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karriere_links (career_connections)


Career development for female tenure-track (habilitation) candidates and doctoral students.

Target groups

Habilitands/Post-Doc / PhD students/pre-docs /

Implementing organization

JKU Linz - Department for Human Resource Development, Gender and Diversity Management / University of Salzburg - gendup - Center for Gender Studies and the Advancement of Women /


Ingrid Schmutzhart; gendup@sbg.ac.at

Sandra Nuspl; gd@jku.at


2003 – 2017

Relation to gender equality targets

Plan for the Advancement of Women at the Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU) laid out in Section 4 of the Precept of Promoting Women, Johannes Kepler University Linz Development Plan for 2012-2016, I.7.1., PA 2010 to 2012 JKU, 2nd planned initiative in the field of the promotion of women, PA 2013 to 2015 2nd planned initiative relating to social objectives; also in the Plan for the Advancement of Women 2016 Section 55.3, Part IV of the current statutes of the University of Salzburg

The objective(s) of the tool

Promotion of gender democracy at both universities, support for female scholars in their efforts to achieve a continuous career in academia

Description of the tool

Launched under the premise of gender-mainstreaming, karriere_links is a successful initiative for career planning and the promotion of junior talent at universities established in 2003. Jointly developed by the Department for Gender & Diversity Management at Johannes Kepler University Linz and the gendup – Centre for Gender Studies and Gender Equality at the University of Salzburg, the concept aims at promoting gender democracy at both universities, successfully promoting female junior academics as well as supporting career planning of doctoral students and tenure track candidates. Doctoral students are offered the karriere_links study program “Strategies for Success and Career Perspectives for Female Doctoral Students” structured into modules, with a duration of approx. 8 months. Tenure track candidates have the opportunity to participate in a four-day residential. Receiving professional support in their career planning through workshops, coaching sessions, discussions with established scholars and participation in network events, the female scholars are enabled to work and reflect on the development of their own skills and potentials while also having the opportunity to form networks with colleagues from other universities.

How the tool works, practical experience

Feedback from participants of these programs was consistently positive. The cooperation between the universities of Linz and Salzburg, which has worked very well for many years, was particularly fruitful.


Further information upon request