Supporting Early Career Researchers

The cluster’s strategy for early career researchers is based on the conviction that the most innovative project ideas emerge at intersections between academic disciplines. At the same time, early career researchers need to establish a solid track record in their home discipline in order to be successful on the academic job market. We support of early career researchers at different stages.

Your Contact Person

Our Early Career and Research Ethics Coordinator will happily respond to any questions you might have:

Sophia Timmermann
Tel.: +49 7531  88-5624
Room Y 211


Doctoral Researchers

The cluster offers an interdisciplinary course programme on inequality studies to doctoral students under the roof of the soon to be established Graduate School of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. This provides them with the opportunity to identify their own field of interest within inequality studies, while at the same time developing a broader background in the social sciences and other disciplines. Our doctoral candidates are supervised by committees rather than individuals to ensure they get the necessary feedback. We encourage our doctoral students to attend conferences, methods training, or summer schools and to invite senior scholars to workshops. For these purposes, they receive financial support from the cluster and can take advantage of its network of international cooperation partners.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Since the postdoctoral stage is crucial in shaping an academic career, our goal is to support academic progress but also offer necessary qualification beyond that. All post-doctoral researchers in the cluster are encouraged to use the services offered by Academic Staff Development to develop skills in project management, leadership, job applications and appointment processes. With regard to research, our employment structures ensure close collaboration between post-doctoral researchers and PIs in order to provide a supporting development for the researchers. In addition, the cluster’s junior professors will have the opportunity to obtain a fellowship at the Zukunftskolleg without teaching responsibilities for up to one year in order to concentrate on their research agenda and to prepare for their tenure valuation.