We aim to recruit, train, and inspire the next generation of global scientific leaders, be it in research, industry, or public service. Our agenda for the support of early career researchers, which draws on the University of Konstanz’s pioneering career advancement strategy, includes the following measures to promote the careers of our researchers, from undergraduate students to junior professors
In order to attract and retain students at the beginning of their research career, we offer a range of programs that aim not only to enrich their educational experience in general, but to also help them discover their potential in their particular field of interest:
- A fellowship program for in-coming students to engage with our centre and out-going to gain experience within our network
- Participation in experimental lab and field studies (for example the DAAD Stipend)
- Research-oriented projects and theses,
- A thesis support fund
A primary goal of our centre is to provide doctoral researchers with the skills and experience they need to excel in their future careers, whether in or outside of academia. This training will be facilitated by the centre’s outstanding research environment, which includes state-of-the-art research facilities, excellent scholars, and a growing international research network. Additional initiatives include:
- A Graduate School for Behavioural Sciences: a structured doctoral program and infrastructure for hiring, courses and peer support.
- Training and mentoring: The doctoral program will feature disciplinary as well as transdisciplinary modules on topics such as micro/macro linkage, decision-making, networked experiments, or scientific programming. Additional training and counselling on topics such as scientific writing, inter-cultural communication or career development are offered by the Academic Staff Development unit.
Representatives for Doctoral Students
For early post-doctoral researchers, we offer numerous avenues to early independence. These include a wide range of funding opportunities, support for preparing grant applications, and integration with the university’s interdisciplinary Zukunftskolleg, which offers fellowships to talented postdoctoral researchers and early career research group leaders in order to promote their independence. Professional development is also supported by courses offered by the Academic Staff Development unit, which include transferable skills as well as job application training and individual career counseling for those looking for careers outside of academia.