Step by Step - Initiative of the Women's Representative for the Implementation of Equal Opportunities for Women in Research and Teaching

At the University of Bamberg, around 30% of all professorships are currently held by women. The University of Bamberg supports women through every step toward a professorship so that this statistic can be maintained and equality for women in academia and research can be further imrpoved

The "Step by Step" program at the University of Bamberg is financed with funds from the BGF (Bayerische Gleichstellungsförderung). Early-career researchers are given the opportunity to get financial support at every career level. The scholarships, which offer a maximum funding period of 12 months, are awarded once a year (subject to the allocation of funds by the StMBW) and primarily serve to finance transitional phases.

Please Note: The Step by Step scholarship program has been put in place to support women who intend to hold a professorship in Germany. For this reason, we ask that applicants have a German language level of at least B2 ot be actively working on learning the language. 

Funding round 2023

The application deadline for the 2023 funding round is Monday, 14th November 2022.

The funding round will start in April 2023.

PhD SCholarship: The scholarship is granted for a maximum of twelve months (during the finishing period of the PhD) and amounts to 1,200 euros per month.

Post-Doc Scholarship: The scholarship is granted for a maximum of twelve months and amounts to 2,200 euros per month.

Habil scholarship: The scholarship is granted for a maximum of twelve months and amounts to 2,600 euros per month.

Post-doctoral scholarship: The scholarship is granted for a maximum of twelve months and amounts to 3,000 euros per month.

Scholarship holders with children also receive a childcare supplement of 200 euros for one child and an additional 100 euros for each additional child under 12 years of age.

In order to apply for Step by Step as an early career researcher, you must be connected to the University of Bamberg in some way (e.g. via your supervisor). Further conditions can be found in the guidelines. These guidelines, which are available in German only, will be publieshed in October 2021, until then you may find the old ones here.

If you think a scholarship from the women's office might be for you, we kindly ask you to seek consultation on how step by step can be used most effectively to promote your career early but certainly before submitting your application. If you are interested in the scholarship, please make an appointment with Dr. Janina Dillig

In addition to financial support, all scholarship holders are supported by a support program, too. This includes a consultation during the application process, one workshops, an individual career advice and an evaluation interview.

After a grant, all scholarship holders are obliged to submit a final report in addition to an expert opinion from their supervisor. A possible template can be found here.(225.3 KB, 3 pages)

When can my funding period start?

Decisions about the applications are made during the first months of the year. Funding is possible starting in April of the year following the application, i.e. at the beginning of the next semester. In exceptional cases, the scholarship can start one month earlier. Funding periods starting later during the year are possible as well.

In what form should the application documents be submitted?

Please fill out the Powermail Form which will be online a the beinning of Oktober 2021. If this is not possible for you, please send a print-out of all your application documents to the women's office via mail. Do not staple the application or bind it in any way. Do not use folders, interleaves, etc.

How detailed should the project description and the work program be?

A maximum of 10 pages in total.

Should I attach an informal letter to the application or are the application form, exposé and other documents sufficient?

As with any application, a cover letter is highly recommended, even if it is not explicitly required.

Who is the adressee of the cover letter?

The scholarships are awarded by the women's representatives of the university, who are also the adressees of the cover letter. You can either write "To the women's representatives of the University of Bamberg" in general or name all women's representatives personally.

Should the CV include a picture?

It is not necessary to include a picture in your CV.

Will I be unable to receive funding if I am past the age limit, or can children and other carework be taken into account?

The age limit is an approximate point of reference only. Time spent caring for children or relatives will be taken into account. Wherever possible, proof of maternity leave etc. must be enclosed.

I am a registered doctoral student but I am not employed at the University of Bamberg. Can I still apply for the scholarship?

Yes, as long as your advisor works at the University of Bamberg.

When can I apply for a Post-Doc Scholarship? Do I have to already have the dissertation certificate or is proof that the thesis has been submitted sufficient?

At the time of your application, the dissertation certificate does not have to be available yet. However, the scholarship can only be granted once it has been submitted to the office. Please mention this in your cover letter.

Is a part-time scholarship possible?


Is it also possible to apply for a 50% scholarship for twice this period?


Should letters of recommendation be submitted separately?

Yes, letters of recommendation should be sent to us directly by the author, also by e-mail.

Can letters of recommendation be submitted after the deadline?

NO. All letters of recommendation must be submitted by the deadline. Applications without the required letters of recommendation cannot be considered.

Is this scholarship tax-free?

The scholarship is tax-exempt in accordance with the requirements set out in § 3 no. 44 letters a) and b) EStG.

Do I have health insurance with the scholarship?

Health insurance is not included in the scholarship. You must take care of insurance yourself.

Is additional income permitted?

Additional income is usually not permitted. One teaching assignment or the equivalent in academic work (f. ex. in editing, conference organization etc.) per semester is permitted.

When will decision be made on who is awarded the stipend and when will the applicants be notified?

We try to notify the applicants 6-8 weeks after the application deadline. Due to the large number of applications, it is unfortunately impossible to make an earlier decision.

How likely is it that a scholarship will be awarded?

The probability is hard to estimate.  It depends on the funds available, the career level of the applicants, and the number of total applications received. The number of applications has been increasing in recent years, so it is difficult to assess the chances of any individual application before the deadline. Typically, an applicant's chances increase the further along she is in her career.