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The Research Academy of the Goethe University

GRADE offers a platform for doctoral education and research support. GRADE supports early career researchers individually in accordance with their needs and interests. GRADE participants have access to a comprehensive set of services geared towards research and career development.

Structured doctoral training

GRADE provides doctoral students as well as Postdocs of the Goethe University (and selected Partners) with a comprehensive qualification program and supports them in structuring their doctoral studies.

Fit for the career

GRADE prepares early career researchers for your career inside or outside of science and offers an insight into different career fields. With GRADE you will build up your network for the future.

Individual guidance

Are you considering to pursue a doctoral degree? Are you already working on a doctorate and are experiencing some difficulties? GRADE supports you with problem solving strategies during the working stage and in the desicion-making process after graduation.

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Professor Dorothea Schulte and Professor Friedemann Buddensiek receive the 2016 prize for best doctoral supervision

On 25 October 2016 the prize for the best doctoral supervision was awarded by the Goethe Graduate Academy (GRADE) for the second time. Prize Winners this year are Professor Dr. Dorothea Schulte from the Medical Science (Faculty 16) and Professor Dr. Friedemann Buddensiek from Philosphy and History (Faculty 8).

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2016 01 31

Career Tracking Study of the European Science Foundation

The Career Tracking Study of the European Science Foundation (ESF), which was published in 2015, analyses the career paths of European researchers both inside and outside academia.  GRADE, the university-wide graduate academy of the Goethe University, participated as the only German institution in this study.
The report examines the significance of the mobility between disciplines, countries and sectors on the subsequent career path, such as the “bottleneck problem”, the number of junior researchers versus upcoming permanent positions.

Researchers in permanent positions are more satisfied and also demonstrably more productive. Researchers in permanent positions register twice as many patents as fixed-term employees, are more often recognized for their performance and generally participate more in public life.