The European Training Network (ETN) G-VERSITY – Achieving Gender Diversity is an interdisciplinary and intersectoral doctoral training network for early stage researchers. The academic partners are European research groups from psychology, education, management, business administration, media and communication studies at the University of Bern (Switzerland), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), University of Helsinki (Finland), Radboud University (the Netherlands), University of Trieste (Italy), University of Surrey (UK), University of Stockholm (Sweden), the Institute of Psychology of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Czech Republic), and The Open University (UK). The non-academic partners are an organization running the leading certification for workplace gender equality, a city administration, a public broadcasting service, a media training centre, and three non-profit organisations.

G-VERSITY will (1) determine how significant background factors affect educational and professional pathways of women, men, and sexual and gender minorities, and (2) produce scientifically based interventions for use in the workplace—including workshops, guidelines, and training materials, to be applied by employers to attain gender diversity. The training consists of collaborative supervision of individual research projects by academic and non-academic partners including mandatory intersectoral secondments to other academic and non-academic partners. The aim is for the PhD students to gather experience in different research sectors and to develop their transferable skills by working on joint research projects. The research training will enable the PhDs to complete publication-based dissertations.

G-VERSITY offers 15 PhD positions for candidates who demonstrate a high motivation to do research on gender diversity and a strong desire to work in a trans-disciplinary research environment. Successful candidates will be hired for 36 months, the positions are available from December 2020 on.

Project 1: Parent-child conversations about subject domains and occupations
University of Surrey, United Kingdom

Project 2: Gendered pathways to professional life
University of Helsinky, Finland

Project 3: Acting out gender identity — Self-portrayal in digital media
Free University of Berlin, Germany

Project 4: Sexist organizational climate and gender-based harassment: Obstacles to careers in male-dominated fields
University of Bern, Switzerland

Project 5: Challenging manhood — When men strive for male-atypical professions
Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

Project 6: Networking for gender equality and diversity
Radboud University, The Netherlands

Project 7: Sexual and gender minorities on their pathways to leadership
The Open University, United Kingdom

Project 8: What's on TV? The role of gender and social status in media representation
Free University of Berlin, Germany

Project 9: Being well prepared — A gender-related career setback training
University in Helsinki, Finland

Project 10: Language and images — Social inclusion through subtle cues in organisational communication
University of Trieste, Italy

Project 11: Making a good case for gender diversity — Pathbreaking organisational communication
University of Bern, Switzerland

Project 12: Am I the right candidate? Implementing gender diversity interventions effectively
Stockholm University, Sweden

Project 13: Benchmarking current diversity management strategies
EDGE Strategy AG, Switzerland

Project 14: Bias circumvention — A scientific evaluation of gender diversity training
Radboud University, The Netherlands

Project 15: Train the sponsor — Implementation of a new mentoring training
EDGE Strategy AG, Switzerland


The host organisations appoint each eligible researcher under an employment contract. The duration of the contract is 36 months if not indicated othervise. The employment is covered under the social security scheme, which is applied to employed workers within the country of the host organization, or under a social security scheme providing at least sickness and maternity benefits in kind, invalidity and accidents at work and occupational diseases, and covering the researcher in every place of implementation of the project activities.

Basic gross salary amount is €3,270 per month. This amount is then adjusted of a correction coefficient to the Living Allowance of the country in which the researcher will be recruited.

A Mobility Allowance contributes to the expenses of the researcher caused by the mobility. The amount of the mobility allowance amounts to €600 per month.

A Family Allowance of €500 per month will be paid should the researcher have family, regardless of whether the family will move with the researcher or not. In this context, family is defined as persons linked to the researcher by (i) marriage, or (ii) a relationship with equivalent status to a marriage recognised by the national or relevant regional legislation of the country where this relationship was formalised; or (iii) dependent children who are actually being maintained by the researcher.

The family status of a researcher will be determined at the time of their (first) recruitment in the project and will not evolve during the project lifetime.

rules for applicants

Eligibility criteria:

G-VERSITY is a research fellowship programme for ‚Early Stage Researchers (ESR)’. If you intend to do a PhD thesis in the field of psychology, education, management and organization studies and business administration, sociology, media and communication studies you may apply, provided that you have less than 4 years research experience and you don`t have a doctoral degree.

Applicants need to apply for a specific project within G-VERSITY. An interest for a second and third project with a clear prioritization can be expressed. The European Union promotes mobility within the research community. Thus, to be eligible for the project of a respective host institution you must not have lived in that country for more than 12 months between December 2017 and December 2020[1]. Please note that joint training in G-VERSITY also requires mobility during the program to perform secondments in institutions different from the host institution.

Appropriate candidates for the G-VERSITY program have a University Master Degree before 31.12.2020. For most projects, candidates should have a Master Degree in Psychology or in a related discipline. For Projects 3 and 8 candidates should have a Master Degree in communication studies, journalism or in a related discipline of social sciences. For Projects 6 and 14 candidates should have a master’s degree in management and organization studies, gender and diversity studies, sociology, (organizational) psychology or in a related discipline.


[1] The official rule is: “At the time of recruitment by the host beneficiary, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.”


Only complete applications will be considered. Submission deadline is November 15, 2020.  A complete application is in the format of a single PDF file (<10MB) containing the following:

  • A meaningful letter of motivation allowing understanding the motivation for the application and the choice of the research projects. The letter should also include candidates’ research ideas for the project of their first choice (max. 3 pages in total).
  • A complete and detailed CV (including the countries of residence from December 2017 onwards).
  • Copies of the University Master Certificates for the respective university degrees or alternatively a certified copy confirming the enrolment and the date of envisaged finalization of the master program of the candidate.
  • Names and full contact details of the two referees contacted by the candidate to send their letters of recommendation. The G-VERSITY letter of recommendation template must be completed by the referees and submitted via this website.
  • To match your application with the referees’ letters, the name of your pdf file should start with your surname:      <surname_name_.pdf>

In addition, the candidates have to send the web-link to the templates for the letters of recommendation to their two referees mentioned in their application and request that their referees submit their letters of recommendation via the G-VERSITY homepage (www.GVERSITY-2020.eu) by November 15, 2020 at the latest.

N.b. Application and of letters of recommendation will be accepted only by submission via the G-VERSITY website.

recruitment procedure

Selection process:

Applicants for G-VERSITY job positions will be selected on their potential for scientific excellence and their availability to work in an interdisciplinary environment. The recruitment will be transparent, open, and merit-based following the guidelines of the European Charter for Researchers, the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, and OTM-R.

A selection committee [G-VERSITY supervisors at host institutions and co-supervisors} has been set up for each PhD position.
The selection criteria are:

Your application must score above a certain threshold for each criterion.

All candidates are scored by the selection committee members based on these criteria, leading to a final ranking of the candidates for each position. The top 3 candidates per project will be invited for an online interview. The hosting institute will offer the open position to the selected canditate.

Applicants who disqualify are informed on their rejection via an electronic letter.

Call for applications:

Each position will be filled once the right candidate has been found.
If no satisfactory candidates are found for a given project after the first call (deadline November 15, 2020), the vacant position will be readvertised following the same rules and procedure.