Graduate Center Plus: Our services for early career researchers

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Strengthening Competencies, Fostering Opportunities

Graduate Center Plus (GC Plus) supports the faculties and institutions of the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) in optimally promoting early career researchers.

As an interdisciplinary service institution, we bundle information on all aspects of doctoral and postdoctoral research and show the wide range of support and qualification offers at the UDE. We also offer individual counselling and a varied workshop programme as well as information and career events.

Benefit from our strong networks within the UDE and beyond: We are proud to be part of Research Academy Ruhr (RAR), the cross-university platform for promoting early career researchers in the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr), and are involved in national and international networks.

GC Plus is located in the Science Support Centre (SSC) of the UDE and reports to the Vice Rectorate for Research, Career Development and Knowledge Transfer. The GC Plus Scientific Directorate is responsible for strategic management.

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Our offers for early career researchers

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Information and Counselling

Do you have questions about your next career steps? Are you looking for suitable financing for your doctorate or research project? Are you in a transition phase and facing new challenges? We would be happy to advise you in a confidential consultation.

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Good scientific practice

Knowing and applying the principles for safeguarding good scientific practice (GSP) is a basic prerequisite for honest and accurate research. We regularly integrate GSP workshops into our programme. In addition, we offer customized workshops for structured doctoral programmes on request.

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Interdisciplinary Qualification

An academic career requires a high level of specialist knowledge and strong professional skills. In addition, interdisciplinary competencies can play an important role in achieving your career goals. Our workshops, academies and mentoring offers support you in preparing for your further careerin academia and beyond. In addition, we refer to offers of the faculties and other institutions at the UDE.

Interdisciplinary Qualification
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Financing and Funding

We will be happy to advise you personally on which funding measures are suitable for your research project or the conference you are organising. In addition, our homepage provides a helpful overview of financial and non-material funding programmes for early career researchers.

Financing and Funding
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Gender and Diversity

We promote equal opportunities for early career researchers and and actively participate in supporting female early career researchers, e.g. by coordinating the mentoring³ programme and providing career advice for women. For structured PhD programmes we offer a consultation on the development and implementation of gender equality measures.

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Career development and networking

We support you in the different phases of your academic career with tailored information and networking events. Benefit from the exchange of experience with peers and experts and receive transparent information on internal and external career paths. Many of these events are offered within the RAR and thus give you the opportunity to network across universities.

Event programme


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Scientific Directorate

The Scientific Directorate meets regularly at least twice a year. It includes representatives of various status groups, including three representatives of the GC Plus target groups.

Current Members

The board was appointed by decision of the rectorate. A procedure will soon be drawn up for the positions that are not intended by function.