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 service page on the energy crisis at the University of Erfurt will also provide further up-to-date information on this in the future. So far there are no details known on how to apply for the energy flat rate.

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

Bilal Haider Rana is going to defend her doctoral thesis

Network of the pure: A netnography of Islam critical and Islam defending online communities of Pakistan

on Thursday, 9 February 2023, 3:15 pm. If you are interested in participating the thesis defense you will find further information here.

External Programmes and Grant Offers

Call for Nominations German Study Award 2023 | Körber Foundation

Nominations for the German Study Award 2023 are once again open. The competition is aimed at young academics 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 deadline for the current call for entries is 1 March 2023.

The German Study Award aims to encourage young scientists to confidently represent the social value of their research and to contribute to the public debate. The prize therefore honours doctoral graduates who have presented tangible results that are of outstanding interest to society. The patron of the award is the President of the German Bundestag, Bärbel Bas.

All information on how to participate can be found here.

"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.