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CEWS advises universities and research institutions on content-related questions regarding their application for the TOTAL E-QUALITY (TEQ) award. For organizational and formal questions regarding the application process, please contact Manuela Butkus:

On here, we have compiled some important information from the TEQ website. Detailed information can be found at


Here you will find the application forms (in German) for initial applications and repeat applications, as of November 2019.

The deadline to submit your application for the 2022 will be published soon.

Dates & Events

The winners in 2021 will receive their awards on 26 October.

Further information (in German) can be found at

“Add-on Diversity”

Since 2016, it has been possible to complete a diversity “add-on” in the application form. Further information (in German) on the procedure and participation in the pilot process can be found on the pages of TOTAL E-QUALITY.

Current Award Winners

The TOTAL E-QUALITY label is awarded to universities and research institutions that strive to implement equal opportunities in their institutions through personnel and institutional policy measures and achieve success in doing so.

Here you will find a list of the 2021 award winners (in German).


The application is based on the so-called self-assessment tool, which offers suggestions and support for the implementation of activities to improve equal opportunities.

The self-assessment tool is divided into eight fields of action in which the efforts to achieve equal opportunities can be expressed:

  1. Institutionalized gender equality policy
  2. Planning and control elements in organizational development
  3. Recruitment and filling of posts
  4. Choice of studies, career and personnel development
  5. Reconciliation of studies resp. work and family responsibilities
  6. Organizational culture
  7. Research, teaching and studies
  8. Sexualized discrimination, harassment and violence

In addition to the application, the processing of the fields of action thus also serves as a self-assessment, on the basis of which a comparison with other scientific institutions can be made in the future in the sense of benchmarking.

Further information (in German) can be found at

Goals & Framework Conditions

TOTAL E-QUALITY Deutschland e.V. has set itself the goal of achieving equal opportunities in business, science and politics, anchoring them sustainably and thus bringing about a paradigm shift in personnel policy.

The basis for the TOTAL E-QUALITY award is the processing of a self-assessment tool. It also contains suggestions on how universities and research institutions can further develop their equal opportunities policy and improve its quality.

Against the background of ongoing reform processes at scientific institutions, the TOTAL E-QUALITY rating is intended to help promote the inclusion of proven and innovative gender equality measures and parameters in the reorganization or to integrate them directly. The self-assessment tool also enables the university or research institution to make the status of gender equality in its own institution visible.

A list of examples of good practices can give new impetus to the implementation of equal opportunities. This will also support the work of women's and gender equality officers.

The aim is to change structures and framework conditions in such a way that equal participation of women in all qualification levels is achieved and significantly more management positions are filled by women.

The award underlines the importance attached to equal opportunities within a scientific institution and can therefore be used as a marketing tool. The application for the award is based on using a self-assessment tool developed with the association TOTAL E-QUALITY Deutschland e.V., the Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund sfs – a center of applied social research with a thematic focus on labour and (social) innovation – and experts from science and research.

The pilot project was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The applications are examined by an independent jury of the TOTAL E-QUALITY Deutschland e.V. association. The jury consists of competent representatives from science and research.

The award is granted for three years and consists of a certificate and the rights to use the TOTAL E-QUALITY logo for marketing and public relations.

The Association

The association TOTAL E-QUALITY Deutschland e.V. was founded in Frankfurt in 1996.

TOTAL E-QUALITY was initially developed by representatives of well-known German companies in cooperation with experts from politics, trade unions and science and research for business. Since 2001 the association TOTAL E-QUALITY e.V. has awarded the title to universities and research institutions.


If you have any questions about the TOTAL E-QUALITY association, please contact the office.