Funding for equal opportunities in science at the University of Rostock: Funding line student assistant

Funding is available for female scientists (professors, Postdocs, doctoral candidates) with family responsibilities (raising children, caring for relatives) and/ or extensive committee activities. They must be members of the University of Rostock and want to advance their research and teaching activities at the local university.

Since the Professorinnenprogramm III aims to bring more women into top scientific positions, only women can be supported with funds from this program, according to the Funding- and Project Management Agency.

Scope of the promotion

The employment of one student assistant each with a total of max. 300 working hours is supported. In the case of equal qualifications, women are to be given preferential consideration as assistants. The hiring of male student assistants is only possible with the justification that no suitable female student could be found for the assistant position.

The granting of funds is conditional and dependent on the availability of the promised funding from the Professorinnenprogramm III of the federal and state governments. Legal recourse is excluded. There is no legal entitlement to the granting of funding.

Application deadlines

The call for applications is made twice a year:

For funding from March, the application deadline is 01.10 - 15.11.

For funding from September, the application deadline is 01.04 - 15.05.

Applications due to special urgency are not bound to the specified application deadlines and can be submitted at any time. In this case, the processing time is six to eight weeks.

Documents to be submitted

  • Completed, signed application form
  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form (without photo, no list of publication)
  • Proof of membership at the University of Rostock
  • Letter of motivation including a description of the project, time schedule and detailed description(s) of the student assistant's activities (two pages max., short instructions for motivational letter)
  • if applicable, justification of urgency (if application is submitted outside the application deadline; please refer to the notes in the FAQs)

further information


In order to sustainably advance equality in science, the University of Rostock has set itself the goal of ensuring the compatibility of science and career with family responsibilities, as well as increasing the proportion of women on committees. For this purpose, a fund has been established within the framework of the Professorinnenprogramm III of the federal and state governments. Female scientists and researchers in early career phases can be supported with the employment of a student assistant, if they are entrusted with family tasks (like raising children or caring for relatives) and / or extensive committee activities.

The fund serves to compensate for multiple workloads and the associated extensions in qualification projects or the student's own academic activities, which arise due to family responsibilities or extensive committee activities.

Since women are to be given preference as student assistants if they have the same qualifications, the program offers female students the opportunity to gain initial insights into the world of science and teaching. In this context, they can be encouraged to pursue a career in science by getting to know activities in research and teaching and at the same time finding a strong role model in their female superiors. The measure thus also represents an equality-oriented instrument of personnel development.

Application and eligibility criteria

Incoming applications are first examined from a formal point of view and for their likelihood of success. The Rectorate decides on the allocation of funds based on the proposal of the Commission for Equal Opportunity and Diversity.

As a rule, no reasons are given for rejections.

Female scientists who have already received funding can reapply once. However, priority is given to new female applicants.


Prerequisites for awarding

Dissemination of the application documents/ publication of the promotion

The documents submitted by the applicants will be passed on within the decision-making bodies involved. The applicants expressly agree to their name and their research or funding topic being mentioned in the context of reporting on the female professors program at the University of Rostock. This includes, for example, mention on the homepage of the university and in other press articles.

Acceptance of the eligibility criteria and withdrawal

By submitting an application, applicants declare their binding acceptance of the stated eligibility criteria. They are free to withdraw their application at any time. Such withdrawal must be made in writing to the Chair of the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Commission.

Evaluation and reporting obligation

The granting of a student assistant also includes the obligation of the grantee to participate in the evaluation of the program.