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.


doc:muv Mentoring programme for early-stage researchers

The aim of the mentoring programme for female early-stage researchers (muv) is to strategically the develop the academic careers of female doctoral candidates at the University of Vienna. The programme is aimed at female doctoral candidates of all academic disciplines and faculties. The kick-off meeting took place in the winter semester 2018/19. The three semester long programme starts in the following summer semester and gives the participants the possibility to plan their academic career strategically, to build individual mentoring relationships and (peer) networks across academic disciplines. For the first time, three different elements of women's advancement are combined with each other: mentoring, group coaching and training.

doc:muv's kick off meeting took place in November 2018, before the actual start of the central programme elements (mentoring, coaching, training) in March 2019. This meeting was used for a first meeting of the peers (mentees), program coordinators and coaches. After a Who Is Who and a small introduction to the program, the mentees worked on their first task in their future mentoring groups: a list of three potential mentors. The Gender Equality and Diversity unit used these lists to contact the mentors.



We invited postdocs of the University of Vienna to apply as a mentee for the mentoring programme postdoc:muv.

The career development programme for the promotion of early stage researchers of all disciplines and faculties of the University of Vienna starts in the summer semester 2020 and lasts until June 2021. The programme combines the three formats mentoring, group coaching and training. The program lasts three semesters and offers its participants the possibility to optimize their career strategies regarding the manyfold requirements of a scientific career, to enter individual fostering relationships, and to establish (peer) networks across disciplines.

Marie Jahoda Grant (formerly Back-to-Research Grant)

With the Marie Jahoda Grant, the University of Vienna aims to support female, highly qualified postdoctoral researchers who had to reduce or interrupt their research activities because of care obligations in their families or close environment.

Starting in 2014, the grant has been issued every year from the rectorate's ressources. With Marie Jahoda, a renowned social scientist who started her career at the University of Vienna lends her name to the grant from now on. Apart from this change, we are happy that both the number of grants awarded as well as their endowment was increased. In the wiinter semester 2019/20, a total of 10 grants set at EUR 30,000 will be awarded.

The Gender Equality and Diversity unit coordinates the grant.

We don't accept applications at the moment. A new call is planned for fall 2020.

We warmly congratulate the 10 grantees 2019/2020:

  • Katsiaryna Ackermann, Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies
  • Clarissa Breu, Faculty of Protestant Theology
  • Caterina Maria Grasl, Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies
  • Lisa Horn-Péter, Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Christa Markom, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Alexa Müllner-Huber, Faculty of Psychology
  • Michaela Raggam-Blesch, Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies
  • Carmen Rob-Santer, Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies
  • Cornelia Rumpf-Kienzl, Centre for Molecular Biology
  • Kamila Maria Staudigl-Ciechowicz, Faculty of Law

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 two seminars will take place on March 24, 2020 (seminar language: German; fully booked) and June 26, 2020 (seminar language: English; applications until March 27, 2020).

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.

Thematic focus:
Legal framework; coaching of soft skills; unwritten rules of the appointment process; talking with the appointment committee; strategies for salary negotiations.


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.

  • Previous networking evening:
    "Self-Leadership - Connecting to the Source" with Anette Hammerschmidt.
    "Networking made easy?" with Deborah Ruggieri.
    “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)

Discontinued programmes

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 ended in June 2019. Participants were 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.

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 was designed to increase the opportunities of highly qualified women researchers at the University of Vienna. These temporary professorships increased 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.

"Leading, Managing and Developing Competences": career planning curriculum for female postdoc university assistants

The three-semester career planning curriculum "Leading, Managing and Developing Competences. Women in Academia Shape their Future" offered female postdoctoral academics at the University of Vienna the opportunity to broaden their skills for their professional future. The programme was mainly directed towards female postdoctoral university assistants who were in longer-term employment with the University of Vienna (the employment contract had to run for a minimum of two years as of the beginning of the programme).

Career planning curriculum for female predoctoral researchers

The three-semester career planning curriculum for female researchers "Steps to Success" was organised by the units Gender Equality and Diversity and Human Resources Development. The programme was exclusively directed towards female academic staff in the predoctoral phase: university assistants, external lecturers and academic project staff.