SPOT - Conference Support for Early-Career Researchers

SPOT offers a stage 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 discipline. In particular, female early-career researchers and early-career researchers with small children (for whom driving to a conference requires s high organizational effort) who do not have permanent employment should be given the opportunity to distinguish themselves in their discipline and to receive important input on their research interests.

Funding Round 2023

The application deadline for the 2023 funding round is Sunday, 8 January 2023.

We must recieve a PDF of your application documents via email to mentoring.frauenbeauftragte(a) by the deadline on 8 January 2023 at 23:59. A paper form of the application is notnecessary.

Funding can be provided for conferences that will occur in the second half of 2023. Please consider recieving a consultation before you apply. To do so, please contact Dr. Janina Dillig at mentoring.frauenbeauftragte(a)

Application Requirements

Applicants may be female postdocs and private lecturers who are doing research at the University of Bamberg. You may apply as an individual or in a group of up to three early-career researchers.

Application Documents

The application period opens once per year. Applications should be addressed to the University-wide Women's Representatives through the Women's Office. Required documents are:

  • CV of the applicant(s)
  • Draft of a Call for Papers
  • List of intended PR actions to occur priot 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 a renowned journal to publish the conference results

Coverage of Support

Up to 6000 euros may be provided for the organizing, hosting, and publishing of the conference. This covers the cost of things like:

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

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.

In a timely manner, the conference organizors are required to provide the Women's Office with an expense report and conference results. 

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).