GPP Program

The GPP's program is composed of four thematically structured units:

Unit A "Working Scientifically" aims at aims at improving skills which are indispensable to adequately organize and present research results – be it in form of an oral presentation or a research paper. This also encompasses the ability to selectively search for literature, effectively administer data and knowledge as well as being able to assess the quality of scientific data, methods and working procedures.

Unit B "Management Skills" imparts and improves knowledge and competencies which are central to leadership tasks. To this objective, workshops about project management and face-to-face communication are offered. These courses are supplemented by courses focusing on intercultural aspects of communication and team work.

Unit C "Career Planning and Career Entry" informs about the career options and career paths for young researchers as well as about funding opportunities for Postdocs in Germany and Europe.  Furthermore, the doctoral candidates are being assisted in sharpening their personal and professional profile in regard to their preferred professional career. Thus, Unit C supports the young researchers in getting their career entry successfully started.

Unit D "Counselling and Networking" comprises peer-counselling formats which focus on questions and problems that emerge from being a Ph.D. or from specifics of the occupational life of postgraduates. By engaging in a peer-counselling group the doctorates – besides gaining new insights on Ph.D. or work related challenges – acquire counselling skills and establish contacts to other doctorates from different fields of study.


English Courses in the 2nd Half of 2015

A 2-2 Good Scientific Practice
September 28+29

A 3-2 Academic Writing in English
Social and Cultural Sciences, Humanities, Economics and Law: September 8
Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Psychology: September 25

A 3-4 Scientific Publishing in Science
October 7

A 4-2 Presenting in English
August 26

B 2-2 Intercultural Communication
August 27+28

B 3-1.1 Leadership in Academia: Youngster – Team Player – Key Player
(in cooperation with the Coaching Centre for Young Female Scientists)
June 11+12 (already fully booked)

C 1-4.2 Career Pathing and Skills Inventory
August 24

D2 Last Minute Feedback
All year through, on request only

A list of all our present German and English courses can be found here.

>>>  Before applying for any course it is highly recommended to read the workshop description first and to take into consideration the indicated target group.


Signing up for a Course

The official course registration for the second half year 2015 starts on May 11, 2015. Applications arriving before that day will not be considered. Please note that to be able to sign up and participate in the courses, you have to be registered with the General Postgraduate Program.

To sign up for a course, please use the GPP Course Registration Form.

Incoming registrations will be considered in order of arrival. However, the organizers reserve the right to treat the registration of foreign doctoral candidates preferentially.


Contact Contact GPP
Julia Hauser-Huth

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