Family Services

Achieving a balance between research, studying, a career, and family tasks is, in many respects, a major challenge to parents and persons caring for their relatives. The decision to start a family and the first years of children's lives when they need intensive care frequently coincide with decisive academic qualification phases for further career perspectives.

With the goal of improving the balance between career/studies and rearing children/caring for relatives, the Family Service at the university was established on 1 April 2009 as part of the audit for family-friendly higher education. Bielefeld University already received the "family-friendly higher education institute" [familiengerechte hochschule] certificate issued by berufundfamilie GmbH in 2006 and was reaudited in 2009. For information on the family-friendly higher education institute audit, click here:

The Family Service is your contact point and advice centre for all questions on how to coordinate research, studying, career, and family, and it offers both staff and students with family obligations information and comprehensive confidential counselling on topics such as:

For (prospective) parents::

  • Maternity rights, parental leave, parents allowance
  • Childcare
  • Regulations and measures to support families
  • Financial assistance
  • Initiatives and advisory centres in Bielefeld

    For those caring for relatives

  • Caregiving leave
  • Regulations and measures to support persons caring for relatives
  • Paying for care
  • Relatives with dementia
  • Advisory centres in Bielefeld

More information here:

Mrs. Ulrike Piplies
Office: L3- 119
Phone: (0521) 106 4208


13 February 2018
The call for proposals for the Bielefeld Young Researchers' Fund is opened. Deadline is April 15th!

15 February 2018
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