Doctoral research | Events, workshops, mentoring

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Enhance your competencies and plan the next steps

During your doctorate, you will acquire a great depth of knowledge and gain particular expertise in your field of research. In addition, transferable skills such as communication skills, capability for teamwork, or self-management are essential components in your career journey. Our interdisciplinary training and networking programme offers many opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Regular workshops and academies allow you to strengthen competencies that are helpful for your future career in academia, non-university research, the private sector, or science management. Furthermore, our mentoring programmes and career events under the umbrella of Research Academy Ruhr create a space where you can benefit from exchanging experiences with peers and experts and get first-hand information about career options after the PhD.

Participation in our workshops and coaching sessions is usually free of charge and you will be given a certificate of attendance upon finishing the course. Answers to other frequently asked questions can be found in the FAQ below.

Tip: Which competencies are important for your personal career goal? Find out with our coaching offer

Our offers at a glance

Orientation before and at the beginning of your doctorate

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Info event "Heute Studentin! Morgen Doktorandin?"

This info event encourages women to consider a doctorate after graduation. Does a doctorate suit me? What career opportunities does a doctoral degree offer? We and experienced female researchers will answer your questions!

Learn more (in German)

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Workshop "Promovieren – eine Idee für mich?"

Should I do a PhD? In this workshop, you will receive information on the framework of a doctorate at the UDE and get tips for making a decision.

We offer this workshop at the beginning of each year in cooperation with ABZ.

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Is a doctorate the right thing for me? And if so, how do I get started, and how do I organize my PhD project? Our Frühjahrsakademie will help you answer these questions and prepare for the exciting time of doctoral studies.

The Frühjahrsakademie takes place under the umbrella of Research Academy Ruhr.

All information can be found on Research Academy Ruhr's homepage

Skills, career planning, and networking during the doctorate

(Home) Training Days – Workshops

Time management, presenting, networking, or scientific writing: Train your transferrable skills in our interdisciplinary workshops!

We also offer regular courses on good research practice in this series.

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Publication Days

This series of events focuses on how to publish research results securely and professionally (e.g., open access, copyright, research data management).

We offer this series every summer semester in cooperation with the university library.

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Summer School

Interdisciplinary skills, along with your research expertise, are an important factor for your career in academia and beyond. Our five-day Summer School supports you in appearing confident and communicating your academic achievements in a comprehensible manner.

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Even during the peak phase of your doctorate, take your time for workshops and discussions in a compact format. In our interdisciplinary Herbstakademie, you can prepare for the final stage of your doctoral thesis and for the time after.

The Herbstakademie takes place under the umbrella of Research Academy Ruhr.

All information can be found on Research Academy Ruhr's homepage

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mentoring³ for female doctoral researchers

Experienced researchers will accompany you as mentors, advise you on career planning questions, and share their tacit knowledge of the academic world.

Tailor-made skills training and regular peer exchange complete the two-year programme.

All information can be found on Research Academy Ruhr's homepage

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Peer Mentoring

This one-year peer mentoring programme offers you the opportunity to network with other doctoral researchers at the UDE, exchange experiences, and support each other on your way to the doctorate.

Our peer mentoring is open to all doctoral researchers at the UDE (except medical faculty members).

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Further events under the umbrella of Research Academy Ruhr

Teilnehmendes Dialogues 2019


RAR's Dialogue brings together doctoral researchers and a leading expert from the business world for an informal exchange on current career issues and social developments over lunch.

All information can be found on Research Academy Ruhr's homepage

Research Career Day

Are you doing your doctorate and would like to know what a career in research means? Do you want to figure out if a research career is the right choice for you? The Research Career Day provides strategic knowledge and personal orientation about career perspectives, career paths, and requirements for a research career.

Please find further information on Research Academy Ruhr's homepage

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Once a year, the Wirtschaftskolleg offers you first-hand information and insights on career opportunities in business and society. Discuss with guests from the private sector, industry, public service, foundations, and non-profit organizations in a casual atmosphere.

All information can be found on Research Academy Ruhr's homepage

Other interesting offers at the UDE

Doctoral Researchers Network DONNA*

DONNA* is a network of and for doctoral researchers at the UDE. In monthly Zoom meetings, the initiators aim to create space for an interdisciplinary exchange and discussion of individual and collective challenges in the academic field.

Learn more (PDF, in German language)

Stip Stip Hurra: Ways to a scholarship

During this event, the Begabtenförderungswerke present their scholarships for students and doctoral candidates and provide information on application requirements.

Upcoming dates can be found on the ABZ homepage.

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International Researchers Days

Are you coming from abroad for your doctoral studies at the UDE? In this series of events, the Welcome Service provides information about the German academic system and support for a good start in Germany.

Please find more information here

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FAQ about our offers

Who can participate in our offers?

Our programmes are aimed at (prospective) doctoral researchers, postdoctoral researchers, and the Junior Faculty of the University of Duisburg-Essen. Our training programmes are usually tailored to a specific career phase. Please note the target group information in our announcements.

If you are not enrolled as a doctoral student at the UDE but are doing your doctorate in a graduate programme coordinated at the UDE, you can also register for our workshops.

Selected offers (Training Days, Publication Days, Summer School, Frühjahrsakademie) are open to doctoral researchers of the Rhine-Waal and Ruhr West Universities of Applied Sciences. You will find a corresponding note on the programme pages and can register for the events mentioned.

Our events offered under the umbrella of Research Academy Ruhr are also open to members of Ruhr-Universität Bochum and TU Dortmund University. Early career researchers from cooperating research institutions can participate in our offers upon request.

For which subject areas are GC Plus’ offers designed?

In general, our events and training offers are designed for early career researchers from all disciplines. Any exceptions are mentioned in the announcements.

Will I automatically be released from work to participate?

Participation in GC Plus offers is always voluntary. You are responsible for making arrangements with or obtaining time off from your supervisor.

Are there any costs for participation?

Participation is usually free of charge. However, we will indicate if a contribution to cover expenses is required in the event announcement.

Is my registration binding?

Your registration for our offers is binding. You will receive an automatic confirmation of your registration by e-mail. If you register for a workshop with limited capacity, we will inform you only after the registration deadline if you can participate. You will find detailed information on the respective registration procedure on the event pages.

We cooperate with aproved, mostly external experts and trainers for our workshops and events. Therefore, please take your registration and participation seriously and refrain from registering if you are unsure whether you can really participate.

Should you become ill or something unforeseen happens, we are grateful for an immediate cancellation by e-mail. This will enable us to accept candidates from the waiting list.

Will I receive a certificate of attendance? Does GC Plus awards credit points for participation?

We certify your participation with a certificate, usually handed out to you directly after the event on-site or sent to you by e-mail a few days later. We can not award credit points for our courses. Please clarify the crediting individually within your institution or graduate school if necessary.

Is childcare provided?

Should you require childcare during your participation in our events, please note this in the comments field of the registration form, and we will try to find a solution.

How can I give feedback on GC Plus’ events?

We invite you to evaluate our offers in feedback sheets at the end of most of our events and training offers. Your feedback contributes to the further development of our programme. We are very grateful for your evaluations and comments.

Overview: Offers in your faculty and the UDE’s central facilities

Here you will find links to qualification and networking opportunities offered by the UDE’s departments, centres, and institutions – for example, on subject-specific methods, scientific writing, or the use of specific software.

Faculty of Biology

Faculty of Educational Sciences

Faculty of Chemistry

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Social Sciences

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Mathematics

Faculty of Medicine

Mercator School of Management

Faculty of Physics

Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

Interdisciplinary Center for Educational Research (IZfB)

Akademisches Beratungszentrum (ABZ)

Fit for the job market: The ABZ’s Career Service offers seminars and advice on topics such as structuring job applications and preparing for job interviews. More

Institut für Optionale Studien (IOS)

The IOS offers courses and advice on academic writing and reading as well as a wide variety of language courses. More

Human Resources Development

The Human Resources Development department organises numerous further training programmes for all UDE employees. More

University library (UB)

The UB offers advice and courses on literature and data research, dissertation publication, literature management, and appropriate software. More

Zentrum für Gründungen und Innopreneurship der Universität Duisburg-Essen (GUIDE)

GUIDE – the Center for Start-ups and Innopreneurship is the central contact for all those interested in start-ups at the UDE and serves as a sparring partner for ideas, inventions and visions of all disciplines in all matters. More

Zentrum für Hochschulqualitätsentwicklung (ZHQE)

Fit for teaching: The ZHQE offers workshops and certificate programmes in the areas of university didactics, e-learning and media didactics, teaching evaluation, and curriculum development. More

Zentrum für Informations- und Mediendienste (ZIM)

The offers a wide range of courses on the use of various software, e-learning and Internet applications. More

Certificate Internationalisation at home

In cooperation with various institutions, the International Office offers continuing education courses and networking events for the acquisition of international and intercultural skills. More

Certificate ProDiversität

The goal of this programme is to professionalize the handling of heterogeneity at the university by further developing individual competencies. The offers are aimed at people with teaching, advising, and leadership tasks at the UDE. More


Please notify us by email e-mail if an offer from your faculty or institution is missing from this listing.