Can I submit an application before completing a doctoral degree?

Submission is possible at an earlier date if the other application requirements are met, and if it appears that you will receive the official doctoral degree within the average processing time (approx. six months).

Does the chosen research institution have to be a university institute?

No, you can also apply for Hertha Firnberg Fellowships at non-university research institutions in Austria (e.g., the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)). However, you must have the opportunity to teach at a university. A stay abroad of up to 12 months is possible if you are seconded there by an Austrian research institution.

Can I take a leave of absence from a (contractual) university assistant position to apply for a Hertha Firnberg Fellowship, or can I apply for a Hertha Firnberg Fellowship in addition to working a half-position?

No, this is not possible. Hertha Firnberg Fellowships are awarded only to women who—at the beginning—do not have a position and who have not taken a leave of absence from one. Half-fellowships are generally not awarded.

Can I submit an application without a co-applicant?

No. The application must always be submitted with one (and no more than one) co-applicant at the Austrian research institution where the project will be carried out.

Does my co-applicant have to be the head of the institution or have a Habilitation (professorial qualification)?

No, the co-applicant does not have to be the head of the institution or have a Habilitation (professorial qualification). However, the co-applicant’s research qualifications are a part of the review. The co-applicant must be able to provide the fellow with assistance both in terms of research and mentoring.

Can I apply for a Hertha Firnberg Fellowship at an institution at which a fellowship has already been approved?

Yes, however, a person may only act as co-applicant for one Firnberg Fellowship at a time.

Does the application have to include a costs projection?

No, €12,000 per year are available for project-specific costs, of which up to €2,000 per year can be used for coaching and professional development.  Details on this can be found in the application guidelines for the Hertha Firnberg Programme.

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