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Die Graduiertenschule LEAD
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Opportunities for graduate and postdoctoral students

The integrated research and training program of LEAD

The training program at LEAD

LEAD offers an English, three-year graduate program which combines contents and methods of research with professional transdisciplinary skills. With its postdoctoral program, LEAD also provides career opportunities for young researchers beyond their PhD.

PhD Training Program

PhD students within LEAD profit from a structured PhD training program featuring a broad variety of obligatory and non-obligatory, individual training components. The program focuses on three areas of competence: content and methods of research, plus professional transdisciplinary skills.

Obligatory Training Components

  • One PhD training retreat (2-3 days) per semester with presentations on the progress of the Dissertation.
  • The weekly LEAD Colloquium with regular presentations on the progess of the Dissertation.
  • The LEAD Lecture Series featuring distinguished international guests from all intersections ca. fortnightly during each semester.
  • The weekly introductory LEAD Seminar Series on the six core research fields of LEAD during the first two semesters of the program.
  • The weekly seminar on Research and Practice in the third semester.

Non-obligatory, Individual Training Components

  • According to individual needs and recommendations by the supervisory team, LEAD PhD candidates may attend other content courses.
  • Method-on-demand workshops offer tailored support for the use of innovative research techniques.
  • "Meet the expert" sessions feature unique opportunities to talk to authorities of the LEAD research fields and benefit from their external view on, e.g., dissertation topics.
  • The Graduate Academy and the Office of Academic Instruction of the University of Tübingen offer a large variety of courses in transdisciplinary skills like academic writing, scientific publication and presentation, project management, academic instruction, leadership skills, acquisition of third-party funding, etc.

Postdoctoral Program

An important characteristic of the LEAD Graduate School is that it provides career opportunities for young researchers beyond the doctoral level.
Implementation measures include:
  • systematic inclusion in doctoral supervision within the apprenticeship model,
  • specific workshops at the post-doc level,
  • participation in LEAD retreats,
  • use of the PIs' broad international networks,
  • and the possibility to apply for intramural LEAD funds.

Furthermore, LEAD postdocs benefit from the close cooperation with one of the few international postdoc programs Pathways to Adulthood (PATHWAYS), which provides an international network fostering intensive collaboration among high potential young researchers from around the world. PATHWAYS examines educational transitions in different education systems and implements an innovative training program (including lab rotations and two platform meetings with a team of supervisors per year) for its post-doc students.

Preparation for the post-doc phase starts at the transition meeting 9 months before completion of the doctorate.

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