Equal Opportunities

SCIoI is strongly committed to providing equal opportunities for researchers at all career stages, irrespective of their gender. We aim to maintain an equal percentage of female and male students both in the Master’s track and the doctoral program. To achieve this, we recognize the particular necessity to support the careers of female researchers. Our equal opportunity measures include: networking and mentoring possibilities for female students and researchers, a family-friendly working environment and special training for our principal investigators.

Mentoring and Training

We provide mentoring to underrepresented groups at all levels of their academic career. More advanced doctoral students and postdocs serve as peer mentors, and PIs mentor advanced post-docs. This measure especially benefits from the high ratio of female post-docs and PIs in SCIoI. We also offer courses in career planning and soft-skills specifically targeting women. Furthermore, our principal investigators in SCIoI receive special training to create a gender-sensitive and diversity-encouraging working environment.

Networking

SCIoI hosts an annual, one-day networking event for female members. This serves professional networking among SCIoI women on all academic levels. The program for the day includes talks with female academic role models and career planning workshops.

Travel awards

We award travel grants specifically to female applicants for doctoral positions and we reserve additional travel funds for female researchers to attend conferences so as to build a professional network early in their careers.

Childcare

SCIoI offers childcare outside of regular working hours, complementing the nursery schools and kindergartens at TU and HU Berlin. To facilitate professional travel for researchers (irrespective of their gender) with young children, SCIoI subsidizes the travel of the children, and fund professional childcare at the destination or subsidize travel for the other childcare-providing parent or partner. By default, all positions for doctoral students and postdocs within SCIoI are full-time. To accommodate a balance between family and career, part-time positions are granted upon the request of the researcher.

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