Family Support

Project Summary

The third pillar of our equality work focusses on increasing the compatibility of work and family. This includes the organization of childcare during events and business trips as well as the coordination of daycare places and childcare. Thus, the CRC participates in the job pooling of the University of Cologne. In order to ensure childcare during fieldwork or business trips, travel costs for children and a necessary accompanying person can be subsidized. Furthermore, we funded two kidsboxes for the CRC, which are mobile parent-child rooms for the workplace. Find more information click here.

Moreover, the DFG has decided on additional support in case of family burden due to corona measures. More information available here.

Gender equality funds can now be used for relief from routine duties and project-based teaching. Scientific employees with family obligations and short-term coronavirus-related family burdens (e.g. cancelled and shortened childcare) can be funded to an appropriate extent:


- Student assistants for project-specific routine activities (transcribing, literature research, laboratory activity,…)
- Substitute staff for project-related teaching.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you want to apply for the coronavirus-related measures, if you need childcare or have any questions concerning our family support policies.

Additional Support

Dual Career & Family Support (University of Cologne)

The CFS is the central point at the University of Cologne for information, counseling and services concerning the compatibility of family and career. The services include personal advice, child- and eldercare support and care funds as well as the education program “Fokus Vereinbarkeit”. Click here for more Information

Kopf Frei – Postdoc-Programme for Female Scientists with Family Obligations (University of Cologne)

The Kopf Frei Programme is meant to support female postdoctoral researchers and junior professors with family obligations by relieving them of routine teaching tasks. The application deadline for the summer semester 2022 will end on November 15th 2021. Click here for more Information.

Familienbüro (University of Bonn)

The Office of Family Services is a central body at the University of Bonn concerning the improvement of the compatibility of family and career. Together with the Gender Equality Office, it offers several services, such as counselling on different topics, the coordination of childcare or financial support. Click here for more information.

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