[CALL] FWF - Hertha Firnberg Programme


Deadline: 11 Dec 2020, 14:00

For female post-docs at the beginning of their scientific careers.

+++ Call opens on 12 Oct 2020 +++

+++ Please contact D. Grosse Kathoefer in good time before submission concerning declaration of consent +++

The FWF is offering extremely well qualified female scientists who are working towards a career in universities the chance of a two-stage funding for a total of six years.

The career development programme for female scientists is divided into the Hertha Firnberg Programme for post-docs, which aims to support women at the start of their scientific careers, and the Elise Richter Programme for senior post-docs,and the Elise Richter Program for arts-based research, Elise Richter PEEK, which aim at providing the necessary qualifications to apply for professorial positions within Austria or abroad.

Target group
Highly qualified female scientists of any scientific discipline, who have completed their university studies

Principle of territoriality: "Applicants must have had their main residence in Austria for at least three of the past ten years at the time the application is submitted, and/or must have been working continuously as a researcher in Austria for at least the two consecutive years preceding the submission of the application."

Pease note: Participants of Lise-Meitner Programme are not restricted by the principle of territoriality!


  • Improvement of the career prospects for women in Austrian research facilities
  • very generous support during the postdoc phase for women at the start of their scientific careers or on its resumption following maternity leave


  • completed doctoral studies
  • international scientific publications

36 months (up to 12 months therefrom can be spent at research facilities abroad)


  • personnel costs of 67,670 € per year
  • project-specific costs up to 12,000 € per year