Funding for individual coaching

A successful academic career on the path towards professorship not only requires excellent subject-related skills but also involves developing strategies and personal skills. In terms of their career planning, young female researchers often find themselves in extremely different situations and individual coaching tailored to their needs and provided by a professional coach is an important component in many ways to help them get on the right track in their careers.

  • Target group: Funding is intended for female postdoctoral researchers, habilitation candidates and assistant professors not on the tenure track.
  • Topics covered in coaching sessions: Individual consultation on aspects relevant to career development such as time management, leadership and balancing research and family life.
  • Scope: A coaching unit includes three individual sessions lasting 90 minutes.
  • Coach: Coaches with experience in higher education consultation may apply directly or be appointed by the Office of Equality and Diversity, the Center for Continuing Education in University-Level Teaching and the Graduate Center.

How to apply:

Female researchers may apply to the Officers for equal opportunities for women in science and the arts with the following supporting documents:

  • CV and list of publications
  • Letter of motivation (maximum 1 A4 page) stating the preferred coach if known.

Appointments for coaching sessions are arranged directly between the researcher and the coach.

Application period:

Applications may be received at any time until the funding is exhausted.


Prof. Dr. Martina Steul-Fischer (Officer for equal opportunities for women in science and the arts at the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law)



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