The Commission for the Promotion of Young Women Scholars was established in 1990 by the Academic Senate of Freie Universität Berlin. It was entrusted with the task of monitoring and supporting the programs run by the university, the state, and the federal government with the aim of promoting and supporting women. In the case of calls for applicants issued by the various programs, the members of the Commission make recommendations to the university management as to the merit of various applications, based on requests made by the departments and central institutes or by individual female scholars or scientists.
The measures aimed at promoting and supporting women currently include, at the state level, the Berlin 2007–2009 Equal Opportunity Program. Within the university, young women scholars were provided with targeted assistance from 1990 through 2005 as part of the C1/C2 Program. With the amendment of the Framework Act on Higher Education (Hochschulrahmengesetz), these measures for the promotion of women were transitioned to the W2 Position Program.