Fully Funded KOPF FREI 2022 PostDoc Scholarship for Women Researchers with Family Responsibilities

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    Universität Zu Köln | Research Management Division 7 | Dep. Large-Scale Projects 72.4 And Department Gender & Diversity Management Albertus-Magnus-Platz 50923 Cologne E-Mail: S.staudenrausch(at)verw.uni-koeln.de Tel: 0221 / 470-2407

The program’s goal is to improve the career chances of female postdocs and younger academics with family responsibilities at the University of Cologne (UoC) by relieving them of various activities in teaching, academic self-administration, or research assistance (e.g. in third-party fundraising).


About the Scholarship:

The University of Cologne is a well-known German university. It was the sixth university to be created in Central Europe, though it was closed in 1798 and reopened in 1919. It is currently regarded as one of Germany’s finest universities. With over 50,000 students, it is today regarded as one of Germany’s largest universities. Times Higher Education placed the University of Cologne 157th in the world in 2020. UoC, the sixth-oldest university in Central Europe, today has 50,000 students and is a member of the German U15, a group of prominent, research-intensive German universities comparable to the UK’s Russell Group. “The German U15 network enables us to collaborate on national and international levels to promote research and education,” says Professor Dr. Freimuth. “We’re one of Germany’s most popular universities, providing academic quality in a multicultural, open-minded environment.” It was initially made up of the faculties of economics, business, social sciences, and medicine. The Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Arts were added to the university in 1920. However, in 1955, the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics was separated from the Faculty of Humanities to create a new faculty entirely. The affiliation of the two Cologne-based departments of the Rhineland College of Education as the Faculties of Education and Special Education, and the creation of the Faculty of Therapeutic Pedagogy in 1987, resulted in an irregular expansion. The institution, which is based in Cologne, is divided into six faculties and offers 200 different disciplines of study. Faculty of Management, Economics, and Social Science, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science, Faculty of Law, and Faculty of Human Science are among them. The university enrolled approximately 50,316 students in 2017. It also has a total of 4,713 academic employees, including Professors and Clinical Staff. The university also houses 658 professors. It contains 16 research institutes. The university’s study programs are well-known for training graduates for rewarding careers. Scholars at the University of Cologne have made major contributions to their areas over the years. Among the university’s prominent alumni are Peter Grünberg (2007 Nobel Prize winner in Physics), Kurt Alder (1950 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry), Gustav Heinemann (Federal Republic of Germany President from 1969 to 1974), and Erich Gutenberg (father of modern German business studies). Eleven faculties have also received the Leibniz Prize.


Scholarship Sponsor(s):  University of Cologne (UoC)

Scholarship Country: Germany

Scholarship Worth: Fully Funded

Study Level: Postgraduate

Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer: 

An application is conceivable for one of the two modules listed below:

  • Module 1 – Substitute teaching
  • For the winter semester 2022/2023, funding will be provided for a teaching substitute to reduce the teaching burden for two SWS. This is only feasible if there is a confirmed teaching load and the duties in terms of teaching load are not completely waived.
  • Module 2 – What is a research assistant? Funding for the employment of a research assistant (only SHK/WHB) for a maximum of 27 hours per month for a six-month period to assist in teaching, self-administration, or research.


Eligibility for Scholarship.

  • Female postdoctoral researchers and junior professors who have at least one kid under the age of 12 or who are in the sixth grade or younger and/or have additional care duties are eligible to apply.
  • The researchers must be employed at the University of Cologne for at least the duration of the applied-for measure and be in an active qualification phase.
  • KOPF FREI PostDoc Scholarship Interview Date, Process, and Location
  • Multiple applications are permitted, but first-time candidates will be given preference. If the applications received by the deadline are not sufficient to cover the allocated funds, the applicants will be chosen based on their academic qualifications and doctoral grade. Social criteria, as well as any previous financing from other UoC internal funding channels, may be considered.



The KOPF FREI 2022 PostDoc Scholarship for Women Researchers with Family Responsibilities is open to all international students


Application Procedure

The following complete documents are required for the application and must be submitted in a single PDF file:

  • A cover page containing the applicant’s name, first name, academic degree, institute, and contact information, as well as information about the module applied for.
  • A cover letter (maximum of two pages) with the following information:
  • A description of the family and work environment that highlights the individual burden (family care concept / family management / care obligations / tasks in teaching, research, and self-administration, etc.).
  • All children’s ages, as well as the youngest child’s birth certificate, or credible evidence of handicap status, degree of care, or chronic disease (of a person).
  • Professional and qualification status, which must be demonstrated, for example, with a habilitation timetable, confirmation of junior research group leader status, or equivalent, as well as specifying the next career goal and the present research project. If you are applying for a LfbA position, please add a statement stating whether the position profile allows and enables scientific qualification / research, as well as whether you are a seconded teacher.
  • A statement detailing all internal funds that the University of Cologne has already received (e.g. Postdoc Grant, re-entry positions, Mobility Grants, NetEx, Kids&ElderCare etc.).
  • Statement of expenses for the substitute (unit and overall costs based on the faculty’s specific average rates; to be obtained from the faculty / institute; includes a one-time flat rate for travel and lodging costs) or the planned time period for employing the research assistant.
  • Scientific CV that includes a complete list of publications, with the three most important works highlighted.
  • Doctorate degree.
  • Information about teaching responsibilities (number of SWS), self-administration (evidence with job contract, Klips 2.0, institute confirmation, or equivalent), and/or research activities (e.g. third party funding proposal).
  • Proof of employment at the University of Cologne for a specified period of time.
  • Please mention whether you work for or are affiliated with a DFG-funded joint research project (e.g. CRC).
  • Informal signed declaration that all information supplied has been truthfully provided
  • Please send your application in the form of a single PDF document to the following address: kopf-frei(at)verw.uni-koeln.de.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for KOPF FREI 2022 PostDoc Scholarship for Women Researchers with Family Responsibilities Is April 15, 2022

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