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1. Nov 2022

Call for entries German Study Award (Deutscher Studienpreis) 2023

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The competition is aimed at young scientists from all disciplines who have submitted an excellent dissertation of particular social significance in 2022. With three top prizes of 25,000 euros each, it is one of the most highly endowed German prizes for young researchers. The closing date for the current call for entries is March 1, 2023.

The Körber Foundation wants to encourage young scientists to confidently represent the social value of their research and contribute to the public debate. With the “Deutscher Studienpreis“, the foundation therefore honors doctoral students who have presented tangible results that are of outstanding interest to society. The patron of the award is Bärbel Bas, President of the German Bundestag.

All information on how to participate can be found here (in German).

26. Oct 2022

Take 5 minutes to rock your mental health

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Dr. Hendrik Huthoff, coordinator of the UniWiND group on mental health, has written a song about mental health together with Maik Goth and published it on YouTube. Be sure to listen and share!
Watch the music video.

17. Oct 2022

[Heidelberg Center for American Studies] Annual Spring Academy Conference (March 20-24, 2023)

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Call for Papers

The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) invites applications for its annual Spring Academy on American Culture, Economics, Geography, History, Literature, Politics, and Religion to be held from March 20-24, 2023.

The HCA Spring Academy provides 20 international Ph.D. students with the opportunity to present and thoroughly discuss their Ph.D. projects. Additionally, it offers workshops held by visiting scholars.

The HCA encourages applications that range broadly across the arts, humanities, and social sciences and pursue an interdisciplinary approach. Participants can present thesis projects on any subject relating to the study of the United States of America. Possible topics include American identity, issues of ethnicity, gender, transatlantic relations, U.S. domestic and foreign policy, economics, and various aspects of American history, literature, religion, geography, law, musicology, and culture. The accepted projects will be arranged into ten panel groups.

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10. Oct 2022

[IAMO] Picture a scientist (October 11, 2022)

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When you picture a scientist – what do you see? 

The documentary PICTURE A SCIENTIST takes on the question why it still often is the male white scientist that comes to our minds when we hear the word „scientist“.  In this film, leading female scientists in STEM take the audience on a journey through the experiences of their academic careers – as women of science. 

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9. Aug 2022

[Trier University] 4th transdisciplinary PhD Conference (December 8-9, 2022 | online)

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The 4th transdisciplinary PhD Conference “Third Mission (im)possible?! Options for action for young scientists“ is organised by the University Group “DocColloq“ at Trier University.

Science, society, and politics are deeply intertwined – this close connection has become evident not least during the corona pandemic. Nevertheless, a large number of people are sometimes skeptical or undecided about science, its working methods, financing or social relevance (e.g., Wissenschaftsbarometer 2021). Obviously, research institutions can and must ensure more transparency and openness in this regard, i.e., involve society, present research credibly, and communicate it in an understandable way. These tasks fall within the Third Mission area of activity, the third major task alongside research and teaching.

More information at: www.doccolloq.uni-trier.de

Terms and application

  • December 8-9, 2022 
  • digital conference
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7. Jun 2022

Career paths of academics

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The newly released website Wissen Schafft Karriere (in German) provides a general overview of career paths in science as well as specific opportunities for a career at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU).

So what does a career in science at MLU look like? A doctorate is often the beginning of an academic career towards a professorship. And yet, the doctorate opens up many other career opportunities, both at MLU and at many other institutions.

The compatibility of family and career or one’s own health have a significant impact on professional development and career. The website also illustrates this and show support options in working life through MLU.

Last but not least, you will find statutes, regulations and templates for various decisions and guidelines relating to career options and organisation at MLU.

10. May 2022

Literature on the topic of doctoral studies

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Guides for doctoral students

  • Guide for doctoral candidates at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (2019) (link)
  • Zeit Campus Ratgeber Promotion (link)
  • S. Stock, P. Schneider, E. Peper, E. Molitor, Erfolgreich promovieren – Ein Ratgeber von Promovierten für Promovierende, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg (2014) (ISBN 978-3-642-41662-0) (link)
  • Career column, Nature (link)

Guides for supervisors

  • UniWiND Publications Issue 4 “Doctoral Supervision. Recommendations and good practice for universities and doctoral supervisors” (2017) (English/German)
  • Alexandra Bulat “The Good Supervision Guide for new and experienced research supervisors of PhDs”, University College London (2018) (link)
  • Guidelines on the training of doctoral students at the Max Planck Society (2021) (link)

19. Apr 2022

[UL] Podcast “Wir wir promovieren”

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Research Academy Leipzig has released the third episode “Wie wir mit Kind promovieren” of its podcast “Wir wir promovieren” (“How we do our doctorate”). Two doctoral researchers from Leipzig University talk about their experiences on a topic relevant to their doctorate.
Until now, all episodes are in German. However, non-German-speakers are very much encouraged to participate.

9. Feb 2022

[IAMO/IPB GS] Successfully shaping the doctoral phase (February-April 2022 | online)

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There are free slots in this workshop series organised by the IAMO Graduate School and Leibniz Research School PlantBioChem at IPB.

A productive and professional supervision relationship makes a decisive contribution to the success of the doctorate. The workshop series aims to empower supervisors and doctoral researchers in establishing a fruitful supervision relationship. Considering the specific needs and tasks of supervisors and doctoral researchers, the workshop series has a two-track approach:

The Track for Doctoral Researchers aims to support doctoral researchers to manage their doctoral project and the challenges of the academic world successfully as well as to contribute their share to a successful supervision relationship. This track explores topics like productivity and provides tools to structure the day in a way that it aids concentration and focus; it provides strategies for managing well-being in research; it helps to identify procrastination loops and drivers of motivation; it discusses how to interpret feedback, to manage expectations, or to navigate different types of supervisors.

Workshop: Rethinking productivity (February 24, 2022)

Thursday, 24.02.2022 | 10.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. | Online

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20. Dec 2021

[nature] Managing up: how to communicate effectively with your PhD adviser

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Your supervisor has a vested interest in your success. Set the right tone and communication style when you meet with them.

Read more at nature, CAREER COLUMN (10 December 2021)
doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-021-03703-z


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