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.
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
Up to 12 months, until December 2020 at the longest
Deadline for submitting the application:
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.
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.