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Theme days: "PhD: yea or nay?"

Date: 04.-05.02.2019

After graduation a lot of students ask themselves: Should I do a doctorate? What do I need to do if I want to start my PhD? How do I find a supervisor? How do I find funding for my PhD?

The theme days "PhD: yea or nay?" aim to support prospective doctoral candidates from all disciplines in this decision process. For this purpose the following program will be offered:


Monday, 04.02.2019

10:00-11:30 Panel discussion: "PhD: yea or nay?" H3
11:30-12:30 Information fair for prospective doctoral students U2-205
12:45-14:15 World Café: Die Herausforderungen der Promotion U2-205

Tuesday, 05.02.2018

09:15-10:45 How to finance your PhD H10
11:00-12:00 Information event: movement for prospective female PhD students C2-136
13:30-15:00 A glance behind the curtain: Fellows and staff from foundations give insight into Phd scholarships H3

Prospective doctoral candidates from all disciplines are invited to participate in the theme days. In order to plan the event we ask ask everyone interested to register here until 2 Feb 2019. If you already know which activities you want to join, please tell us in the comment section.

Last-minute participants who have not registered are welcome, too!

Contact: Annika Schmidtpeter, Service Center for Young Researchers

04.02.2019, 10:00-11:30, H3: Panel discussion: "PhD: yea or nay"

We will talk about the current situation of young researchers and the general conditions for doctoral students at Bielefeld University. The audience will have the opportunity to join the discussion and ask questions.

Prof. Dr. Martin Egelhaaf
Vice-rector for Research, Young Researchers and Equal Opportunities
Current situation of young researchers
Dr. Bernt-Michael Hellberg
Career Service
Career opportunities with and without a doctorate
Dr. Sarah Golüke
Postdoc at Bielefeld University
Looking back at the doctoral phase at Bielefeld University
Daniela Schumacher
Doctoral student at Universität Bielefeld
Experiences in the early doctoral phase
Dr. Linda Groß
Service Center Wiss. Nachwuchs
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04.02.2019, 11:30-12:30: Infomesse: Unterstützungsangebote für Promovierende an der Universität Bielefeld

Various service units at Bielefeld University assisting young researchers present their consulting and support offers to prospective doctoral candidates.

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04.02.2019, 12:45-14:15: World Café: The challenges of starting a PhD

While you are planning and starting your PhD you will have a lot of questions: How do I find the perfect topic form my thesis? Who can supervise my PhD? Do I prefer an individual doctorate or do I want to enrol in a structured programme? And do I want to continue my studies at a university at all? These questions are typical when you start thinking about and planning your PhD.

At the World Café you will have the opportunity to discuss these questions with your peers and to develop solutions together. Refreshments and snacks will ensure that this workshop will not only nourish your mind, but also your body.

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09:15-10:45, H10: How to finance your PhD

This seminar addresses (prospective) doctoral candidates who are interested in funding options for their doctoral phase. We will talk about the following questions:

  • What are the options for financing my doctoral phase?
  • What are the Pros and Cons of the different types of funding?
  • Where can I find open positions and calls for application?
  • How can I finance a research stay abroad during my PhD?

Annika Schmidtpeter (Service Center for Young Researchers) will talk about options to finance your living costs in Germany. Karin Kruse (International Office) will present funding opportunities for research stays abroad during your doctoral studies.

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05.02.2019, 11:00-12:00, C2-136: Information event: movement for prospective female PhD students

The Mentoring Programme addresses female students and graduates from all disciplines who are interested in or toy around with the idea of doing a PhD. The programme supports you during the transition phase from study to doctorate, provides information about the doctoral phase and gives insight into everyday life during a PhD. The goals of this mentoring programme are a targeted preparation of possible PhD projects on the one hand, an open decision process for or against a doctorate on the other hand. You will have the opportunity to consider different options and to weigh the respective Pros and Cons.

If you want to attend the information event, please let the movement team know and register by e-mail (movement@uni-bielefeld.de).

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05.02.2019, 13:30-15:00, H3: A glance behind the curtain: Fellows and staff from foundations give insight into Phd scholarships

When it comes to scholarships a lot of questions arise: Do I need to have an impeccable CV and diploma? What counts as "social commitment"? How important is the membership or affiliation to a certain party or religious group?

The last event of the theme days revolves around these questions. Experts, who are funded by foundation or who work there, will answer your questions and talk about their personal experiences. Dr. Kathrin Schmidt from the Federal Foundation for the Environment (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, DBU) will present the options for doctoral students at the DBU and give a glance behind the curtain of a foundation.

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15 April 2019
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