Start your doctorate right

Is a doctorate the right thing for me? And if so, how do I get started and how do I organize my "project doctorate"? Our Frühjahrsakademie will help you to answer these questions and prepare for the exciting time of doctoral studies.

What does the Frühjahrsakademie offer?

If you are interested in pursuing a doctorate after graduation or have recently started your doctoral project, the three-day Frühjahrsakademie will provide you with valuable support: experts from the graduate institutions of the UA Ruhr universities and experienced trainers will help you find your bearings and make informed decisions.

The first day focuses on formal and organizational topics related to doctoral research. You will learn, for example, how doctoral studies usually work and what financing options are common. On the second and third day, you can train various key skills for a successful start into your doctorate: from self and time management to good scientific practice.

Exchange of experience and networking is an important part of the entire program. Both during the breaks and during the workshops, you will therefore have many opportunities to get in touch with other early career researchers of the University Alliance Ruhr.

Who can participate?

Advanced Master's students interested in a doctorate at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University and/or the University of Duisburg-Essen as well as early doctoral researchers of all subject fields of the UA Ruhr universities. The Frühjahrsakademie is also open to doctoral researchers of the Rhine-Waal and the Ruhr-West Universities of Applied Sciences.

The language of Frühjahrsakademie is German.

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Frühjahrsakademie 2023

The Frühjahrsakademie will take place remotely via Zoom from 28 to 30 March 2023. You can put together your own individual day program. In the case of parallel workshops, you will have to choose one offer. Please register by 12 March 2023.

Program flyer (PDF, in German language)


Tuesday, 28 March 2023

9:00–9:15 am
Welcome and Introduction
Simon Kresmann, Graduate Center Plus, University of Duisburg-Essen

9:15–10.15 am
Gut vorbereitet vom Studium in die Promotion ("Well prepared from your studies to the doctorate")
In this part of the Frühjahrsakademie, representatives of the three graduate institutions will explain how doctorates work, how you can organize the transition after graduation, and what steps you basically have to take at the beginning of your doctorate. They will also address typical questions such as how to finance a doctorate.

10:15–11:00 am
Q&A: Promovieren an der … RUB, TUDo oder UDE ("Q&A: Doing a PhD at … RUB, TUDo or UDE")
Although doctoral studies are very similar at the three UA Ruhr universities, there are differences in detail. In this part, you will therefore be divided according to your university affiliation or your university of choice for the doctorate. You can discuss site-specific details with the respective experts from the responsible graduate institutions and clarify any questions that may have remained unanswered.

11:00–11:15 am
Coffee break

11:15 am–12:15 pm
Subject-specific panels: The doctorate as a research project ...
... in the Humanities and Social Sciences
... in Engineering and Natural Sciences

After a short introduction to the specifics of doctoral studies in the respective subject group, experienced early career researchers and experts from the graduate institutions will answer your questions. The focus will be on subject-group-specific topics.

12:15–01:30 pm
Lunch break

01:30–03:30 pm
Unterschiedliche Voraussetzungen – eine Promotion? ("Different prerequisites – a doctorate?")
This part is dedicated to the various challenges that people can encounter in the academic system and that already play a role when starting a doctorate. In three informative short presentations, invited experts will first explore the question of whether and how gender, disability, and background can affect doctoral studies. They will give tips and then answer questions from the plenary.

Our experts are:

03:30 pm
End of the first day


Wednesday, 29 March 2023

09:00 am–05.00 pm (including breaks)
Workshops taking place in parallel
Please click on the respective event title for a detailed workshop description (in German language).

WS 1: Von der Idee zum Promotionsexposé: Schreibwerkstatt (Dr. Jutta Wergen)
WS 2: Zeitmanagement in der Promotion (Dr. Alexander Egeling)
WS 3: Gute wissenschaftliche Praxis (Valentina Vasilov)
WS 4: Storytelling für Wissenschaftler*innen (Dr. Anna Kollenberg)

Donnerstag, 30. März 2023

09:00 am–05.00 pm (including breaks, workshops 7, 8 & 9: differing times)
Parallel stattfindende Workshops
Please click on the respective event title for a detailed workshop description (in German language).

WS 5: Von der Idee zum Promotionsexposé: Schreibwerkstatt (Dr. Jutta Wergen)
WS 6: Netzwerken in der Wissenschaft (Stephanie Sera)
WS 7: Präsentationstraining für Promovierende (Henrike Tönnes)
WS 8: Kommunikation, Kooperation und Konflikt in der Promotion (Dr. Alexander Egeling)
WS 9: Die Logik der eigenen Forschung begründen und erklären (Prof. Dr. Gottfried Vosgerau)
WS 10: Als Introvertierte*r in der Wissenschaft überzeugen: Ermutigungsworkshop für leise Menschen (Dr. Majana Beckmann)

To participate in the Frühjahrsakademie, please register by 12 March at*

Participation in the Frühjahrsakademie is free of charge.

Allocation of workshop places

Please note that workshop places are limited and will only be allocated after the registration deadline. You will receive an automatic email confirmation of your registration, but this is not a final confirmation of your place. We will send you more detailed information about which workshops you can attend in mid-March.

We take your university affiliation into account when allocating places, as we will divide the places as equally as possible between the three UA Ruhr universities. In case of high demand, we will set up waiting lists for the workshops.

* To provide you with a comfortable registration process, we work with our service partner, eveeno. eveeno works in accordance with the basic EU data protection regulation (DSGVO). Your data will not be passed on to third parties and will only be processed by Research Academy Ruhr/Graduate Center Plus.


If you have any questions about the Frühjahrsakademie, please contact:

Simon Kresmann
University of Duisburg-Essen
Graduate Center Plus
Berliner Platz 6–8, Room WST-A.04.08
45127 Essen
Phone: +49 (0)201 183-2015