Equal opportunity measures


  • Link Fellowships

We fund short research stays (2 weeks to 3 months) of early career scientists (PhDs, Postdocs) from countries with limited research travel resources (see PDF for a complete list) at groups of the Faculty of Science. The fellowship will contribute towards travel costs and accommodation costs. The applications are submitted by the hosts at the University of Bern. Further information is available in the PDF:
Call for applications for the new Link grants offered by the Faculty of Sciences (PDF, 59KB)

  • Part-time employment

The faculty allows temporary and permanent part-time positions to promote a healthy balance between studying, working and family life. Part-time employment is possible on all levels.

“Since the birth of my daughter three years ago I work part time (80%). I am very grateful for this opportunity and for the very unbureaucratic procedure that made it possible.”
Prof. Olivia Romppainen-Martius, OCCR, Institute of Geography

  • The 120% support

The 120% care grant is now offered through the University, please find further information here:
Uni Internal Grants: 120%-Care-Grant

  • Financial support for additional child care costs

The Faculty of Sciences makes available funding for measures to support equal opportunities for young female academics with child care duties. We support additional child care costs that occur at conferences, workshops, summer schools, etc.
This measure supports young female academics regarding the financing of additional child care costs for the child/children while attending a conference/a workshop/summer schools/ job interviews/field work. The financial support may not exceed CHF 500 per person.
Applicants must submit a short proposal to the deanery (Claudia Scherrer). In addition, each application needs to include a copy of the birth certificate(s) of the child/children. Applications should indicate the budget and the name of the supervisor.

There is no deadline and applications will be reviewed continuously.