Career advancement

One of the main responsibilities of the Gender Equality and Diversity unit is to develop and implement various measures in the field of the advancement of academic careers. Our services include workshops, programmes and networking tailored to predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers and prospective university professors.

Recently published

Steps to a successful habilitation

The recently published brochure especially aims at encouraging women to habilitate. It provides an overview of the legal framework as well as further steps and contains statements by female researchers already holding a habilitation. The brochure is available in print and free of charge at the Gender Equality and Diversity unit in German and English.

Mentoring programme for early-stage researchers

The aim of the mentoring programme for female early-stage researchers (muv) is to promote academic careers of women at the University of Vienna. The programme enables female early-stage researchers to build mentoring relationships with professors at the University of Vienna, gain strategic knowledge and expand their professional networks. muv takes the form of interdisciplinary group mentoring (one mentor and a maximum of four mentees) and mentoring in pairs if necessary (one mentor and one mentee), and comprises various programme modules, such as seminars on key qualifications in the academic field.

The mentoring programme of the University of Vienna took place seven times so far. The next run of the mentoring programme for postdocs is scheduled for wintersemester 2019.


Back-to-Research Grant

The Back-to-Research Grant is targeted at female postdoctoral researchers who had to reduce or interrupt their research activities because of care obligations (children and/or adult family members in need of care and/or support). It is designed to provide female researchers with the opportunity to work on research proposals/publications in order to support their academic careers. The grant is annually set at EUR 20,000. In addition, funding is provided for a two-hour-per-week teaching assignment during or after receipt of the grant.

On behalf of the Rectorate, the Gender Equality and Diversity Unit offers seven grants for female postdoctoral researchers for the year of 2018.

Application form

FEMAC – career development programme for female researchers in English

FEMAC is a three-semester career development programme for female postdoctoral researchers and habilitation candidates at the University of Vienna and is held in English. The programme combines career-integrated coaching led by national academic coaches and training sessions and workshops led by international experts. The group coaching aims to promote the exchange of experiences among the participants.

The second run of FEMAC 2 started in March 2018 and ends in June 2019. Participants are female postdoctoral researchers and habilitation candidates of all disciplines of the University of Vienna (minimum duration of the current contract until January 2019), who pursue an academic career.

Habilitation training for female academics

This one-day seminar has the goal of providing senior female postdoctoral and habilitation candidates with concise information about the topic of habilitation – from its significance to careers, to the prerequisites and requirements and the unwritten rules for a successful habilitation. This seminar is targeted towards female postdoctoral candidates working on a specific habilitation project and female postdocs who aspire to or are at the beginning of a habilitation. This seminar is regularly held in English. The next training will be in spring 2019.

  • Broschure "Steps to a successful habilitation" (PDF)

Prospective professors

Appointment training for prospective professors

This offer is an important measure to increase the career opportunities of female academics at the University of Vienna and thus to promote gender equality. Ten women academics from all disciplines of the University of Vienna are invited to participate in the two-and-a-half day workshop. By taking part they acquire extensive formal and informal knowledge about the professors’ appointment process and are prepared for their national or international applications. The workshop is targeted towards female academics of the University of Vienna holding a habilitation or equivalent qualification who are currently applicants in national or international appointment procedures or who are planning to apply for a professorship within the next few years.

Berta Karlik Programme

As part of the Berta Karlik Programme, special professorships were created at the University in 2011 to promote excellent female researchers. Following the principles of gender equality, the Berta Karlik Programme is designed to increase the opportunities of highly qualified women researchers at the University of Vienna. These temporary professorships increase their chances of subsequently being appointed as professors in Austria or abroad. The Programme was launched two times. 6 Berta Karlik professorships were awarded in total.


Networking evening for female academics

Based on the experience that good networks are of key importance for an academic career, the Gender Equality and Diversity Unit has been organising networking events for current and previous participants of its programmes. Each networking evening is designed to provide a space for input and in-depth dialogue on a selected topic as well as time for networking, reunion and informal exchange.

  • the next networking evening is about "Netzwerken leicht gemacht?" on the 5th of November 2018 from 6-9.30 pm at the VinziRast Dachatelier, Währingerstraße 19, 1090 Wien. With an input of Deborah Ruggieri.

  • Previous networking evening:
    “Does a successful academic career go together with family life and private interests?”
    With: Prof. Andrea Olschewski, Moderation: Ute Riedler
    "Salary negotiations for women" with Ute Riedler: Gehaltsverhandlungstipps für Frauen (PDF)(in German)