Promoting equal opportunity and achieving equal participation for women and men are among BIH’s strategic goals and provide an important basis for excellent research. Despite the high percentage of female students, women remain underrepresented in certain academic fields (notably medicine), in scientific research, and in professorships. BIH seeks to remedy this situation by supporting the career paths of female scientists and clinicians. Each year, a call for applications is issued for the BIH Gender Equality Fund in order to promote the research activities of female scientistsand clinicians and further improve their career-relevant qualifications.
The following types of measures can be financed through the Fund:
- Contribution to the costs of hiring student assistants (max. 5,000 euros)
- Contribution to the costs of active conference participation (max. 1,500 euros)
- Contribution to the costs of individual career coaching or other training to improve your qualifications (max. 1,500 euros)
Funding is limited to a maximum of 5,000 euros per person and per calendar year. You can only choose funding for one of the measures. The reference period for funding is January-December 2018. The budget expires at the end of 2018 and cannot be transferred into 2019.
Please note that hiring a student assistant is only applicable for postdocs, specialists and junior group leaders/professors.
Eligible applicants are early-career and mid-career women scientists (doctoral students, PhDs, junior clinical scientists, clinical scientists, post-docs and junior group leaders/ junior professors) and clinicians working within the BIH translational research commons (MDC and Charité) who are pursuing translational research projects in line with the BIH strategy. Only women without permanent contracts or with a scholarship are eligible for funding.
Applications can be submitted until October 19 at 3pm. Please submit your application via the BIH portal. There will be a second call for 2018 in May.
The final selection is made by the Charité’s Commission on the Advancement of Women (KoFF), in consultation with MDC’s women’s representative, a female scientist at MDC and BIH’s Equal Opportunity Officer. If you are selected to receive funding, the costs cannot be reimbursed until supporting documentation of the actual expenses has been provided (receipts, tickets, or similar documents). Student assistants must be employed by the respective institution.
How to apply
Please submit your application via the BIH portal https://portal.bihealth.de/portal/SitePages/Portal.aspx until October 19, 2017 at 3 pm.
Please use the online form and upload your academic CV using the template provided on the website including the 5 most relevant publications.