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Links on the postdoctoral period

By Birk Grüling

academics.com has compiled a selection of up-to-date links relating to the topic of being a postdoc.

Links on the postdoctoral period© Lise Gagne - iStockphoto.comLinks on the postdoctoral period
Federal Report on the Promotion of Young Researchers Bundesbericht zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses; (available in German only)
The Federal Report on the Promotion of Young Researchers examines the current conditions for young researchers in Germany and identifies new developments and possible courses of action.

The KISSWIN portal is a communications and information platform for young researchers from all fields and departments. The portal's creation was prompted by the Federal Report on the Promotion of Young Researchers. Government support for the portal has recently come to an end, but the site will continue to be maintained.

Thesis is an interdisciplinary network of doctoral students and PhD holders in Germany. The network is organised into regional meet-up groups as well as one community. The association aims to facilitate communication between early-career researchers.
www.thesis.de (in German)

German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (Deutscher Hochschulverband - DHV)
As the representative body for academics in Germany, the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers also supports the interests of young scholars, for example in the form of coaching or legal advice.

German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft - DFG)
The German Research Foundation is the central organisation providing funding for research at universities and publicly financed institutions in Germany. The DFG website provides useful information and advice on funding programmes for young academics.

German Education Union (Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft - GEW)
In addition to representing the interests of teaching staff and educators, the German Education Union also represents researchers. The GEW website offers useful information on matters of interest to postdocs and also provides an overview of the job situation and funding programmes.
www.gew.de/PostDocs2.html (in German)

Scholarship database of the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst - DAAD)
The DAAD's free scholarship database provides an extensive overview of the international funding programmes available to scholars.

European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (Kooperationsstelle EU der Wissenschaftsorganisationen)
KoWI is the joint service platform of the German research organisations united in the "Association for the Promotion of European and International Cooperation in Science e.V.". The organisation provides advice and a wide range of useful information to young scholars interested in carrying out research abroad. KoWI also regularly organises lectures and events on the subject of "Research in the EU".

European Science Foundation
The European Science Foundation is an independent, international foundation dedicated to the promotion of research. The ESF focuses primarily on basic research. The ESF also supports research projects by means of various small scholarship programmes, for example for research trips and visits.

Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (Institut für Forschungsinformationen und Qualitätssicherung - iFQ).
The Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance provides empirical studies and findings related to research in Germany, including those on the situation for postdocs.

Euraxess Germany database
Euraxess Germany is directed at young researchers in Europe. The portal contains practical information regarding professional as well as daily life and offers a large database with job and funding opportunities.

Research in Germany
Research in Germany helps researchers who come directly to Germany after completing their doctorates. The site contains useful information on funding for postdocs at university, research institutes and in German industry.

academics :: May 2012