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Christiane Nüsslein Volhard Foundation supports female researchers with children

The Christiane Nüsslein Volhard Foundation for the promotion of science and research supports female researchers with children in the experimental natural sciences and medicine by granting financial support for additional childcare and domestic help.

In 2016, eligible are graduate students and postdoctoral fellows of all nationalities conducting research at a German university or research institute, as well as postdoctoral fellows who have obtained their doctoral degrees at a German university and continue their research abroad. The foundation is particularly interested in supporting candidates who will change their areas of research after finishing their doctoral studies.

Financial assistance will be granted for decreasing the amount of time spent on chores and for additional childcare: The grant can be used to, for example, hire help, buy a dishwasher or washing machine, and for additional childcare (during the evenings or while attending conferences). Living expenses must already be covered by a salary or a fellowship, and the child/children are already being taken care of by a daycare facility or other.

Upcoming application deadline: November 30th, 2016

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