Equal opportunity within GRK 2039

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The German Research Foundation (DFG) is actively committed to equal opportunity and the equality of women and men in the German research system. Therefore, the DFG provides the GRK 2039 with separate funds for targeted measures to promote equal opportunities for women and men in science as well as to make jobs in science more family-friendly.

KIT is supporting diversity and gender equality through structural as well as personal measures and continuously enhances its equal opportunities program. Equality at KIT not only comprises equal opportunities for women and men but also the promotion of diversity as well as the advancement of every day life and working situation of persons with disabilities.

KIT and this RTG gain important scientific excellence by female students, female doctoral researchers and female professors. KIT offers mentoring programs addressing all stages of a scientific and academic career. On the level of young female scientists, the main objective consists in establishing science networks and conveying key qualifications. KIT offers a mentoring program for female students in technical subjects as well as career consultancy and advanced training for women in particular. The mentors come from universities, industry, and associations and are meant to facilitate the transition from studies to a career in industry or science. KIT is part of the FemTec network, partner of the mentoring program TANDEMplus and part of cross-mentoring program X-Ment (see below). Furthermore, female scientists and engineers have founded a self-organized, open network called WiKIT to support each other in technical and non-technical issues. At the top end of the scientific career stage, KIT initiated in August 2009 the coaching program "TOP" ("Time and Options for Professors") for established female professors.

To improve the compatibility of work and family, but especially to prevent female researchers from being forced to back out of their scientific work for purely organizational reasons the number of day-care places for children has been significantly increased. For instance, in September 2013, a new day-care center for children of KIT staff was opened on campus, which increases the number of day-care places available for children older than 3 months to 215, plus another 100 places for children of KIT students. The service times will be adjusted to the normal working hours (full-year opening times of the day-care center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.).

Measures to gurantee gender equality within the GRK 2039

  • Possibility of part-time PhD studies
  • Home office for persons with carer responsibility
  • Scientific assistant for laboratory work in case of pragnency
  • Financial assistants in some circumstances in the context of carer responsibilities
  • Measures to increase the participation of female scientists in the GRK 2039
  • Female researcher as role models 
  • Participitation in the GRK 2039 by two female professors: Prof. Dr. Ute Schepers and Prof. Dr. Anne Ulrich
  • Special training programmes for female scientists
  • Special programmes for female high-school students and university students
  • GRK Insight Lecture

Funding conditions and implementation

  • The funds can only be applied to measures benefiting researchers participating in the GRK 2039.
  • Examples for elgible measures in the framework of gender equality:
  • Fees for mentoring programs, soft skill seminars, management training
  • Fees for coaching
  • Financial assistance in the context of carer responsibilities and childcare

Training Programs

PEBA calendar of events

Diversity Management

Gender consulting

Gender and Diversity concept KIT

PEBA - Personalentwicklung und Berufliche Ausbildung

NaWik - Nationales Institut für Wissenschaftskommunikation

Gender Equality




Networks for women



Reconciliation of work and family life

Familienportal at KIT

Child Care


Platform for young scientists at KIT

HoC (for students)

KHYS (doctoral and postdoctoral researchers)

YIN (for Junior Research Group leaders)


General Information