Consulting for structured doctoral programmes and research collaborations

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Developing convincing ideas

Early career support, good research practice, and equal opportunities play an important role in structured doctoral training and research collaborations. This is why advanced training measures in these areas are an integral part of proposals for DFG Collaborative Research Centers, DFG Research Training Groups, and similar formats.

We support researchers at the UDE during the preparation of proposals and in the implementation of corresponding actions. We also regularly organise informal network meetings for coordinators of structured programmes and CRCs.

Application phase

General advice

We have an extensive experience in accompanying collaborative research proposals both during the application phase and during reviews. In this context, we also work closely with our SSC colleagues and other UDE departments.

If you are planning to submit a collaborative proposal or establish a structured doctoral programme, we would be happy to give you advice on all aspects of supporting early career researchers at the UDE.

Your contact person

Simon Kresmann
Fon +49 201-183-2015

Gender consulting

Gender equality measures have gained importance in recent years, especially in the context of DFG proposals. In addition to the persuasiveness of an excellent research proposal, factors such as the research environment are becoming increasingly important.

The chances of grant approvals can improve significantly if convincing gender equality measures are well defined during the proposal stage. Therefore, we offer advice to members of the UDE on specific measures for structural doctoral programmes and research collaborations.

Useful links

Gender Equality Standards of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Women's and Gender Studies Research Network of North Rhine-Westphalia

College for Gender Research of Essen (EKfG)

Strategy Papers and Guidelines of the University of Duisburg-Essen

Further counselling offers at the UDE

Legal background

Your contact person

Stephanie Sera
Fon +49 201-183-3054


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Workshop planning and participation in our events

We also support structured doctoral programmes and research collaborations in implementing the measures mentioned above with our expertise. If you are looking for external trainers or coaches, you are welcome to contact us.

Good to know: Our entire regular event programme is open to all early career researchers of research consortia coordinated at the UDE, even if they work at another institution. It is sufficient to indicate this when registering.

Reach out to us!

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Exchange of experience for coordinators

The number of structured programmes and research collaborations at the UDE is continuously increasing. Coordination of these includes numerous tasks and it is usually carried out by full-time researchers or science managers. The GC Plus offers informal network meetings once every three months. Those meetings ensure a regular exchange between the coordinators on current topics and enable new members to benefit from the experience of established colleagues.

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