For women only: Funding female scientists
The gender gap exists in research as well: According to a 2015 UNESCO report, only 28% of the world’s researchers are women. There are, of course, huge differences between countries. While in Bolivia, women account for 63% of all researchers, in China they only represent 34%, and even less in countries like Togo (10%) or Saudi Arabia (4%). The highest share of women researchers in Europe are to be found in Lithuania and Latvia (over 52%), while Germany, the Netherlands, France and Luxemburg are at the bottom with only about 25%.
The glass ceiling
While a growing number of women are enrolling in university, their numbers decline as they move up the education ladder. That is especially true for the Social Sciences and Humanities : A 2005 Princeton report revealed that the percentage of tenured women in the History department for example was of around 26%, while women represented over 50% of graduate students.
Women researchers also tend to work in academic and government sectors, while men dominate the private sector which offers better salaries and opportunities.
Fellowships for women only (or almost)
Several research funders have recognized this problem and decided to promote female researchers. Here goes our fund┋it digest:
The Japanese Association of University Women invites applications from female researchers for 5-6 month research stays in Japan.
Its U.S. sister organization, the American Association of University Women, runs a similar program for 12-month fellowships, open to women scientists of all disciplines.
The International Post-Doc Initiative (IPODI) at Technical University of Berlin hosts early and mid-career female researchers for two years.
University of Göttingen has set up the Dorothea Schlözer Postdoctoral Program for female Humanities, Social and Medical science scholars.
University of Münster is offering 1-6-month fellowships to female scientists of all disciplines through its WiRe program, in cooperation with Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG (call open, deadline 15 june 2018).
The French Ministry for Higher Education and Research has set up the Irène Joliot-Curie award, funded by Airbus Group. It awards up to € 40.000 to renowned women scientists of all nationalities ; candidates must, however, be French residents (call open, deadline 15 june 2018).
For humanities researchers, the Newberry Library in Chicago offers several fellowships, among them one especially for female researchers : the Monticello College Foundation 4-6 month fellowship for post-doctoral women at an early career stage.
The University of California President’s postdoctoral fellowship program awards 12-month fellowships to women and other underrepresented groups in research.
On the other side of the globe, the prestigious Australian Laureate fellowship program includes four fellowships reserved for women. The scheme hosts international researchers in Australian research institutions for up to five years.
The German Research Foundation’s Emmy Noether program allows early career researchers to set up their own research group at a German research institution, for periods of five to six years. Female researchers are especially encouraged to apply (no deadline, applications accepted on a rolling bases).
(As you certainly know, you can bookmark all calls and institutions on fund┋it and be notified by e-mail once the program opens again!)
And there’s more encouraging news: in Germany, for example, the number of female researchers has increased by 25 percent over the past five years. Keep going!