The funding program is aimed at highly qualified women researchers* in all disciplines who aspire to an academic career (for Arts-Based Research, please see Elise Richter PEEK).
* Individuals with a registered civil status of diverse, intersex, or open are also eligible to apply.
The Elise Richter program supports the professional development of outstandingly qualified women researchers interested in pursuing an academic career. After completion of the program, funding recipients should have reached a level of qualification allowing them to apply for a senior faculty-level position in Austria or abroad (venia docendi, habilitation, or the equivalent).
Funding period and funding amount
- 12 to 48 months
- Principal investigator’s salary (extent of employment: at least 50%; current senior postdoc rate)
- Project-specific costs of up to €30,000 per year
- The applicant must have the academic qualifications needed to lead the proposed research project
- Completed doctoral degree and at least two years of relevant postdoctoral experience in Austria or abroad
- Preliminary work for the planned research project/thesis project
- For further details, please see the application guidelines.
- Decision by the Scientific Board on the basis of an international review process, generally at the Board’s June or November/December meeting
- Co-financing option with the Matching Funds initiative
Rolling submissions using the online application portal elane
Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and, if applicable, other funding agencies
The principal investigators of all Elise Richter projects approved in the previous year are introduced and honored at an annual networking event.
Staff members of the specialist department Strategy - Career development
Can I apply for a START project at the same time?
Yes, applicants can submit a parallel application for START. This is the only situation where it is also possible to submit substantively identical proposals, as long as they comply with the respective application guidelines.
I have already held a Hertha Firnberg position; can I apply for an Elise Richter position afterwards?
Yes, but only for a maximum of three years (= six years of total funding from both the Firnberg and Richter programs).
Does the chosen research institution have to be at a university or does the research institution have to be in Austria?
Elise Richter positions can also be applied for at non-academic research institutions in Austria.
Can I take a leave of absence from a (contractual) university assistant position to apply for an Elise Richter position, or can I apply for an Elise Richter position in addition to working in a 50% part-time position?
In principle, both options are possible; if you apply for a part-time employment contract, the funding for your own personnel costs will be reduced to reflect the extent of employment.