Equal Opportunities Programs

The Center's partner institutions - the Universities of Stuttgart and Ulm and the Max Planck Institute - are deeply committed to offering family-friendly policies and providing optimal support for researchers with diverse backgrounds.

Family Support Grant | Balancing academic career and family life

The family support grants of IQST are intended for the whole IQST community, including PhD students, early career scientists and fellows, to facilitate the reconciliation of academic careers and family life by covering the cost of a reduced part-time employment beyond the conventional parental support schemes and/or covering childcare costs. The terms of this unique grant are summarized below:

  • Researchers of IQST community with children aged 0 - 6 years
  • Maximum grant 20% of the salary as a monthly allowance to cover
    - Reducing working time and/or hiring assistant
    - Childcare costs
  • Funding duration up to 24 months
  • Additionally covers travel costs for accompanying children of scientists on their work travels

Network of Female Scientists of IQST Community

Since 2018 the network of female scientists of IQST and the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, the Athena Group, has been supporting female scientists across different career stages. The Athena Group consists of 3 main pillars, namely mentoring, networking and lecture series and benefits from a bottom-up approach, i.e. from the involvement and commitment of all the members (female and male) who are interested in supporting female scientists.

Mentoring programs for female scientists

The institutions participating in the Center for IQST offer excellent mentoring programs for young female scientists.

In addition, IQST actively takes part in the annual Girl’s Day events at all its three locations to showcase possible careers in science and technology for school girls.