Support for Junior Researchers

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At CATALPA, young scientists have the opportunity to develop in an excellent and supportive environment.

Their advancement is a central concern of the Research Center. This happens through exchange and support on a professional level, as well as through offers to promote personal development.

  • In order to ensure the best possible supervision and support for doctoral students at the Research Center and to guarantee a high quality of doctorates, we conclude supervision agreements.

    Interdisciplinarity is a central part of CATALPA's self-image. This manifests itself, among other things, in the co-supervision of the qualification theses by a second discipline.

  • Postdocs qualify for various responsible positions in the Research Center – as staff members of a research professorship or within the framework of projects.

    After competitive selection procedures, we also offer postdocs the opportunity to establish their own group or to lead a project on their own responsibility after external review.

    Junior Research Groups and project leaders in the postdoc phase also have access to special qualification offers and mentoring programs.

  • Every semester, the Graduate Service of the FernUniversität compiles a wide-ranging catalog of continuing education courses for young academics at the FernUniversität. CATALPA doctoral students take at least 4 courses from this catalog during their usually three-year doctoral period.

  • As a Research Center, we offer our young scientists individual advice on questions concerning the planning of their own career as well as the acquisition of interdisciplinary skills. This is reflected in various formats: For example, within the framework of collegial exchange, for doctoral candidates with the supervision agreement and, if required, also individually.

    In addition, the Graduate Service of the FernUniversität is open to CATALPA doctoral candidates. Its counseling and support services - including classic collegial counseling and various regular networking opportunities - are building blocks of the very good infrastructure for doctoral students.

  • In an interdisciplinary colloquium, our junior researchers present their current scientific work, (qualification) projects, research ideas and so on.

    They organize and coordinate the colloquium on their own responsibility and use this format to provide an insight into current topics relevant to the Research Center. The colloquium offers the opportunity to discuss and initiate interdisciplinary collaborations.

    In addition, the coordinators have the opportunity to invite external guests in an advisory capacity or as speakers.

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