Frühjahrsakademie—Start your doctorate right

Teilnehmer der Frühjahrsakademie
© Klaus Lemke, RAR

Is a doctorate the right thing for me? How do I get started and how do I organize my "project doctorate"? Which financing options do I have? Frühjahrsakademie addresses advanced Master's students interested in a doctorate and doctoral researchers at the beginning of their doctorate.

What does Frühjahrsakademie offer?

The interdisciplinary Frühjahrsakademie provides support in the decision-making process and in the initial phase of the doctorate.

On the first day, you will receive a comprehensive overview of doctoral research. A panel discussion with professors from the UA Ruhr universities will focus on questions concerning the supervision. Subsequently, experienced early career researchers will give insights into the particularities of doctorates in the respective subject groups in three panels. In the afternoon, a workshop will provide essential formal and organisational basics of doctoral research.

On the second and third day of the event, you can train key competencies for a successful start to your doctorate in interdisciplinary workshops: From writing an exposé, to self and time management, to good scientific practice. If specific questions from the introductory day have remained unanswered, we can clarify these in individual and small group consultations that take place parallel to the workshops.

During the networking lunch, you will have the opportunity to network and exchange ideas with your colleagues. You can also explore the support services for early career researchers within the University Alliance Ruhr. For example, contact persons of the university libraries are available to answer your questions.

Who can participate?

Advanced Master's students interested in a doctorate and early doctoral researchers of all subject fields of Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University, and the University of Duisburg-Essen.

The language of Frühjahrsakademie is German.

Next date: The next Frühjahrsakademie will take place in Spring 2021. Further information will be available in good time.


Information on the program will be available here in good time.


Information on the registration phase will be available here in good time.


If you have any questions about Frühjahrsakademie, please contact:

Valentina Vasilov
Universität Duisburg-Essen
Graduate Center Plus
Universitätsstr. 15, Room V15 S01 C67
45141 Essen
Phone: +49 (0)201 183-3176