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Bavarian Gender Equality Grant (BGF)

Deutsche Version

General Information regarding Application

Purpose

The Free State of Bavaria has been making state funds available since 2008 to intensify efforts to realize equal opportunity in research and teaching. The grant’s objectives are to boost the percentage of women at all academic qualification levels, from the postdoc phase onward, as well as in each respective degree, and in particular, to increase the number of women in leadership positions at research and teaching institutions, especially in professorships.

See Evaluation 2008 - 2013 (in German)

See Evaluation 2008 - 2017, Bavaria (in German)

Application and application period

BGF-scholarships are advertised as a rule once a year. Currently, the following applies: Applications must be submitted via the online application portal. The application period starts on 01/31/2020 and ends on 03/19/2020. The online application portal closes on 03/19/2020 at 12:00 noon.

Stipend term

The stipend term runs for a maximum of 12 months. For first applications, it begins on 10/01/2020, and for follow-on applications, it begins immediately following the preceding grant. The request for proposals for 2020 is subject to budget approval.

Application eligibility

Any graduate female researcher at the LMU with a PhD who, from the time of application submission to the end of the grant period, holds either an employment agreement at the LMU, or if she has no employment agreement, can demonstrate an institutionalized affiliation or a close connection with the LMU (such as a desk, an office, or a workplace in a lab) is eligible to apply. Please pay close attention to the detailed information regarding the type of grant.

Type and scope of grant


At the LMU, the following stipends can be applied for from BGF funds for a maximum of 12 months either as a 100% stipend or as a 50% stipend:

Stipends for female postdocs

As a rule, these are for graduate female researchers at the LMU whose doctoral degree was completed with at least a grade of magna cum laude. In addition, the doctoral studies can generally not have exceeded a period of four years. Basically this stipend focusses on advanced postdocs. The stipend amount is 2,200 Euro/month.

View detailed information concerning stipends for female postdocs.

Habilitation stipends

These are for graduate female researchers at the LMU seeking a habilitation at the LMU. The amount of the stipend is 2,600 Euro/month.

View detailed information concerning habilitation stipends.

Stipends for excellent graduate researchers

These are for graduate female researchers at the LMU who meet one of the following criteria:

  • habilitation paper received a positive assessment
  • previously habilitated
  • successfully evaluated while holding a junior professorship

The amount of the stipend is 3,000 Euro/month.

View detailed information concerning stipends for excellent graduate researchers.

Scope of grant

  • Once a 50% or 100% grant is chosen in your application, the decision is binding 
  • Switching from 100% to a 50% grant is only possible upon exceptional personal reasons (e.g. pregnancy)
In case please immediately contact the University´s Women´s Representative. Any alteration of the grant is subject to strict budget approval.

Disengagement from other ongoing stipends and secondary employment

BGF grants are intended to cover the recipient´s costs of living and may not be used to supplement other grants. Fellows must focus solely on the project that is being funded by the grant and must devote all their manpower to this research project.

  • Generally, a secondary employment is not possible. Exceptional cases must be approved by the University´s Women´s Representative; if applicable, the monthly installment has to be reduced

Supplemental allowance for children and maternity leave

In addition to the monthly stipend installments, there is also a supplemental allowance for children which is granted until the child’s 18th birthday:

  • 200 Euro for one child 
  • 100 Euro for each additional child
This supplemental allowance starts with the month of the child´s birth for children who are born in the time frame of the grant. 

Maternity leave

  • Continued payment of the scholarship for the periods of maternity leave overlapping with the regular time frame of the grant
  • Upon request, extension for the periods of maternity leave which overlap with the regular time frame of the grant; requests have to be submitted to the University´s Women´s Representative no later than three months before maternity leave starts

Parental leave

  • Applications during parental leave are only possible in case the parental leave ends before the stipend starts
  • Interruption of a 100% or 50% scholarship during the entire time of parental leave
  • Resumption of a 100% or 50% scholarship possible after termination of parental leave and subject to strict budgetary restrictions and duration of parental leave

Social security

Stipends are not subject to any social security requirement.

  • Stipends for the Bavarian Gender Equality Grant do not constitute a labor or service relationship; stipend installments don't require or constitute a labor or service compensation 
  • The payments are not compensation for work performed and are not subject to any social security requirements; the scholarship does not include any contributions to social insurance or health insurance
  • The stipend recipient is responsible for obtaining her own health insurance

Illness

  • Stipend installments continue to be paid in case of illness up to six weeks 
  • Illness beyond six weeks immediately have to be reported to the University’s Women’s Representative. A medical certificate has to be submitted
  • If work for the project being funded by the grant is not possible, the stipend payments for the time of the illness have to be suspended. Decisions shall be made on an individual case basis.

Taxes

To determine if the grant is exempted from taxes according to § 3 Nr. 44 EstG, an individual assessment has to be conducted upon demand of the grant recipient or her responsible tax authority only, and is carried out by the corporate tax authority of the stipend provider. For the LMU:

Finanzamt München
Abteilung Körperschaften
Katharina-von-Bora-Str. 4
80333 München

Submitting an application


Applications are submitted online. You will need to have the following documents available to upload as a pdf (maximum 5 MB per file). Please pay close attention to detailed information on the respective grant:

  • Complete (also explaining gaps in career paths may be helpful) and signed résumé/CV in table form 
  • List of publications, according to scientific practice
  • Project description, if this is a first application (maximum 6 pages not counting the bibliography, use Arial 11 or Times New Roman 12, line spacing 1.5)
  • An interim report, if this is a follow-on application
  • Employment agreement or written proof of institutional affiliation or close connection with the LMU from the time of application submission to the end of the grant period
  • Previous university degree certificates/transcripts (stipend for postdocs) and doctoral certificate (stipend for postdocs and habilitation stipend), written proof of beeing accepted (habilitation stipend) or written proof of habilitation (stipend for excellent graduater researchers) 
  • Birth certificates of the children, if applicable

Final report

  • Upon receipt of the funding, the scholarship holder is obligating herself to submit a comprehensive final report no later than two months following the end of the funding.
  • The final report should contain a progress analysis supplying precise information on the state of the scholarship holder’s project and the actual performance made during the entire funding period pursuant to the task schedule and timetable in the application. The report must also convey the status of the research work and its results.
  • The final report should be 3-4 pages in length and must be signed. It can be submitted by regular mail or electronically.
  • In addition, the supervisor must submit a brief statement in the form of a substantive assessment of the accomplishments cited in the final report. Length: approximately one page. (For example, in the case of stipends for excellent junior scientific staff, these can be from project referees as well.)
  • Both reports should also discuss the funding itself (how it is or was useful for example) because positive feedback helps secure future funding. One may also express suggestions for improvement and constructive criticism in order to optimize the scholarship program.

Referee reports

Every applicant is required to have an internal (LMU) and external (non LMU) referee report, which can only be written by professors. The following information should be forwarded to the individuals generating the referee reports:

Deadline: Both referee reports must be sent either by mail or by e-mail to the University´s Women’s Representative by the referees no later than 03/19/2020. They cannot be uploaded through the application portal. The referees will be notified when their referee reports have been received.

You are urged to review your documents for completeness and accuracy according to the detailed information regarding your type of grant before sending in your application. Only complete applications that have been submitted on time will be considered. Please read all information carefully. For further questions, please contact Ms. Sandra Kolb (089/2180-3638) in the University’s Women’s Representative Office, except from 17.02.2020 up to 28.02.2020.

Information regarding online application

Application portal opens on 01/31/2020

Within one hour following your registration for online application, you will receive an email with an activation link. You cannot apply online until your account has been activated. During the application period, i.e. until 3/19/2020 at the latest, you can save an interim copy of your application, and using your registration information, you can access and edit it again at any time. The portal will be open until 03/19/2020 12:00 noon.

You are urged to review your documents for completeness and accuracy before sending in your application. 

You will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt as soon as you submit your application. You will receive a written notification regarding approval or rejection after the multi-step referee report process has been completed (most likely at the end of July). The decision about the grant will be made after taking into account the comments of the faculties and the referee reports, by the Vice Chairperson for the International Affairs and Diversity, and the University’s Women’s Representative.

Please use our online application form.


In the lower section of the page that contains the online application form, you can choose between English and German at any time:

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Stand: December 2019