Gender Equality

Data and Facts

Proportion of women at Kiel University

The following data show in which areas female researchers at Kiel University are underrepresented in 2015/2016 (situation as of March 2016, sources: SOS-Prüfungsstatistik S 13, Präsidium R13, Hochschulstatistische Grund- und Strukturdaten R 22).

  Men    Women Women %
Students    11.802      13.475 53,3
Graduates      1.613        2.136 57,0
Research Staff (before PhD1)         493            321 39,4
PhD Graduates         238            226 48,7
Research Staff (Post-Docs2)         132              89 40,3
Postdoctoral Lecture Qualification ("Habilitationen")           28              10 26,3
Assistant Professorships3 ("Juniorprofessuren", W1)            11              16 59,3
Professorships3 (C3/C4 and W2/W3)          342     74 17,6

1PhD working contract, 2Postdoc working contract,
3including research institutes affiliated to Kiel University and University Hospital S-H,  Kiel


The proportion of women of the entire research staff of Kiel University (excluding professorships) is about 41,0 % (670 of 1.634 employees). Moreover, the proportion of female research staff was significantly raised by Kiel University within the past few years ( 30% in 2002).
The proportion of women in permanent scientific positions beside professorships in only 31,0 % (62 of 200 employees).

In summary, the following strengths and weaknesses for entire Kiel University on the basis of the data at hand can be identified.


  • High proportion of female graduates
  • High proportion of female PhD graduates
  • Significant raise proportion of women within research staff during last years
  • High proportion of women in assistant professorship positions



  • Decline of female scientists between PhD graduation and postdoctoral lecture qualification
  • Underrepresentation of women in PhD and Post-Doc-positions
  • Strikingly low proportion of women in professorship positions



Proportion of women within the different faculties

To some extent the individual faculties are similar to the university average whereas some of the faculties give a totally different picture. The absolute numbers of female proportion in the diverse research levels at the eight faculties of Kiel University are shown in the following tables (text in German).


Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences

Arts and Humanities



Business, Economics and Social Sciences


Kiel University in total