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Gender Equality

Almost 40 percent of our students within the M.Sc. in Economics program are female. Within the doctoral program, the share is 30 percent. This number corresponds with the international situation: In the United States as well as in Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and even Sweden only about 1/4 to 1/3 of doctoral degrees in economics are awarded to women (source: Jonung, Christina and Ann-Charlotte Stahlberg: "Reaching the Top? On Gender Balance in the Economics Profession", Econ Journal Watch, Vol. 5 Number 2, May 2008, pp 174-192).


Nino Mosiashvili, Georgia, BGSE doctoral students

To close the gender gap in the future, the BGSE strongly encourages qualified female students to send their application material. 

In general, we believe that the structured format of our programs makes it much easier to create an environment in which traditional gender barriers become less important. Students take classes together and there are plenty of opportunities to work together with other students in small groups. Young women find an appealing environment in which it is easy to meet and work with other women.

Some years ago, female doctoral students and postdocs of the BGSE founded a women's group where women can identify and discuss various topics of common interest in an informal environment and on a regular base. If you wish to get in touch with the group, please contact Dr. Silke Kinzig.

Numerous gender studies underline the importance of role models. The BGSE is proud of their female alumni. Many women who have studied at the BGSE are nowadays postdocs, assistant professors and full professors at renowned universities.

Doctoral students, regardless of their gender, have the chance to participate in soft skill seminars, e.g. seminars on academic presentations skills.

Support of young parents at the BGSE:

(I)    Child allowance

The BGSE pays a child allowance of EUR 400 per month for the first child. Payments stipulated by the Bundeselterngeld- und Elternzeitgesetz (BEEG) are taken into account, and thus reduce this allowance. DFG basic regulations on child allowance apply accordingly if the regulations for the spending of public university funds allows for it.

(II)    Extended funding period
BGSE scholarship holders with own children of up to 12 years of age living in their household can ask for a grant prolongation of twelve months (extending the maximum funding period to a total of six years). The student, the BGSE and a (potential) supervisor agree on an adapted time schedule for achieving the good standing requirements (both for the course and dissertation phase). DFG basic regulations on grant prolongation for students with children apply accordingly if the public university budget allows for it. Note: The so called DFG money instead of time-regulation (conversion of fellowship amounts to childcare costs) cannot be implemented under the regulations for the spending of public university funds. 

The equal opportunity office of Bonn University has numerous offers for female students in general and for students with children as well as for female Ph.d. students in specific. For example, female Ph.d. students have the possibility to participate in coaching and mentoring programs, parents find help in arranging child care, female postdocs can apply for funds to realize research visits abroad. For details, visit the website of the equal opportunity office. 

If you have any questions related to gender equality at the BGSE, feel free to contact the gender equality officers of the department of economics: [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]


External links:

  • WHATS UB is a digital career network for (young) female scientists of the University of Bonn. The initiator and head of the project is Professor Dr. Diana Imhof (Dept. of Pharmaceutical Biochemistry and Bioanalytics, Pharmacy). The project is realized with the support of the central equal opportunities office.
  • You may be interested in the website of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP). CSWEP is a subcommittee of the American Economics Association charged with addressing the status of women in the economics profession.
  • The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundations - DFG) provides background information, facts and figures on gender equality in research promotion by the DFG (DFG equal opportunities).
  • efas is a German network of female economists founded in 2000 (website in German only).
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