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Information, Qualification, and Support

Training, networks and counselling – 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 one's own 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
Interested in a doctorate
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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
Doctoral researchers
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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
Postdocs & Junior Faculty
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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
International researchers

We are at your service!

Online workshops and consultations in the summer semester 2020

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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06.07.2020 - 13:07:00

UDE Programme for the promotion of excellent early career researchers

Apply by 15 September for the 30th round of the UDE programme for the promotion of excellent early career researchers. The aim of the programme …

29.06.2020 - 09:25:58

Virtual GC Plus Summer School 2020

In 2020, our annual Summer School for doctoral researchers of the University of Duisburg-Essen goes virtual. We will offer a range of online …

29.06.2020 - 09:16:52

Karriereforum for Postdocs

Save the date: The 19th Karriereforum for postdoctoral researchers on 1 October 2020 will focus on the various career options beyond universities. …

17.06.2020 - 10:15:22

UDE Chancengleichheitsfonds (equal opportunities funds)

Students and lecturers with care tasks are facing special challenges in the current situation. To counteract this imbalance, the UDE has set …
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Tip!mentoring³ - for women early career researchers

Female doctoral researchers of all subject groups can still apply for the UA Ruhr mentoring³ programme until 15 July 2020. The next programme line will start in autumn 2020 with one group each for the humanities and social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering sciences.

As a mentee you will benefit from a close exchange with an experienced mentor, from a tailored seminar programme for career development and from networking with peers.

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Workshops and Events

Skills training for all subject areas: learn about our interdisciplinary workshops and career-related trainings for researchers in the qualification phase.

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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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Information and Counseling

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

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