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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 website of the association TOTAL E-QUALITY. Detailed information can be found at

Your contact at CEWS

Dr. Nina Steinweg


phone: +49 (0)221 47694-264

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 2023 award winners (in German).

Application Form

The TOTAL E-QUALITY award is given on an annual basis. When applying via the portal, a registration is required. After registering, you can view the application documents and access detailed instructions, guidance and details for your contacts.

The deadline for submitting your application documents for the current round is April 30, 2024.

TEQ again offers information and consulting sessions in this round in the fall or individually on request even before.

Award Ceremony

The award ceremony will place in Dortmund on October 19, 2023 from 10 am till 3 pm.
More information (in German)

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 TEQ award has undergone a technical and content-related development in 2021. The add-on "diversity" was integrated into the application. This allows the award to address equal opportunities in an intersectional and inclusive manner in all dimensions of diversity. An application portal was created to better manage the application. More information on the redesign can be found in the following video (in German):