[CALL] Elise Richter


Submissions: Rolling

Career stage: R2, R3

Summary: Helping women researchers qualify for top academic positions

A competitive program for excellent women researchers from the entire spectrum of Austrian basic research: The Elise Richter program is aimed at women in the senior postdoc phase of their careers and helps them gain the qualifications needed for top academic positions at national and international research institutions.

Target group

The funding program is aimed at highly qualified women researchers* in all disciplines who aspire to an academic career (for Arts-Based Research, please see Elise Richter PEEK).

* Individuals with a registered civil status of diverse, intersex, or open are also eligible to apply.

Funding goals

The Elise Richter program supports the professional development of outstandingly qualified women researchers interested in pursuing an academic career. After completion of the program, funding recipients should have reached a level of qualification allowing them to apply for a senior faculty-level position in Austria or abroad (venia docendi, habilitation, or the equivalent).

Funding period and funding amount

  • 12 to 48 months
  • Principal investigator’s salary (extent of employment: at least 50%; current senior postdoc rate)
  • Project-specific costs of up to €30,000 per year


  • The applicant must have the academic qualifications needed to lead the proposed research project
  • Completed doctoral degree and at least two years of relevant postdoctoral experience in Austria or abroad
  • Preliminary work for the planned research project/thesis project
  • For further details, please see the application guidelines.


  • Decision by the Scientific Board on the basis of an international review process, generally at the Board’s March, June or November/December meeting
  • Co-financing option with the Matching Funds initiative

Application information

Rolling submissions using the online application portal elane

Funding institution

Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and, if applicable, other funding agencies

Further information

The principal investigators of all Elise Richter projects approved in the previous year are introduced and honored at an annual networking event.