Studying and Research with families in times of Covid-19
On this page you can find information about workplace modalities, day-care facilities and study regulations.
4. Studying with family
- Advice and information
- Advice and information: Equal Opportunities Office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Students who are single parents are eligible for emergency child care if they are employed at a workplace that requires their presence and at which they are indispensable.
Members of the University of Heidelberg with children or relatives to be cared for, who are preparing or holding lectures for the summer semester 2020 and at the same time have to carry out care tasks, can receive financial support directly.
To support them, the financing of a student assistant (up to 35 hours per semester) or a research assistant (up to 20 hours per semester) can be applied for.
In the informal application, the family situation must be described and the necessary support by a student assistant must be justified. Support by student assistants is only possible for preparation and implementation of teaching.
Applications can be submitted at any time to:
Emergency child care is set up for children whose parents or whose single parent both work(s) outside the home in a position that requires their presence and are prevented from fulfilling their care responsibilities because of this work, or are deemed indispensable by their employer and can provide a written confirmation to that effect. Emergency child care will be provided in the facility that the child has been attending and by the facility’s personnel in groups as small as possible. Information as well as a form to confirm indispensability at the workplace can be found on the website of the University Administration / Division 5.
3. Child care at the KidsClub
Starting Monday, 27.4.2020, the University’s KidsClub will provide emergency child care until regular operations resume. The child care is conditional on the ordinances of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Parents eligible for emergency child care can contact the Children’s Centre of Heidelberg University ( email@example.com).
To be admitted to emergency child care, the following documents are necessary:
1. The completed admission form for emergency child care.
2. Written confirmation from the employer on indespensabilty at the workplace.
3. Written confirmation from both parents that childcare cannot be arranged otherwise.
Please note: As the Children’s Centre has an obligation to report to the Children and Youth Office, the documents have to be on hand at the Children’s Centre (Administration) before child care commences.
To support students with children during the Corona pandemic, the "Study Parents Fund" was established at the University of Heidelberg. Students with children at the University of Heidelberg who are not able to use childcare due to the Corona Pandemic and need short-term and spontaneous financial support to organise or finance childcare themselves are eligible for support from the "Study Parents Fund".
For further information please contact the Equal Opportunities Office of the University of Heidelberg.
NEW! Bridging aid: Grants for (international) students and enrolled doctoral students in financial hardship
The bridging aid provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research is aimed at students and enrolled docotoral students who can prove that they are in an financial hardship caused by the pandemic and who need immediate help. It will support these students with up to €500 each in June, July and August 2020 for as long as the pandemic emergency situation persists. The bridging aid must be applied for again in each of the three months.
Applications can be submitted here from Tuesday, 16.06.2020, 12:00 noon.
The applications are decided by the respective Studierendenwerk. You can find further information here.
BMBF hotline for bridging assistance:
Phone: 0800 26 23 003
(as of 24.04.2020)
Info package B: Regulations concerning fixed-term employment and scholarship contracts, regulations concerning deadlines for research proposals and project
In this section, the focus is on regulations concerning employment contracts and deadlines of funding bodies for research and project proposals.
Temporary adjustment to limitations of fixed-term employment contracts in accordance with the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz
Federal Ministry of Education and Research federal funding:
Interim regulations concerning the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz
- German Research Foundation: Extension of contracts in Research Training Groups
- Robert Bosch Stiftung: Extension of funding periods
- Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung: FAQ with information on research scholarships
- German Academic Exchange Service project funding: Information for all funding recipients
- Extended deadlines, additional financial support
- Ensuring the continuation of projects
- Regulations for scholarship holders in DFG programmes
- German Federal Environmental Foundation
- EU Research Funding “Horizon 2020”
- European Social Fund
- Volkswagen Foundation
- German Academic Exchange Service project funding
-Robert Bosch Stiftung
(as of 04.06.2020)
Info package C: Federal regulations and regulations of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg regarding families and financial questions
Here are cited the federal regulations and regulations of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg concerning family matters. Furthermore you can find information on financial questions.
3. Child supplement from the Federal Employment Agency
Additional financial support for working parents who receive pay but
cannot cover the entire needs of the family. The child supplement
amounts to 185 € monthly per child and is designed to meet the child’s
needs in combination with the child allowance.
4. Adjustments to child allowance
Suspension of parental allowance months possible for parents in jobs
of systemic importance
- Partnership bonus possible even when currently working more or less
as planned due to the Corona pandemic
- Reduced hours compensation and Unemployment Pay I do not
reduce the parental allowance and will not count towards later
calculation of parental allowance for another child
(as of 24.04.2020)
Despite the provisions in place, some situations require assistance beyond the general offers of support. This section lists some addresses providing such assistance.
We are of course still there for you during the Corona pandemic! In case of problems with mobbing, stalking, sexual harassment, or consulting requests on these topics, you can still reach us via e-mail during office hours. We can then arrange a personal, telephone or video appointment. Obviously, the consultations will take place in compliance with the necessary distance and hygiene regulations. And data security is guaranteed with the university's video conferencing program. Certainly, we will continue to treat everything concerning these topics as confidential.
Inquiries, Counselling Sessions, Scheduling Appointments and Information
Prof. Dr. Peter Kirsch
Zentralinstitut für seelische Gesundheit, Mannheim
Prof. Dr. Christiane Schwieren
Alfred-Weber-Institut für Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Dr. Agnes Speck
1. Help for women
- Violence Against Women Support Hotline
- Frauennotruf Heidelberg
- Information from the City of Heidelberg
2. Help for children and adolescents as well as mothers and pregnant women
- Jugend Notmail: Individual online counselling, chat option available to talk about a range of topics. Note: for young people no older than 19
Bundesberatung für Erziehung e.V. Onlineberatung: professional online counselling for adolescents and parents
1. Talk, counselling and information offers for parents regarding parenting,overstress and other serious matters
Elterntelefon (anonymous and free of charge): 0800/1110550
Consultation hours (minimum):
• Mondays to Fridays, 9-11 am
• Tuesdays and Thursadys, 5-7 pm
2. Help and counselling for pregnant women and parents with children under three years of age:
Topics: prenatal counselling services, advice if a baby does not stop crying, counselling services for parenting advice and families etc.
(as of 24.04.2020)
There are issues important or difficult for families right now. We have collected some links for those who are interested in reading up on Topics.
Research and teaching: An article about researchers with children working from home
(as of 24.04.2020)