Advice for Staff with Family Responsibilities



Advisory services at Goethe University Frankfurt

Goethe Welcome Centre

Goethe Welcome Centre (GWC) is the central non-academic advice centre and service facility for:

  • International professors
  • International postdoctoral researchers
  • International doctoral candidates enrolled at the university
  • International doctoral candidates with a university employment contract

GWC provides comprehensive support from a single source for you and your family. You can find a full list of the servicesoffered on the centre's website.  

Please make sure to fill in the GWC-online registration form, which you will find on the website, to receive support in the best possible way.

Detailed information for your stay in Frankfurt can be found in the Welcome Guide for International Researchers.


Human Resources/Staff Services Department

For legally binding information on the topics listed below, please contact the administrator responsible at the Staff Services Department (in German only).


  • Maternity protection
  • Parental leave
  • Academic Fixed-Term Contract Act (WissZeitVG)
  • Employment contracts
  • Remote working
  • Child benefit


Tel +49 69 798-13629

Family Service at the Equal Opportunities Office

The Family Service at the Equal Opportunities Office is the central facility of Goethe University Frankfurt for the cross-cutting topic of reconciling studies, academic career and family responsibilities. In the framework of consultations, it provides an overview of the advisory services and referrals available, gives initial guidance and helps you to find the right contact persons for your concerns.

It is also responsible for handling your registration for our childcare facilities.

Sara Schlichting


  • Reconciliation of family, studies and career
  • Help with finding childcare at the university and in Frankfurt
  • Advice specifically for research associates (Academic Fixed-Term Contract Act (WissZeitVG))
  • Problems related to pregnancy, maternity protection and parental leave
  • Holiday childcare
  • Referrals to municipal counselling centres and socio-educational support services
  • Help with finding childcare for internal events

Benjamin Kirst


  • Advice specifically for (expectant) fathers
  • Advice for foreign nationals with families
  • Childcare at Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Reconciliation of family responsibilities and studies
  • Conflicts in relation to pregnancy, maternity protection and parental leave

Dual Career Service Frankfurt (DCSF)

Dr. Jana Bäuerlen

Tel.: +49 69 798-18113

Specialisations:  Support of partners of new employees pursuing their own career perspectives in Rhine-Main area

Eligible persons: 
  • Newly appointed professors 
  • Postdocs (international or with family responsibility) 
  • Research assistants of participating coordinated research programmes

Goethe Research Academy for Early Career Researchers (GRADE)

GRADE aims to provide doctoral candidates and postdocs with individual support and an opportunity to enhance their personal skills, as well as with expertise to prepare themselves for their future careers. The range of services includes workshops, networking events and individual coaching sessions. Doctoral candidates and postdocs from all faculties at Goethe University are invited to become members of GRADE.


Advisory services in Frankfurt

Advice on all residence-related questions

Advice on parental allowance
Childcare in Frankfurt
General information on family benefits


Please direct enquiries for consultations to


Sara Schnier    
Family-Service Officer

+49 69 798-18688

Room 05.C111

Visitor's address
Equal Opportunities Office
Goethe University Frankfurt a.M.
Rostocker Str. 2
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Postal address
Equal Opportunities Office
Goethe University Frankfurt a.M.
Postbox 227
60629 Frankfurt am Main