[Translate to Englisch:] Photo by Félix Prado on Unsplash
[Translate to Englisch:] Photo by Félix Prado on Unsplash

Equal Opportunities

With its focus on studying inequality, a particular focus of the cluster is on the support of equal opportunities across its own structures and activities.

Your Contact Person

Our Equal Opportunities Coordinator will happily respond to any questions you might have:

Sandra Weimer
Tel.: +49 7531  88-5301 or -5761
Room E 616 or Y 211


Gender Balance

Our aim is to enhance gender balance at all academic career levels from doctoral researchers to PIs. We also strive for gender balance in the composition of the cluster’s committees and boards. In order to reach these aims, we adopt equal opportunity-based selection processes that include active searches for female candidates and the monitoring of female representation in committees and among candidates, in addition to considering family leaves and the individual situation of applicants when evaluating scientific achievements. Furthermore, we will employ a monitoring process which tracks gender balance at all career levels and reports its findings in an annual report to the Board.

Organisational Culture

Our cluster promotes an organisational culture that is family-, gender- and diversity-conscious. The cluster strives to support its researchers by fostering a professional context and an atmosphere that encourage female students and early career researchers to commit to an academic career. Project and employment structures are implemented in a reliable and sustainable way to ensure equal opportunities and family-friendly conditions. Institutional processes, like hiring and fund allocation, are kept transparent and sensitive to diverse career and personal situations as well as being flexible enough to accommodate individual needs. Committee members will receive training on addressing gender bias and to increase awareness and sensitivity in regard to LGBTQ issues.

Family Support

For researchers with family responsibilities, we provide customised support for pursuing a successful academic career while balancing work and family life. For example, we reserve space in the Kinderhaus childcare facility on campus, which even provides cluster researchers with supplementary after-hours childcare in emergency situations. Also, to promote mobility for parents, additional travel grants for accompanying children and caretakers are provided. Flexible working time arrangements and family-friendly scheduling of central cluster activities will further help to balance work with family life.

Advancing the Careers of Female Researchers

In order to make a career in academia more attractive, especially for women, our cluster will create and continuously enhance its support structures and measures for this purpose. For example, our cluster’s female researchers will take part in regular round table meetings for female researchers, and they can apply for different mentoring programmes aimed at enhancing their careers. In addition, we offer bridging funds for the period between the completion of a doctoral thesis and the next research position or after completion of a research project

Gender Research

Beyond the institutional advancement of diversity and equal opportunity, our cluster promotes equal opportunity by expanding our knowledge about the politics of inequalities related to gender, social background, language and ethnicity. In our list of featured publications, you can find examples for interesting studies in this regard. Cluster-sponsored projects analyze, for example, public perceptions of gender inequalities in the educational system and within labour markets, or how gender inequalities are framed linguistically in different countries. Gender research is also part of teaching in our doctoral training: Students study ethnic and gender inequalities in education, labour markets and political rights with an analytical and empirical focus.

Equal Opportunities for Persecuted Academics

We aim to respond to the problem of unequal academic opportunity for researchers from poorer or more conflict-prone countries. In many countries, the principles of academic freedom are in danger. To address this, we offer one-year-fellowships reserved for researchers whose personal safety is “at risk” for political or other reasons and whose planned research fits the cluster’s research agenda. In addition, calls for fellowships and professors will include and explicitly address this target group.