GRADE in times of Corona * update as of May 5, 2020 *

Dear Doctoral Candidates and Postdocs,

the Corona crisis and the measures Goethe University is taking to limit the corona risk are also affecting GRADE and our services. In the summer term, all of our workshops are taught online. We are confident that we will be able to cope with the new circumstances in a professional way and we are happy to take you with us on this unprecedented adventure!

The publication of the workshop program summer semester 2020 is done in two steps. At the beginning of April, the courses offered in April and May were activated. As of today, all workshops taking place in June and July are open for registration. We are pleased that, despite the difficult starting position, we are able to offer you a somewhat limited, but overall varied and attractive workshop program! Other events such as the CareerTalks, Social Events, Center events etc. are postponed to a later date in this or the next semester.

In the current situation, the GRADE team mostly works from home. The Coaching sessions as well as the Open Office consultation hours are postponed or take place by telephone. The GRADE staff is available for you via their office telephone numbers or email adresses at the usual working hours.

Stay safe and healthy!

Doing your PhD in self-isolation

Which impact does the Corona crisis have on doing your PhD? Which topics should you deal with in this context? Which advice can supervisors give you to help you manage the extraordinary situation?

Here is a video that provides some food for thought for you with respect to five themes: structuring your private and professional life in times of Corona, supervisors‘ expectations, the impact of Corona on research and the collection of data, consequences of Corona for the academic job market, and the question of whether one should postpone one’s final oral exam (Disputation) or rather choose to perform it online, if possible.

Early Career Researchers in Focus

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Apply until July 20, 2020!

Fokus A|B - Promotion of Independent Grant Proposals at Goethe University

The program Focus A|B aims at highly qualified early career researchers up to 6 years after finishing their PhD who are currently preparing their own independent grant proposal.

NACAPS National Academics Panel Study of doctoral candidates and doctorate holders


First results available

The first results of the National Academics Panel Study (Nacaps) are now available online via a data portal: The portal presents analyses of Germany´s largest survey of doctoral canditates based on the data of more than 20.000 respondents. Doctoral candidates and doctorate holders throughout the country are surveyed at regular intervals on the study conditions for their doctorates, career aims and professional development, as well as on their general life situation.

The Early Career Researchers of Goethe University showed an above average participation during this first round. So we hope that this high level can be kept up now for the follow-up survey, which started March 3, 2020. Active participation is very important because only with a wide range of respondents can we gain a full picture of the doctorate landscape.

Take part! Make your experiences count!

» Follow this link for further information and participation

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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.

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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.

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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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