[CALL] Back-to-Research Grant


Deadline: 2017-10-31

for female postdocs who, during the last five years, have reduced or interrupted their research because of care obligations in their families.


  • Female post-doctoral researchers of all disciplines at the faculties and centres listed below, who reduced or interrupted their research activities in the past 5 years in order to provide care and/or support for family members.
  • Upon meeting the first requirement, the following applicants are eligible to apply:
    • Female researchers without a long-term contract, i.e. female project assistants or postdocs whose contract with the University of Vienna expires in November 2018 at the latest.
    • Female researchers whose employment contract with the University of Vienna ended no longer than 2 years ago (expired no later than October 2015).



Taking into account the steady decrease of the proportion of women on postdoc-level, the grant supports female researchers after career breaks due to family commitments.

The grant is to be used for writing applications for research projects promoting the career development, and/or writing/completing publications.



  • Academic curriculum vitae (max. 3 pages + publication list)
  • Cover letter
  • Work plan (with regard to grant objective)

Applications are to be submitted electronically by 31 October 2017, in German or English (preferably as pdf), to femail@univie.ac.at.
Applicants will be chosen by a trans-faculty selection committee.



  • The grant can be accepted from January 2018 until December 2018 at the latest. The starting point will be arranged individually.
  • The grant runs for a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 months (not limited to the 2018 calendar year).
  • The amount of the grant is EUR 20,000, excluding employer’s contributions to social insurance, as part of a freelance contract with flexible working hours.
  • In addition, funding for a 2-hour lectureship will be made available during or at the end of the grant period.