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Family and Career/Studies

The Equal Opportunity Officers of the Faculty of Medicine advise and support you on the topic of reconciling family and career/studies. 

Please feel free to make an appointment for a consultation.

Pregnancy | Maternity Protection | Parental Leave

You are on parental leave and would like to work part-time?

Then assert your legal claim with the personnel commission. 

In your letter, state how many hours a week you would like to work and the period for which the part-time arrangement is to apply. It is advantageous if your direct superiors are in favor of parental part-time work.

If you have any problems with the granting of part-time parental leave, please contact  of the Faculty of Medicine immediately. We can file an objection on your behalf in the event that parental part-time leave is rejected and advise you on how to proceed.


The Family Support Centre of the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf is a counseling and mediation center for students and employees of the university and the university hospital who want to combine family and job or studies.


The costs for childcare outside the regular care times of kindergartens, day-care facilities etc. are reimbursed against invoice (max. 12,50 €/hour; max. 8 hrs. per day; max. 400 €/year; for children up to twelve years of age).* For children under three years of age, costs are also reimbursed during the regular care times if no daycare place or similar is available. Childcare costs for children with disabilities are covered on a pro-rata basis until the end of compulsory schooling.
*Support for childcare is possible in the case of: 

  • Commitment and committee work at the Medical Faculty including appointment procedures for applicants and committee members.
  • Events of the Medical Research School
  • Events of the SelmaMeyerMentoring Program
  • Further education events for physicians during residency training

This excludes events where on-site childcare is provided. For funded research projects that provide funds for childcare, the cost will be reimbursed by the third-party funders.

A Silencium is intended to allow parents free time to complete scientific work. In the case of a Silencium, childcare costs are covered for individual days upon presentation of an invoice (max. 12,50 €/hr, max. 5 days with 8 hours each, max. 400 €/year).

Childcare costs are reimbursed for children up to 12 years of age and children with special needs until the end of compulsory schooling. For children under the age of three, costs are also paid to the extent specified above during regular care hours if no childcare place or similar is available.

Prerequisite for application: 

  • enrollment in a bachelor's, master's or doctoral program or
  • employment as a research assistant at HHU or
  • appointment to a W1 professorship at HHU

Target groups:

  • Students in a bachelor's or master's program
  • Doctoral candidates
  • Postdocs
  • Junior professors (W1)

The Silencium can also be used during parental leave.


If you need childcare, call the pme Familienservice hotline and register your child or children.

Hotline pme Familienservice: 0800 801007080

If you call by 6:00 p.m., next-day care is guaranteed. If you determine the need for care after 6:00 p.m. the previous day or only directly on the day of care, pme Familienservice will make every effort to cover your care needs. However, a care guarantee cannot be given in these cases. Please note that there must be a need for care of at least 4 hours per day and that care can only be taken up for business reasons. 

The place of care is the Kita Locomotion, which is located in child-friendly rooms at Siegburger Straße 3

If you have any further questions, please contact:

Phone: 81-08596

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