The Research Excellence Program provides strong and individualized support, a special training program, networking events and additional funding for international research activities.
In addition to the regular doctoral program, the Research Excellence Program offers:
Additional Funding for International Research Activities
Yearly up to 2.500 € additional funding per applicant for the participation in international doctoral courses, research stays and conferences.
Academic Career Coaching
Regular meetings of doctoral candidates and professors of our faculty to discuss aspects of academic career building and improve networking among doctoral candidates and Postdocs
New seminar format that prepares third year candidates for job talks (including video based coaching), university appointments, concept papers etc.
International Academic Networking
Participation in at least two academic discussions with external researchers (e.g. faculty research seminar)
Additional Doctoral Courses
Participation in a total of 8 courses of the doctoral course program (thus 3 more than the regular curriculum). Postdocs attend summer or winter schools and/or teach doctoral courses.
The funding of the program is limited to a maximum of 2 years. Candidates receive a certificate for the successful participation in the program.
Current doctoral candidates (ideally second year) and Postdocs of our faculty can apply twice a year; the application deadlines end in March and September each year.
Doctoral candidates are welcome to apply until 30 September 2020.
Please submit the following documents via e-mail to email@example.com
• letter of motivation
• research proposal (max. 5 DIN A4 pages)
• one working paper
• diplomas and certificates (master degree, bachelor degree, high school diploma)
Shortlisted candidates need to give a presentation of their research project (video presentations are not recommended and allowed in exceptional cases only). Interviews will be held in mid-November. The selection committee – consisting of the Heads of the Graduate Center and the Heads of the Academic Departments – will select the best qualified candidates based on their application documents and their presentation.
Reapplications are possible once.