Wo­men Pro­fess­ors' Pro­gram at Pader­born Uni­ver­sity (Pro­fess­orinnen­pro­gramm)

The Federal and State Program for Women Professors (Professorinnenprogramm) was launched in 2008 by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) together with the German states.

The program aims to increase the proportion of female professors at German universities. Within the framework of the first Women Professors' Program, 260 women professors were appointed.

Due to its great success, the program was continued in 2012 (Women Professors' Program II; Professorinnenprogramm II) and 2018 (Women Professors' Program III; Professorinnenprogramm III).
131 universities took part in the first round of calls for proposals for the Women Professors' Programme II (Professorinnenprogramm II), 96 of which were able to convince with their Equal Opportunity Concepts or their implementation reports on the concepts. Upon application, the successful universities can receive funds totalling 150 million euros from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the participating states.

In 2008, Paderborn University successfully participated in the Federal and State Women Professors' Program I (Professorinnenprogramm I) with a submitted equal opportunities concept. The university recruited three professorships at that time. Participation in the Women Professors' Programme II (Professorinnenprogramm II) was also successful. Three professorships were again approved.

In 2018, Paderborn University took part in the Women Professors' Programme III (Professorinnenprogramm III) with its "Equal Opportunities for the Future Concept" (Gleichstellungszukunftskonzept) and was again positively evaluated. Applications for professorships from the Women Professors' Programme III (Professorinnenprogramm III) are still pending.

Press article about the successful participation in the Women Professors' Programme II (Professorinnenprogramm II)

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On 22 November 2005, Paderborn University was the first university in NRW to be awarded the designation of “family-friendly university”.


Paderborn University has received the TOTAL E-QUALITY Award for their equality-oriented Human Resources policies.

Diversity Charter

Paderborn University signed the Diversity Charter in October 2011. Additional information can be found here.

In the portrait volume "Female Professors in Portrait" (Professorinnen im Portrait) 51 female professors (as of January 2012) are presented. The portraits show female scientists and researchers on campus and at work.