Women in Science

The aim is to improve the career development of female postdoc researchers. For this purpose, the Faculty supports initiatives that meet the following three criteria:

  1. promotion of excellence;
  2. promotion of career and scientific development by focusing on independence and quality of research and teaching;
  3. encouraging women to remain in science.

This includes visits to other institutions, participation in advanced training courses or distinguished workshops, but in principle no conferences or congresses, since those are addressed by the support programme "Early-Stage Researchers". Every female scientist of the Faculty with doctoral degree or PhD who is employed on a temporary basis (university-based as well as project-based staff) can be funded twice a calendar year with a total of up to EUR 2,000; partial funding is also possible. If the applicant is not employed at the Faculty in a postdoc position for the entire calendar year, or if she is on leave, the amount is calculated on a pro rata basis.

Please apply for a specific Euro amount. Due to the administrative effort, applications for less than EUR 200 cannot be taken into consideration. Also, initiatives beyond the eligible employment period cannot be funded.

Financial support is limited to refunds of documented, eligible expenses; therefore lump sums cannot be taken into consideration. Not eligible are, for instance, expenses for meals (exceptions: overnight stays including breakfast and so-called “conference dinners” for networking purposes). At the time of application, the applicant's employment contract still has to run for at least another six months. The applicant also has to be able to complete the initiative/project by the end of its employment contract at the latest.

Interested female scientists are asked to send their informal application at least two weeks before the start of the planned initiative exclusively by e-mail to dekan.fgga@univie.ac.at. The application should describe the scope of the initiative on one page, stating the funding needs and explaining, why points 1 to 3 apply.

The applicant accounts for its expenses for the approved initiative in due time via the subunit (covering the calendar year). The subunit pre-finances the share of funding approved by the Management of the Faculty in advance. Of the expenses actually incurred, the Dean’s Office will refund up to the (maximum) agreed amount of funding to the global budget cost centre of the subunit following the submission of a half-year report.

If any additional costs are invoiced via other sources (e.g. via third-party funded budgets), the applicant has to notify this funding source in an informal manner, that she has been granted funding through the Women in Science programme of the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy and how much funding she received.

Please note that in case of doubt the German version of this directive is binding.