December 18, 2015

Austria: Hertha Firnberg Program for Highly Qualified Female Scientists In Any Discipline

Hertha Firnberg Programme

Course(s) Offered: Science, Medicine
Course Level: Postgraduate (postdoct)
Provider: FWF
Country to Study in: Austria

Scholarship Description
The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is offering extremely well qualified female scientists who are working towards a career in universities the chance of a two-stage funding for a total of six years.

The career development programme for female scientists is divided into the Hertha Firnberg Programme for post-docs, which aims to support women at the start of their scientific careers, and the Elise Richter Programme for senior post-docs,and the Elise Richter Program for arts-based research, Elise Richter PEEK, which aim at providing the necessary qualifications to apply for professorial positions within Austria or abroad.

The goal of the Hertha Firnberg Program is: i). Improvement of the career prospects for women in Austrian research facilities, and ii). very generous support during the postdoc phase for women at the start of their scientific careers or on its resumption following maternity leave.

Highly qualified female scientists of any scientific discipline, who have completed their university studies.

  • applicant must have completed doctoral studies. An earlier submission is possible, if it is foreseeable that the graduation will officially be completed within the application processing time (six months), and provided that all other requirements are met.
    (Courses of study abroad which are equivalent to the level of a doctorate at an Austrian university will be accepted irrespective of their designation.)
  • applicant must have international scientific publications
Scientists who have already completed their “Habilitation” (professorial examinations) are not eligible to apply.

Researchers who have been awarded an Elise Richter position are no longer eligible to apply for a Hertha Firnberg position.

Please see official website for complete requirements.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY country

Participating Institutions
Universities and other research institutions in Austria

Fields of study
Postdoctoral studies in ANY discipline

Number of awards
Not specified, but up to six fellowships were awarded per call in 2014

Sponsorship duration
The length of sponsorship is 36 months (up to 12 months therefrom can be spent at research facilities abroad)

Scholarship benefits
The value is 63.510 € personnel costs per year plus 12,000 € p.a. for material, travel, assistance etc.

Method of Application
The applicant is the female scientist submitting a research proposal for review. The co-applicant is her supervisor at the research institution. Applications are made during the application call period (see below), and have to be in English.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) to download important documents (Application guidelines, Instructions on forms, Application forms, etc) for complete information on how to apply for this fellowship, and also to access the Electronic application portal.

If the available level of funds is sufficient there will be 2 calls for applications per year (spring and autumn) with a 6 to 8-week deadline for applications in each case. Next call is October 19 - December 18, 2015 (date of the postmark)

Allocation of the Hertha Firnberg Programme awards is by the FWF Board based on an international review process. Allocations are made in the June Board meeting (for fall call), and in the December Board meeting (for spring call).

The Austrian Science Fund (or Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung abbreviated FWF) is Austria's most important and central funding organization for basic research.

The FWF supports research in science, engineering, and the humanities through a large variety of grant programmes, prizes and by funding infrastructure. The self-governed organization is based in Vienna and financed by the Austrian federal government.

Application Deadline: 18 December 2015
Open to International Applicants: Yes

Further Scholarship Information and Application

Related: Scholarships in Austria for International Students

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