Training Program

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GRADE offers its participants more than 60 workshops each semester from A like 'Analysis and Interpretation of Multivariate Data' to Z like 'Zeit- und Selbstmanagement im akademischen Alltag'.

Doctoral candidates, Postdocs as well as Supervisors will find offers in the areas of Inter-/Transdisciplinarity and Intercultural Competence, Science, Management, Career and Languages.

These offers are completed by networking events and cultural activities for international PhDs.


Career, Support and Networking

Career, Support and Networking

GRADE supports doctoral candidates and postdocs during their time at the Goethe University Frankfurt.

We offer individual coaching for doctoral candidates and postdocs in case of problems with their research or personal environment.

Interdisciplinary Networking possibilities are given during our different social events.
New impulses for career options as well as first contacts with potential employers are possible during our career talks.

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Individual Support

This area includes individual coaching in case of problems during the PhD Phase, information about financing opportunities, our Language Service for manuscripts as well as personal consultation hours.

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Career Platform

Experts and Executives from Science, Economy and Society give an insight into their personal career and work life. Participants have the opportunity to get into a conversation with the experts and ask questions in an eased atmosphere.

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Social Events

These networking events aim to bring international doctoral candidates from the different research areas together.

Participants will find out more about cultural and historical facts about Frankfurt, Hesse and Germany.


GRADE Research Units

GRADE Centers

A GRADE Center combines subject-related areas of research, with preference for an interdisciplinary approach.

The GRADE Centers reflect the research foci of Goethe University.

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GRADE Initiatives

A GRADE Initiative is a self-organized working and research group of doctoral/post-doctoral candidates.

The goal is to strengthen the individual competencies in research, scientific publications, research management and conference management.

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GRADE Academies

GRADE Academies are interdisciplinary in nature and offer various platforms for discussion and communication between the sciences, the business world, and the general public. They serve as a source of innovation when confronting academically and socially relevant challenges.

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E-Learning Tools

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"Ready for a PhD?"

The decision to start doctoral studies must be carefully considered.
A doctorate based on academic curiosity, academic work methods and discipline requires doctoral students to be intensively engaged over many years and demands much patience.
The German research system offers many ways to earn a doctorate.

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"Good Scientific Practice"

"It is never too early to familiarise junior researchers with the standards of good academic practice as well as with possible situations and constellations where these standards will come under pressure."

(from German, DFG General Secretary Dorothee Dzwonnek)