Funding for guest lectures by outstanding women scientists
The Faculty of Engineering offers professional and career lectures by top-class female scientists. The aim is to present female role models and their research or career paths and thereby motivate female students and young female scientists to pursue a scientific career. In the course of the current target agreements, the Faculty of Engineering supports guest lectures by external female scientists through financial sponsorship.
- A maximum of €1,000 in funding is available for guest lectures by female researchers from research institutions outside of Europe.
- A maximum of €750 is available for guest lectures by female researchers from research institutes within Europe.
- The maximum funding available for women in research from within Germany is €500.
An informal application from the chair extending the invitation is all that is needed to apply for funding towards travel expenses for guest lectures at the Faculty of Engineering. Detailed information on how to apply can be found in the guideline for application.
Applications must be submitted at least 6 weeks before the guest lecture. Please sent your application in electronic form to Hanna Stöcker
The Faculty of Engineering offers visiting scholarships to encourage excellent young female researchers from abroad to spend time researching at the Faculty. Women who are well on their way to achieving their doctoral degree, carrying out postdoctoral research, working on their habilitation or working as a junior professor are all eligible to apply for funding.
The maximum amount of funding available for each application is €2,000.
Detailed information on how to apply can be found in the guidelines for application.
Applications must be submitted at least 6 weeks before the arrival of the guest scientist. Please sent your application in electronic form to Hanna Stöcker.
The Faculty of Engineering would like to motivate female students and female scientists from the doctoral phase onwards to pursue a further scientific career or to encourage them to continue the same and to promote their scientific networking on an international level.
Funding is provided for active participation in a conference (lecture/poster or similar), participation in a summer school, a workshop, a science campus or a similar event.
Please note that there are also “black sheeps” at conferences that are pseudo-scientific or pseudo-conferences and offer no or only very limited added value for scientific exchange. Funding cannot be granted in such cases.
- A maximum of €350 in funding is available for actively contributing to a conference in Germany.
- A maximum of €600 in funding is available for actively contributing to a conference in Europe.
- A maximum of €1,000 in funding is available for actively contributing to a conference outside Europe.
- A maximum of €350 in funding is available for taking part in a science camp, summer school or the like.
Each applicant can apply for a maximum of four grants of up to €3,000 over the period of the current target agreements (2023-2027). In the sense of a “hardship case”, applications beyond this must provide detailed reasons why no other funds are available from the chair for further conference participation.
Information on applying for funding can be found in the guidelines for applying for conference funding.
International Visiting Scholarship
Research periods at foreign research locations are a central component of a career in research. The Faculty of Engineering offers outstanding young women researchers the possibility to apply for a scholarship as a guest researcher abroad (international visiting scholarship).
Support is provided for young female scientists (from qualification level advanced master’s degree (master’s thesis must be written at FAU), doctoral candidates, female postdocs, habilitation candidates and junior professors) of the faculty.
The funding offer is aimed exclusively at women who wish to pursue an academic career.
A research stay abroad is supported with a grant of a maximum of 1 500 €/per month. The maximum funding rate per applicant is limited to € 5,000.
Information on applying for funding can be found in the guidelines for applying for a travel scholarship.
The Faculty of Engineering can provide financial support for individual coaching.
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.
A coaching session is a 1:1 consulting situation suitable to address specific, individual career development issues. The coach actively supports the coachee in her/his career development. The women’s representatives support individual coaching sessions if the coachee is pursuing an academic career. Included in this context are topics such as.
- Career and self-marketing
- Career and goal management
- Career planning
- Discovery of personal resources and their effective use
- Perception of one’s own competence to act
- Preparation for appointment negotiations
The coaching should also provide impulses for independent further work and development.
We support you in finding a suitable coach.
Coaching sessions are funded with a maximum of € 1,200 for up to 6 sessions.
For more information, please refer to the application guide.
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 Equality and 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.
ARIADNE offers individual advice and support through one-to-one mentoring by experienced FAU academics of a higher qualification level, an accompanying career seminar programme with professional coaches and organised networking events for the mentee group. If international mentees are participating, the events will be held in English.
Elsbeth Wendler-Kalsch Award for women in research
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.
If you have any questions about the promotion price, please contact Astrid Nietzold.
Career planning interview
The Faculty of Engineering is committed to conducting a career planning interview with all female academic employees by their supervisor.
Start-up funding for newly appointed female professors
All newly appointed female professors receive start-up funding in addition to the standard financing. The aim of this measure is to encourage women to apply for professorships and to make the Faculty a more attractive employer for highly qualified women.
• W1-professorship: €50,000*
• W2-professorship: €50,000*
The entire amount is allocated to the newly appointed professor.
* If a permanent professorship is awarded to an internal member of staff or a professorship is changed from temporary to permanent, the difference to the maximum amount is paid. In no instance will more than 100% of the stated maximum amount be paid.
Start-up funding is requested after the call is accepted by an informal letter from the Faculty Women’s Representative to the university administration.