Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard-Stiftung

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard-Stiftung

The Foundation for the promotion of science and research, initiated in 2004, supports talented young women with children

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard-Stiftung: It aims to enable mothers to create the freedom and mobility required to further their scientific careers. The Foundation wishes to help prevent science from loosing excellent talent. It is aimed specifically at graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the fields of experimental natural sciences and medicine.

Women are, measured by their scientific potential, underrepresented in leading scientific or research positions. Our foundation targets specifically the problem that makes life so difficult for many female scientists, namely balancing family obligations with the duties of an independent researcher. A monthly financial grant to pay for assistance in household chores and for additional childcare is aimed to relieve these young female scientists from household tasks. The time thus freed allows them to continue working at a high standard, despite the double burden. We hope to contribute towards increasing the proportion of highly qualified women participating in high-level research in Germany.



Activity Finance, Service


Heike Heth

Year of foundation


Supervisory board

Prof. Dr. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Prof. Dr. Maria Leptin, Dr. Brigitte Mühlenbruch, Dr. Gerlind Wallon