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.

Application deadline for conferences in the winter term 2023/24: September 17th, 2023

(Mid-February 2024 is the application deadline for conferences in the summer term 2024.)

Application Requirements

Applicants may be female post-docs or private lecturers 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 University-wide Women's Representatives through the Women's Office. The distribution of funds is decided upon by the University-wide Women's Representatives.

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

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 Women's Office. For example, an assistant may be hired via the Women's Office.

The conference organizors are required to provide the Women's 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).