MIT – Mentoring and Information Programme for the Active Participation of Impaired Female Students and Postgraduates

MIT adresses female students and junior scientists, who aim for a doctorate despite a disability. Through MIT, you have the opportunity to contact a mentor of the University of Bamberg and take part in a supporting program with information on how to arrange your doctoral studies. Thus should support the scholarship holders to pursue and complete their promotion. In addition, mentees can discuss the difficulties of disability or chronic illness and promotion.

Why MIT?

Although the number of female students is growing, as well as the number of students with disabilities, there are fewer women at each stage of the scientific career ladder. In the best2 study of the Deutsches Studentenwerk of 2017 that the frequent exclusion of knowledge, which at first appears banal, but in reality represents systemic knowledge about the basic functioning of a university, is one of the main problems of students with disabilities. For women, this is often referred to as an barrier. Thus, disabled female students face barriers in terms of systemic knowledge, twice. MIT was initiated, to help these students, overcoming these barriers.

What Means Mentoring?

Mentoring means a consulting and support relationship between an experienced scientist and a supported student, which is not hierarchical. The confidentiality is secured by a confidentiality statement.

What is MIT good for?

MIT conveys the sponsored female doctoral students (mentees) the contact to a mentor. Additionally, MIT encourages the exchange opportunities between the mentees through a supporting program with lectures and workshops. Through the mentoring relationship, the students and doctoral students are encouraged in their desire for a doctorate - regardless of difficulties such as disability or chronic illness.

The information program also aims to provide background information about academic life in order to support a scientific career. At the same time, mentees thus have the opportunity, to exchange about the difficulties of disability or chronic illness and promotion.

Framework Program

Within a 18-months period, the framework program includes eight events. Three of these are mentee meetings, which are designed as biographical circles in the sense of the Fachkolleg Inklusion. Additionally, there are four workshops complementing the discussions in the biography circle with information on the topics of the doctorate with impairment. Planned workshops are:

  • Disadvantage compensation in master studies and doctorate
  • Write an exposé
  • How do I become a professor?
  • The own scientific homepage

At the end of the MIT-sponsorship there is an event organized by the mentees in cooperation with the program coordination, in which the mentees themselves become speakers.


Who can apply?

MIT is primarily focusses at female students and young researchers with disabilities or chronic illnesses, who are aiming for a doctorate. But women may also apply to exchange with impaired fellow students and doctoral students. An evidence of the impairment is not necessary.


Which application documents are necessary?

For an application it takes:

  • a letter of motivation (1-2 pages)
  • a tabular curriculum vitae

Please send both as pdf-document to until 15th February 2019.


Time Period

The duration of the program is 18 months, starting in April 2019. Up to 10 female students and doctoral students can be supported.


If there are any further questions, do not hesitate to contact:

Janina Dillig

Office of women´s representative / Kontaktstelle Studium und Behinderung


0951 / 863 - 1288 (via Scripture interpreters)

MIT is a cooperation of the women's representative office, the contact point study and disability of the University of Bamberg and the "Fachkolleg Inklusion an Hochschulen - gendergerecht" of the Hildegardisverein e.V.