Standards, Guidelines and Quality Assurance for Gender Equality in Academia

Silencium and Individual Childcare

Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf


Working conditions, Childcare

Graduates / doctoral researchers, Postdoctoral researchers, (Junior) professors, , Committees, Research staff


By funding individual childcare, the Faculty of Medicine at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf enables researchers with children to participate in advanced and further training, engage in committee activities and complete academic work. Parents receive assistance to find suitable childcare in partnership with the university's Families Office. The costs of childcare outside the regular opening hours of kindergartens, daycare centres, etc. are reimbursed on presentation of a receipt (max. €10/hr; max. 8 hrs per event; children up to 12 years). For children under 3, costs during regular childcare hours are also reimbursed if no daycare place or similar is available. Childcare costs for children with disabilities are paid proportionately until the end of the child's statutory education. Support for childcare is available for staff who are involved in additional or committee work in the Faculty of Medicine, including professorial appointment processes for applicants and committee members, events held by the Medical Research School, events relating to the Selma Meyer Mentoring Programme and further training events for physicians during their medical training. There is a ""Silencium"" to allow parents to complete academic work (doctorate, habilitation, publication, third-party funding applications). During a Silencium, childcare costs are covered for individual days against presentation of a receipt (max. €10/hr, max. 5 days of 8 hours each). An editable pdf file can be downloaded and filled in for easy settlement.

North Rhine-Westphalia

Faculty of Medicine

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