The Graduate Academy of the Goethe-University

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

Structured doctoral training

GRADE provides doctoral students at Goethe University (and selected Partners) a comprehensive qualification programme and supports them in strucutring their doctoral studies.

Fit for the career

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

Individual guidance

Are you considering to take 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.

Further information about us

Climate KIC PhD Summer School, 17-30 September 2016 - Frankfurt am Main


Green Finance: Overcoming Barriers to Low Carbon Investments

PhD Summer School on Urban Climate Finance in the Global North and South

Cities are the nexus for climate action. An annual incremental $0.4 trillion to $1.1 trillion investments will be necessary to set cities worldwide on a low-carbon and resilient development path. This challenge will have to be faced simultaneously by both developed and emerging countries, recognising their very different contexts and capabilities. Explore in our Summer School how these barriers to climate finance vary and how lock-in effects can be overcome. During the two-week programme, you will develop an action plan for relevant stakeholders in the field - and differentiate between the challenges in the global north and the global south.
You will have the opportunity to work for the city of Frankfurt (as an example of the challenges in the global north) and for the city of Medellín, Colombia (as an example for the challenges in the global south).
Turn your research into practice in one of Europe’s leading places on Finance innovation!
The participation fee is 500 €. The first three applicants (GRADE-members) will be supported by GRADE with 250€! Please inform us per e-mail after successful application.

Imboden-Report Quoted

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.

The study with the title “Career Tracking of Doctorate Holders” can be found here.