Equal Opportunities Officer

As the Equal Opportunities Officer of the Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences Prof. Thorsten Thiel works towards the constitutionally guaranteed equal opportunity of women and men at our faculty. In addition, he is a member of the University of Erfurt's Equal Opportunities Advisory Board, which works towards the realization of this goal throughout the university.


The deputy is Dr. Hannah Vermaßen, Research Assistant at the Chair for Political Theory.

Equal Opportunities Advisory Board

The Equal Opportunities Advisory Council is composed of the Equal Opportunities Officer of the University of Erfurt and her deputy, the five equal opportunities officers of the faculties and the Max Weber College as well as two representatives from each groups of the university: lecturers, academic staff, academic support staff and students.

The chairperson is the equal opportunities representative of the university.

Alternates may participate in the committee in an advisory capacity.

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Funding opportunities and exchanges

Faculty Internal

Faculty Promotion of Women:

According to the resolution of the Faculty Council XXX/2019 of June 12, 2019, the faculty supports each female research assistant and accepted doctoral and post-doctoral student with 750,- EUR per year. The criteria are the same to the criteria of the Young Investigator Fund. Furthermore, the funds are transferable and can be saved, however, the funding is valid for a maximum of four years.
In addition, it is possible to apply for a one-time additional payment of up to 1,000 EUR for each research assistant and accepted doctoral and post-doctoral candidate for their scientific career-promoting measures such as coaching, methods course, conferences, etc. with a 25% personal contribution.
For this purpose, please submit an informal application via your supervisor and enclose proof of your own contribution. The relevant chair secretariat will then forward your application to the dean's office for a decision.


The Rowena Morse Mentoring Program (RMMP) of the Thuringian universities is a support program for young female scientists and artists at the universities in the Free State of Thuringia. The program is named after Rowena Morse, who was the first woman to successfully complete her doctorate in Thuringia in 1904. The mentoring program accompanies female doctoral students in the final phase of their doctorate and female postdocs in the orientation phase on their individual career path. In addition to finding a mentor, specific workshops are offered for further qualification. In the context of peer mentoring, the mentees network with (young) female scientists from other Thuringian universities and are accompanied in group mentoring sessions by experienced professors from Thuringian universities. The program runs for a total of 12 months and begins at the end of October/beginning of November 2019.

The program is financed by the  Thuringian Competence Network for Equality.The basic concept was developed at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena and further developed in the Mentoring Working Group of the Thuringian Competence Network for Equality as a joint concept of the Thuringian universities.


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Gender Network

Since May 2019, a gender network exists at the University of Erfurt.

The aim is to create an interdisciplinary network of colleagues with an interest in gender, queer and diversity studies and to bring together cooperation partners for teaching and research projects in these fields.

In addition to regular meetings, the exchange takes place via a SharePoint platform.

If you are interested in the Gender Network, write to: gleichstellungsbuero@uni-erfurt.de

Travel allowances

The Thuringian Competence Network for Equality is a joint scientific institution of the Thuringian universities with the aim to support the universities in the implementation of their equality policy goals and measures.

Whether it's a symposium, conference or summer school - as a student or doctoral candidate at a Thuringian university, you can apply for travel grants. Curious? Then take a look at  




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