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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

01.03.2021 - 14:03:15

Graduation grants for international doctoral researchers 2021

International students and doctoral researchers at the University of Duisburg-Essen who will have completed their studies successfully within …

22.02.2021 - 10:25:34

Call for Applications: UDE-internal programme for the promotion of excellent early career researchers

The call for the 31st funding round in the UDE-internal programme for the promotion of excellent early career researchers is now open. This programme …

15.02.2021 - 13:11:07

NEW: Postdoc Coffee

With the Postdoc Coffee sessions, we would like to launch a format that offers UDE postdoctoral researchers an informal space to exchange experiences. …

25.01.2021 - 11:09:35

Young Entrepreneurs in Science: New webinars and workshops

In February and March, the nationwide Young Entrepreneurs in Science initiative will again offer a series of free webinars and online workshops …

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Online workshops and counselling

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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