About: WiRe - Women in Research
WiRe is a fellowship programme for international female postdoctoral researchers at the University of Münster (WWU) in Germany. Hosted by the WWU’s Welcome Centre, the WiRe programme was founded to help address the unique challenges of women in research, with a special focus on female Postdocs who currently find themselves in their ‘Rush Hour of Life’.
The WiRe programme offers short-term fellowships as well as comprehensive support for its fellows, among other things through workshops, collegial counselling and coaching. Our fellowships have a duration of 4-8 months. Longer periods of up to a year are possible in the framework of the matching option: If your host department at the WWU funds at least two additional fellowship months, WiRe funds one additional month.
During the WiRe period, fellows conduct their research in cooperation with a professor at the WWU and can explore research and development possibilities as well as the wide range of support structures available for top female scientists in Münster. Our fellowships are intended to give the opportunity to explore further career prospects and initiate and foster further cooperation with the WWU.
In 2020, WiRe Research@home Fellowships were created as our answer to the continued challenging circumstances faced by the international scientific community. As time has shown that our Research@home Fellowships allow an easier combination of family obligations and career aspirations, we will continue to offer this remote option, although we highly encourage fellows to carry out their research on site in Münster. However, the Research@home Fellowships allow for the chance to pursue a research project at the University of Münster from your home base.
In addition to support and funding, WiRe fellows should expect to participate in digital science / research communication collaborations with the WiRe team, as increasing research accessibility and inspiring other female scientists by way of new and creative channels is one of the main focuses of the programme.