Programs, opportunities and support for female junior academics

An important purpose of the equality policy at Paderborn University is the promotion of junior women academics, researchers and scientists. In order to ensure equal opportunity at the level of junior academics, researchers and scientists, Paderborn University is active in both the doctoral studies and postdoc phases. In line with this aim, targeted measures and support programs have been developed.

Follow the links below for an overview of qualification and training programs at Paderborn University:

Scholarships and funding

Every year, Paderborn University awards basic scholarships (for a two-year period) and degree completion scholarships (for a six-month period) to doctoral candidates from any faculty.

Further information on Paderborn University's doctoral scholarship

Every year, Paderborn University awards Gender Studies scholarships. The aim of the programme is to specifically support and promote early-career researchers and junior academics in this field and to strengthen the profile of gender research.

Further information

To provide initial funding for female graduates wishing to pursue a PhD, Paderborn University has set up a staff appropriations pool.

Detailed information

Every year, Paderborn University awards postdoc scholarships to support and promote female early-career researchers and junior academics.

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Programs, opportunities and support

The Karriere als Wissenschaftlerin (Women in Academic Careers) program comprises various talks and workshops specially aimed at female PhD students. 

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Paderborn University launched its mentoring programme for female PhD students, aimed specifically at female early-career researchers and junior academics, in 2008.

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Peer coaching is offered at Paderborn University to assist female postdoc academics and researchers with their career development and networking activities.

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To support female junior professors and postdoc students at Paderborn University in their research project, a pool of 0.5 academic staff positions has been set up (Grant Line 2).

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How best to balance family and career, parenthood and academic work and research raises many questions, even as early as during pregnancy, with questions about maternity leave and benefits, parental leave and parental allowance. 

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Audit Family-Friendly University

On 22 November 2005, Paderborn University underwent the audit family-friendly university and was awarded a certificate as the first university in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Paderborn University received the TOTAL E-QUALITY award for its equal opportunities-oriented personnel policy for the first time in 2009.

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Audit Diversity-Friendly University

On 15 March 2023, berufundfamilie’s board of trustees awarded Paderborn University with the audit certificate.

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Diversity Charter & Association

In October 2011, Paderborn University signed the Diversity Charter.

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