The Faculty of Sciences’ Women’s Prize

Application deadline: 15 October 2021

The Faculty of Sciences’ Women’s Prize

The proportion of women in science remains unsatisfactorily low despite the high potential. The Faculty of Sciences at FAU is therefore making an active contribution to significantly increasing the number of women in leading research positions and ensuring that women reach their full qualification potential. The Faculty Women’s Prize not only honours the achievements of young female researchers, but also provides them with support during the course of their careers.

Which Faculty Women’s Prize is awarded by the Faculty of Sciences?

The Faculty of Sciences awards a prize to an outstanding young female researcher every year by funding a position for a postdoctoral project or equivalent research project that is particularly worthy of funding. Funding is only provided in the subjects or qualification levels where women are under-represented.

Who can apply and what does the Faculty Women’s Prize include?

Postdoctoral or habilitation projects from all departments at the Faculty of Sciences

  • The recipient is awarded staff funding for a position (50% TVL E13) for setting up or expanding their working group. This position is to be appointed by the recipient and may only be filled by a female doctoral candidate.

The Faculty Women’s Prize is allocated to a Chair for a specific person for 12 months. The position is not subject to a mandatory vacancy period. The staff funding awarded by the prize may not be used to reduce or replace an existing position. This means the postdoctoral researcher/doctoral candidate must include details of the intended appointment in the working group in her application for the prize.

The recipient must submit a report to the women’s representative of the Faculty of Sciences after the funding period is complete.

Applying for the Faculty Women’s Prize

Candidates should apply to the women’s representative at their department as well as the Faculty women’s representative. The following documents are also required:

  • List of publications
  • Tabular curriculum vitae
  • Copies of all university degree certificates and academic records
  • A three-page description of the planned research project (subject, concept, research methods, current status of own research, work plan with time schedule, etc.)
  • Career plan statement

Application deadline: 15 October 2021

Selection criteria for awarding the prize

  • Above-average achievements
  • Scientific independence
  • Convincing project outline
  • Potential success of applicant’s planned research career

Selection committee

The committee that awards the prize is equally represented with a women’s representative from each department, the women’s representative of the Faculty of Sciences and the project coordinator of the target agreements.

Funding commences on either 01 January 2022


Prof. Dr. Friedlinde Götz-Neunhoeffer

Geozentrum Nordbayern
Lehrstuhl für Mineralogie (Prof. Dr. Göbbels)

Dr. Magda Luthay

Projektkoordination und Controlling der Zielvereinbarungen

Büro für Gender und Diversity