Grants from the Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard-Foundation

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Are you a female graduate student or postdoctoral fellow with one or more children? Do you often lack the time and flexibility to pursue your academic work? Then apply for a grant from the Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard-Foundation. The grants aim to help talented young women through the period in which they face this double burden and enable them to produce good research nonetheless. The foundation was established by the German researcher Professor Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1995. The foundation supports female graduate students and postdoctoral fellows of all nationalities who are conducting research at German universities and research institutions, as well as female postdoctoral fellows who took their PhD at a German university and are continuing their research abroad. Preference is given to postdoctoral fellows who changed their area of research after their doctoral studies.

Who can apply?

Requirements for applicants include the following:

  • research in the field of experimental science or medicine
  • status of doctoral thesis: practical phase
  • duration of doctoral thesis: at least one more year from the start of funding
  • living expenses must already be covered by a salary or scholarship
  • the child/children must already be in full-time day care

What form does funding take?

The funding amounts to 400 euros per month for a period of one year. The financial assistance is intended to help reduce the amount of time spent on household chores and childcare and increase the time available for scientific research. The funding can be used for example to hire home help, buy appliances such as a dishwasher or washing machine or to hire additional childcare.

When is the closing date for applications?

The next closing date for applications is 30 November 2016.

Terms and conditions of application

The terms and conditions of application can be found here: