to a maximum of 2000 €/publication can be applied for. Proportional co-financing of higher publication fees is possible.
Funding is available for articles published in journals requiring subscription or in open access journals (listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals, DOAJ). The articles must have undergone a quality assurance process (usually peer-review). Alternatively, comparable publication costs for book chapters or collective work contributions can be applied for.
Articles that have been produced as part of externally funded projects and for which publication funds are available are not eligible for funding.

Documents required for application:

  • Information on the author incl. short curriculum vitae (max. 1 page)
  • Brief description of position/grant situation
  • Confirmation of acceptance of the article
  • Details of other authors, title of publication, name of journal, impact factor, expected costs of publication, details of available third-party funding
  • Information on the costs of the publication and the share that can be covered by others

The committee of the Women’s Representative of the Faculty of Technology decides on the approval/rejection of an application. The final approval is made by the Office for Gender and Diversity.

Please send your complete application documents exclusively by mail as a PDF file (max. 2 files) to Hanna Stöcker.

If you have any further question don’t hesitate to ask.

In an emergency or if necessary for work reasons, it is possible to loan a laptop for a short-term.  If required, please contact Hanna Stöcker.

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The funding program provides funds for a student assistant up to a maximum of 6 hours/week for 6 months with a max. contract term until Dec. 31, 2021.

In order to realize equal opportunities for women in research and teaching and to increase the proportion of women in professorships, FAU provides special funding programs as part of the target agreements with the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts.
Due to the closure of daycare centers and schools as a result of the Corona pandemic, female scientists in particular with children in need of care have lost a considerable amount of time for research and teaching. The support provided by student assistants (SHK) serves to mitigate the disadvantages that have arisen. It is intended to provide female scientists in the qualification phase with more flexibility and time relief, so that they can continue their research and fulfill their obligations in the scientific community despite the impairments caused by the pandemic.

The application should be submit with the following documents:

  • Personal details and curriculum vitae
  • Brief statement and justification of the need for an assistant due to the pandemic-related care of children.
  • Brief description of your job situation
  • Brief statement  and reasons why a student assistant would make an important contribution to helping you to the fulfillment your academic responsibilities
  • Details of the duration of the SHK contract, including the start date of the contract.
  • Information on whether you will be supported by other auxiliary staff during the requested period.

The application must be received at least 8 weeks before the desired start date of the contract.
The committee of the Women’s Representative of the Faculty of Technology decides on the approval/rejection of an application. The final approval is made by the Office for Gender and Diversity.
Funding will be provided until funds are exhausted and the desired contract term of the student assistant can be implemented up to a maximum of 12/31/2021.

Please send your complete application documents exclusively by mail as a PDF file (max. 2 files) to Hanna Stöcker.

If you have any further question don’t hesitate to ask.

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If further or follow-up funding for research projects is temporarily open, there is an increased risk of losing high-potential female scientists at an advanced stage of their careers. Flexible interim financing can counteract this drop-out.
Therefore we are pleased to offer you a short-term bridging of position financing in the event of temporarily open project follow-up or further project financing from the funds of Innovation Alliance 4.0.

Scope: The interim financing is granted for a maximum of 3 months for up to one 0.5 TV-L E 13 position. It does not serve as a replacement for an already existing financing.
Application: Young female academics should submit their application to the Faculty’s Women’s Representative with the following documents:

  • Letter of justification for the necessity of the interim financing
  • Description of the research project and the own research unit (especially documentation of the own research tasks and performance within the project)
  • CV and list of publications
  • Information on the duration of the interim financing (max. 3 months) and the prospects for returning to regular project financing
  • Letter of recommendation from the supervisor(s) or project manager(s)
  • Confirmation from the supervisor(s) that interim financing from chair funds cannot be provided.

The committee of the Women’s Representative of the Faculty of Technology decides on the approval/rejection of an application. Final approval is given by the Office for Gender and Diversity.
Please send your complete application documents exclusively by e-mail as a PDF file (max. 2 files) to Hanna Stöcker.

If you have any further question don’t hesitate to ask.

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.