More and more couples strive for both partners to equally apply themselves in job and family. Most fathers wish to spend more time with their families. Ulm University wants to help.

Both mothers and fathers benefit from the flexibility that the University offers their employees. Examples are: flexible work hours, part-time, alternating telework, Elternzeit (parental leave), leave of absence/ academic leave, Pflegezeit (caregiver leave), Familienpflegezeit (family caregiver leave).

Your HR officers and Maria Stöckle from the Family Service are happy to provide advice.
If you worry that it might be too hard or impossible to find a substitute solution that works, please talk to your supervisor. The University’s management supports the endeavour of finding ways to reconcile work and family. A sustainable solution takes both your interests and the frame conditions of your work area into consideration.

I welcome the development over the past few years with more and more fathers playing a more active role in the family and scheduling more time for their families. This strengthens not only the relationship between father and child, but often also makes it easier for the mother to find her way back into work life. Our family-oriented offers are therefore generally attractive for both parents. It is important to us to implement a long-ranging staff policy that helps retain qualified staff.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Weber, President Ulm University

Request special leave with HR Services:

1 day paid leave (day of the birth or very few days after) when the
- wife (living together without a marriage certificate is not sufficient!) or
- life partner as defined by the Civil Union Act (Lebenspartnerschaftsgesetz) goes into labour

The special leave for non-civil servant employees is regulated in § 29 TV-L and for civil servants in § 29 AzUVO.


Application for Elternzeit (parental leave)              Application for Elternzeit to be submitted to HR Services (Abteilung Personalservice)

Application deadlines for fathers: 7 or 13 weeks
Elternzeit between ...

•        the birth and the 3rd birthday of the child: 7 weeks before the beginning of the Elternzeit (if beginning with the birth: estimated date of birth); a shorter deadline is possible in a few exemptions (e.g. at the beginning of adoptive care if it could not be planned ahead, or with preterm births).

•        the 3rd and 8th birthday of the child: 13 weeks before the beginning of the Elternzeit

Information on Elternzeit provided by HR Services

Application for Elterngeld (parental benefit) bzw. ElterngeldPlus with the responsible parental benefit authority Elterngeldstelle Residence in Baden-Württemberg (L-Bank Karlsruhe), Residence in Bavaria

It is generally possible to take Elternzeit independent from Elterngeld. Elterngeld is granted for months of the child's life. The month of life begins with the day of birth and ends the day before the birthday in the following month. This needs to be considered in the application for Elternzeit, as the claim of Elterngeld is usually linked to the claim of Elternzeit.

ElterngeldPlus is particularly attractive if father or mother do not take a complete time out but want to reduce their work hours and receive parental benefit for longer.

If you plan Elternzeit from the birth on, you should exclude the special leave (see above) from the Elternzeit. The entire income is taken into the calculation of Elterngeld after the birth of your child, this includes any special leave and other paid leave.

Parental Allowance (Elterngeld), Parental Allowance Plus (ElterngeldPlus) and Parental Leave (Elternzeit) - brochure from the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs

Advice centre for pregnancy and family planning

Further and continuing education programme at Ulm University (last titled 'man@work' 19 July 2016)

Familienbildungsstätte Ulm e. V., e.g.: Vater werden – Check-In or Vater werden – vom Duo zum Trio (free); other interesting course offers: e.g. Väter-PEKiP, Erlebniswelt Essen Papa-Kind, Mit deinem Kind in einem Boot

Course offers for prospective mothers and fathers: Gynaecological Clinic Ulm

Family Service

Maria Stöckle

Postal address:
Universität Ulm
Helmholtzstraße 16
89081 Ulm, Germany

Room number: E.19a
+49 731 50-25012
Fax: +49 731 50-25013
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