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One semester research sabbatical for female professors and academics in junior faculty positions


Support measure intended as compensation for disproportionately high committee workload at the Vienna University of Technology

Target groups

Professors / scientific staff / artistic-scientific staff /

Implementing organization

Vienna University of Technology - Gender Competence Department /


Bettina Enzenhofer; bettina.enzenhofer@tuwien.ac.at


Has been in existence at the Vienna University of Technology since 2016

Relation to gender equality targets

UG 2002, Section 20a Gender-Balanced Composition of Collegial Bodies


The objective(s) of the tool

The amendment of the Universities Act (UG) 2002 mandates a gender-balanced composition of collegial bodies and  introduced a female quota of 50%, aiming at achieving a balanced distribution of men and women in all bodies of the university.

Based on the fact that fewer women than men are represented in the population of university professors as well as university lecturers and academics, this statutory obligation leads to disproportionately high loads of committee work for female professors, lecturers and academics engaged in research and teaching (hereafter “female junior faculty academics”), resulting in a lack of time for research work.

By granting a research sabbatical as compensation for disproportionately high committee workloads, the Rectorate of TU Wien seeks to support female university professors and female junior faculty academics.


Description of the tool

All female professors and female junior faculty academics in active service at TU Wien can be granted the research sabbatical; entitlement is calculated in accordance with a point table. Once at least 30 points have been accumulated entitlement to a sabbatical exists. Committee work as representative of the scientific and artistic staff is rewarded with one point each for the following duties: Senate member; Senate Vice Chair (Curia Speaker +1); Faculty Board member (Faculty Board chair +1); member of the Committee on Equal Treatment (AKG) on Faculty Boards; member of Curriculum Committees (Curriculum Committee chair +1); Habilitation Committee (Habilitation Committee chair +1); AKG member in the Habilitation Committee; member of the Arbitration Commission; committee work at other universities. Committee work in an appointment committee is rewarded with two points and AKG members working in appointment committees receive three points.



Further Information (pages 10-12, in German only)