FAiR@UMA – Family Assistance in Research

Support for female researchers with comprehensive family responsibilities

The workload of a female researcher with a child or care responsibilities is still high – even if she works part-time. While her family obligations increase, her own academic profile needs to be further enhanced and the ties to the chair or research project need to be kept up. The special program FAIR@UMA (Family Assistance in Research) is designed to put things on the right track.

Thanks to the program, you can apply for student and research assistant funds in an unbureaucratic application procedure. The student or research assistant will support you at all stages of your research publications, carry out research work, collect data, and take care of time-consuming administrative tasks.

Please note: In order to be able to apply for funds for student and research assistants, you must be actively employed at the University of Mannheim, regardless of the number of working hours.

Target group:

Women researchers of all qualification phases – doctoral students, postdocs, junior professors, professors – who have at least one child under the age of 5, or who are on maternity leave in the two months prior to delivery, on part-time during parental leave, on family-related part-time work or after returning to work after a family leave

Type of funding:

Financial funds for a student or research assistant with a maximum number of working hours per month of

Student or research assistant

maximum number of hours per month

without a degree


with a bachelor's degree


with a master’s degree


Funding period:

Up to 12 months

Deadline for submitting the application:

Closed. A new announcement is planned and will be announced here.

When I returned to work after my second pregnancy, my older daughter was 3 years old and the younger one just 5 months. During this time, when I was faced with great challenges, the funds granted by FAiR@UMA were extremely helpful for coping with the tasks awaiting me in research and teaching: The new research assistant accompanied my courses as a teaching assistant and supported me in the collection of research data.

Dr. Eva Gredel, academic staff member (substitute professor) at the chair of German Linguistics / Credit: Jörg Gerkewitz

FAiR@UMA's uncomplicated and fast approval of funds for student and research assistants provides me with the freedom to concentrate on my core tasks in teaching and research. I also see this form of support as an appreciation of my work as a teacher and researcher caring for young children.

Prof. Dr. Lea Tochtermann, Junior Professor of Private Law and European Patent Law / Credit: Elisa Berdica


Sabine Kußmaul

Sabine Kußmaul (she/her)

Head of the Department of Equal Opportunity and Social Diversity
University of Mannheim
Stabsstelle Gleichstellung und soziale Vielfalt
B 6, 30–32 – Room 020
68159 Mannheim