SPOT - Conference Support for Early-Career Researchers

SPOT offers a platform for advanced early-career researchers. This scholarship supports the planning and organization of an innovative conference that creates good publicity for the researchers' respective research disciplines. In particular, female junior researchers without permanent employment and female junior researchers with small children (for whom driving to a conference requires s high organizational effort) should be given the opportunity to distinguish themselves within their discipline and to receive important input on their research interests.

Actual round

4th August 2024 is the application deadline for conferences in the winter term 2024/25.

Application Requirements

Applicants may be female post-docs, private lecturers or junior professors without a permanent contract who are conducting research at the University of Bamberg. Applications are accepted from both individuals and groups of up to three early-career researchers.

Application Documents

The application period occurs once per year. Applications should be addressed to the Academic Equal Opportunity Officer through the Academic Equal Opportunity Office. The distribution of funds is decided upon by the Academic Equal Opportunity Officers.

The following documents are required in order to apply:

  • CV of the applicant(s)
  • Draft of a Call for Papers
  • List of planned PR measures to occur prior to the conference
  • Possible keynote speaker
  • Cost estimate
  • Assessment of a professor (at least W2) on the possible position of the planned conference in subject-specific discourse
  • If applicable, offer from a publisher or renowned journal to publish the conference results

Please send your application documents in one pdf-file to sekretariat.gbwiss(at)

If you have any further questions, please contact Tatiana Kehr at karriere.gbwiss(at) or 0951/8631288

Scope of Support

Up to 6,000 euros may be provided for the organizing, hosting, and publishing of the conference. This covers expenses such as:

  • Fee for keynote speaker
  • Assistant
  • Travel Expenses
  • Distribution of Conference Results
  • Event Folders
  • PR Work

Organization of the Conference

If the conference can not be associated with a professorship or department at the University of Bamberg, it is possible to utilize the infrastructure of the Academic Equal Opportunity Office. For example, an assistant may be hired via the Academic Equal Opportunity Office.

The conference organizors are required to provide the Academic Equal Opportunity Office with an expense report and conference results shortly after the conference occurs. 

Sponsored Conferences

For a list of conferences that have been supported in the past, please see the German version of this page (by clicking Deutsch in the top right corner).