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Information, Qualification, and Support

As an early career researcher at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), you can take advantage of a wide range of qualification and support services in the different stages of your research career. Graduate Center Plus (GC Plus) supports UDE's faculties in optimally promoting early career researchers.

Advanced Master's students, doctoral researchers, postdoctoral researchers and the Junior Faculty benefit from:

  • interdisciplinary information, e.g. on doctoral studies at the UDE, career paths within and beyond academia, and criteria for good scientific practice
  • a voluntary, interdisciplinary workshop programme to strengthen your competencies
  • access to the offers of Research Academy Ruhr
  • a target group-specific overview of national and international funding opportunities as well as of the support services offered by the faculties and institutions at the UDE
  • personal counselling and facilitation of contact persons
  • networking within the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) and beyond

At a glance

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Considering a doctorate at the UDE?

  • Getting started: first steps in doctoral research
  • How to finance your doctorate
  • Doctoral committees
  • Structured doctoral programmes at UDE
  • Decision-making support & counselling
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Doctoral researchers

  • Doctoral regulations and committees
  • How to finance your doctorate
  • Structured doctoral programmes at UDE
  • Interdisciplinary qualification
  • Good scientific practice
  • Academic career paths
  • Counselling and support offers by GC Plus and the faculties
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Postdoctoral researchers &
Junior Faculty

  • Research support at UDE
  • UDE programme for the promotion of excellent early career researchers
  • Interdisciplinary qualification and career events
  • WISNA programme
  • Counselling and support offers by GC Plus and the faculties
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International early career researchers

  • How to do a doctorate at the UDE
  • Doctoral regulations at the UDE
  • Tips for preparing your research stay
  • Links to further services and contact points

19.10.2020 - 11:12:41


The ABZ's inter-faculty mentoring programme "DiMento" offers Master's students and doctoral candidates who are pursuing a career outside the …

12.10.2020 - 11:00:39

"Förderoptionen der DFG": Info event on DFG funding lines

What do I have to consider when applying for third-party funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG)? What funding options does the DFG …

12.10.2020 - 10:46:43

PhDnet@CAIS Annual Meeting

This year's annual meeting of PhDnet@CAIS on Tuesday, 24 November 2020, 10-14.30 hrs, will be all about "storytelling". In 20 minutes each, PhD …

06.10.2020 - 15:45:34

Podium discussion on knowledge transfer

The corona crisis, climate change and digitization pose challenges for politics and society. Research findings are therefore more important than …

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Programme overview: winter semester 2020/21

Online workshops, career events and counselling: Here you can find our programme overview for the winter semester 2020/21 for all career phases. Including UA Ruhr-wide offers within the RAR.

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During the Wirtschaftskolleg, employees from companies and institutions such as Evonik, Ingpuls GmbH, the Fritz-Hüser-Institut, 3M, innogy or the NRW Ministry of Transport will provide insights into their professional careers and answer questions about starting a job and career opportunities after the doctorate outside the university. The event will take place online via Zoom. Registration runs until 11 November.

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Online workshops and consultations

The COVID 19 pandemic challenges us all in a special and new way. In this situation, we would like to support you as best as we can. Since it is currently not possible to hold on-site events and consultations, we have temporarily changed our offerings into online formats.

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Home Training Days

Workshop programme

Online Consultation

Do you need advice or help? We offer individual consultations by telephone or online on request. Please send us an e-mail to arrange an appointment.

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Coaching Hour

Our Coaching Hour offers you the opportunity to engage in a confidential dialogue on your concerns. We offer coaching by telephone or online after prior appointment. Please contact Valentina Vasilov for appointments: Further information (PDF)

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Counselling on the Compatibility of Family and Home Office

Home office during corona time is not comparable to a normal home office day. Where otherwise there are child-care centers, schools or nursing staff available for at least part of the day, a few hours for undisturbed work have now become even rarer. Because of this special situation, we offer individual consultations for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers who are caring for children or relatives. Here you can talk about how your new everyday life between care and research looks like. Together we will search for practicable solutions. Advice is provided by telephone or via BigBlueButton. Appointments are also possible at off-peak hours.

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Our services

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Workshops and Events

Advance your academic and personal skills with our interdisciplinary workshops and career-related trainings for researchers in the qualification phase.

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Information and Counselling

We bundle useful information about the doctoral process as well as academic career paths and offer personal consultations.

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Funding and Financing

Scholarships, prices and research support – are you looking for funding opportunities? We offer advice and information on internal as well as external funding options.

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Gender and Diversity

Learn about our information and advisory services on gender, diversity, and internationalisation.

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