120% Care Grant

Support for early career researchers with caring responsibilities to reduce their employment level.

Requirements Care responsibilities that necessitate a reduction in employment.
Eligibility Postdocs, assistant lecturers with TT, lecturers in a limited qualification phase and assistant professors with and without TT.
Funding amount
Funding of a support person with matching funds from the Institute (by reducing the employment rate) and doubling by the Care Grant (max. 20%).
Employment of a support person to do work necessary for the applicant's scientific career. 

1 March / 1 June / 2 September / 1 December

There are four deadlines each year.

On 1 August 2019, the new Postdoc regulations came into effect. The Postdoctoral researchers job category is a new category for people who are pursuing an academic career. The postdoctoral researchers will replace the former categories "Oberassistenzen" and assistantships with a doctorate (see Postdoc Regulations).

On 18 February 2020, the University Executive Board approved the regulations on the 120% Care Grant for postdocs and decided since then to extend it step by step to other categories of persons: Assistant lecturers with tenure track, lecturers in a limited qualification phase or in the first five years of a permanent contract and assistant professors with and without tenure track

  • The Care Grant allows junior researchers with care responsibilities who are employed 80%-100% (see section 7 of the 120% Care Grant Regulations) to temporarily reduce their employment level to at least 60%.
  • In order to take over tasks that cannot be performed due to the reduction in the level of employment, a support person is employed whose employment usually overlaps with that of the applicant by a maximum of 20% (thus a total level of employment of 120% usually applies).
  • The institute makes the points freed up through the reduction available for employing the support person, and the University Executive Board finances the overlapping hours (max. 20%).
  • The support person performs duties which in the respective academic context are directly required for the applicants’ academic careers. The activities for which a support person is employed must be specified in the postdoctoral agreement for postdocs and assistants employed before 1 August 2019 (for more information about the Postdoc-Agreement, see uniintern > Dienstleistungen > Personal > Index A-Z > Postdoktorat) or in a separate letter of confirmation for assistant lecturers, lecturers and assistant professors.