News for Early Stage Researchers

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Here you will find announcements about:

  • the newsletter of the Graduate Services,
  • events and interdisciplinary workshops for doctoral candidates,
  • thesis defense,
  • external programmes and grant offers. 

Furthermore you can register for the newsletter of the Graduate Services by following this link.

Newsletter of the Graduate Services

Here you can find the latest newsletter of the Graduate services.

Gladly we will e-mail the newsletter of the Graduate services to you too!

You will receive the newsletter whenever the workshops for the „Academic Career and Qualification programme“ or scholarship announcements are made public. The newsletter will be send once a month at most.

To subscribe for the mailing list, please klick on this link and enter your e-mail address. Afterwards you will receive an e-mail to reconfirm that you have used a valid mail address.

You can unsubscribefrom the mailing list at any time.

Please notice the data protection formular (avialable in German only).

Information on the energy flat rate for doctoral candidates

Upon request of the University of Erfurt, the Thuringian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Science and Digital Society (TMWWDG) informed that all doctoral candidates, who were enrolled at a German university on 1 December 2022 can apply for the energy price flat rate of 200 euros.

In the first bill, doctoral candidates were explicitly excluded; however, after an amendment, the paragraph was deleted. The law has already been passed by the Bundestag and is planned to come into force on 21 December 2022. Information on the energy price flat rate for students (and doctoral candidates) can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (in German only).

The nationwide uniform application for the payment of the 200 Euro one-time payment according to the Studierenden-Energiepreispauschalengesetz (EPPSG) should be possible for all eligible applicants from mid-March. The website www.einmalzahlung200.deprovides information on all questions regarding the payout. In addition, there is an information hotline for individual questions, which can be reached at 0800 2623 003, Tuesdays to Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon.

Events and Interdisciplinary Workshops

Academic Skills Training

The Academic Skills Training offers workshops focused on didactic progammes and interdisciplinary key competences. Further information can be found here.

Thesis Defense

External Programmes and Grant Offers

Fritz Thyssen Foundation | ThyssenReading Time

As a result of the digital revolution, the amount of pertinent information is multiplying at an exponential rate and can scarcely be managed even by well-organised scholars. On the other hand, ever less time is available at German universities to obtain a detailed overview of the information available. Thus, there is often no time to carefully read through that which scholars would like to read and/or simply what they need to read. Accordingly, instead of “close reading”, scholars are now expected to perform “distant reading”, in which they sift through large quantities of manuscripts using digital information-processing techniques instead of actually reading the literature.

To counteract this phenomenon of dwindling time, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation is seeking to provide scholars in the humanities and social sciences time to engage in thorough reading, the “ThyssenLesezeit”. The aim is to provide support over a six-month period of time based on a no-gain, no-loss funding model to members of the administration at German schools of higher learning who have particularly little time due to their workload (such as rectors/presidents, vice-presidents/prorectors, deans and heads of excellence clusters) in order to enable them to resume their own research activities quickly once they have completed their administrative stints. During this reading time, scholars are to be placed on leave from their university-related obligations for one semester in order to be able to review the literature in their respective subject areas. Secondly, the programme also seeks to promote younger junior scholars who are to assume the professorship as substitutes for six months. Applications will only be accepted in this “tandem” form.

Deadline for submission: 31 August 2023

Further information can be found on the homepage of the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung.

DAAD Funds Congress and Lecture Visits

Since 01 March 2023, the DAAD again offers funding for participation in congresses and lectures.

In the congress travel program active congress participation is funded, in the lecture travel program a lecture activity outside of congresses and conferences is funded. The announcements can be found at and (both pages are available in German only).

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the DAAD Infocenter. You can reach our advisors by calling 0228-882 180 at the following times: Monday to Thursday 9am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm (CEST), Friday 9am - 2pm (CEST), or via DAAD contact form.


"Writing-Fridays" for Doctoral Candidates

The offers doctoral candidates free online writing-days. Each first Friday in a month from 9:30 to 12:00 am doctoral candidates meet each other and get additional support for their writing process by professionell coaches. Doctoral candidates from all research fields are welcome to join, regardless of how much progression they have with their own thesis. Joining the writing-days is possible to any time.

Application and further information can be found here (in German only).

DocColloq for Doctoral Candidates

The "DocColloq", founded in 2018 at the University of Trier by the research assistants Camilla Haake and Natalie Tröller, forms an interdisciplinary network for doctoral candidates from all research subjects and institutions. Digital meetings will take place on a regular basis to further the Germany-wide exchange between doctoral candidates, the networking with each other and to encourage to get insights outside their own disciplines and researches. In those two hour meetings up to three doctoral candidates will give an insight into their own research in short 15-minute presentations, followed by joint discussion of the plenum. All doctoral candidates are invited, no matter which university, research area, progress of their dissertation or if they just want to pay attention to the presentations.

The meeting takes place via Zoom. People interested in joining are asked to register by mail at You will get a link to the meeting afterwards.