Guideline for the al­loc­a­tion of fund­ing with­in the frame­work of the Equal Op­por­tun­it­ies Concept (EOC)

Grant Line 1: Provision of a academic staff position/staff appropriations pool for female graduates

To support the best female graduates with funding, Paderborn University’s Executive Board has established a staff appropriations pool within the framework of its Equality Concept, with approximately five academic staff positions (TV-L E 13, 100 %) available per year as initial funding for the development of a PhD research project for a period of one year.

Graduates of all Paderborn University faculties who are preparing for a PhD at Paderborn University are eligible to apply for this funding line. The right of proposal remains with the respective supervising professors. A minimum of one female graduate per faculty can be funded in each application period. Funding not exceeding the value of academic staff positions (TV-L E 13, 100 %) can be applied for. This funding is provided for a period of one year.

Applications for this funding line must be submitted in alignment with applications in the programmes  “Incentive system to increase the proportion of women in professorships” and “Support for female junior professors and postdoctoral researchers through academic staff positions”. The faculties submit their proposals as a complete package to the Executive Board, which decides on the allocation of funding. Applications can be submitted to the Executive Board via the respective dean’s office by 15 October of each year. The deadlines for the faculty-specific pre-selection will be announced by the dean´s office.

If there are several applications from a faculty, the faculty must prioritise these. The shortlist (max. 3 proposals) for submission to the Executive Board should be developed by the faculty with the participation of the Equal Opportunities Officer. Female graduates applying for this funding line should generally not be employed by the university. The funding provided serves as initial funding for the preparation of a PhD.

The following documents must be enclosed with the application:

  • Draft PhD research project proposal
  • Plan for securing further funding, taking into account the German Academic Fixed-Term Contract Act (WissZeitVG) (schedule and type of intended further funding)
  • CV
  • Copy of degree certificate

Funding can be provided for female graduates who demonstrate academic performance and exam results that are above average requirements and who are preparing for a PhD degree. The period between graduation and the commencement of funding must not exceed one year.
Funding cannot be granted if the candidate to be supported is in receipt of or has received other funding from public sector or publicly-funded private institutions for the same purpose and period.

The duration of the funding amounts to one year.

At the end of the funding period, a status report on the PhD preparations and further funding must be submitted to the Executive Board.

audit family-friendly…

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.

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On 15 March 2023, the Board of Trustees of berufundfamilie awards Paderborn University the certificate for the audit vielfaltsgerechte hochschule.