Graduate Schools & Research Training

Groups & Networks

(International) Research Training Groups (Graduiertenkollegs der DFG - GKs) and Networks (EU) are an alternative to the traditional form of individual doctoral supervision: Research Training Groups (Graduiertenkollegs-GK) are temporary and thematically-focused institutions established at universities to promote young graduates by enabling them to participate in research (research-oriented integration of research and training). A Research Training Group (GK) is generally made up of 10 to 15 university teachers and up to 30 doctoral students, of which 12 to 15 receive a DFG fellowship.

Collaborative Research Centres

Collaborative Research Centres (Sonderforschungsbereiche - SFB) are long-term research facilities at universities in which scientists and researchers collaborate within the scope of a cross-disciplinary research program. They are supported by the DFG, the German Research Foundation. The so-called "Independent Junior Research Groups" work within the scope of the collaborative Research Centres as an alternative form of the programme, enabling young scientists and researchers to spend a limited time period doing independent research (funding requires scientific excellence).

Graduate Schools

These promote highly qualified scientists and researchers from home and abroad under optimal conditions in accordance with the Anglo-American model. The Graduate Schools offer structured doctoral training in the form of (research-focused) doctoral studies, intensive individual supervision of doctoral thesis / dissertation projects as well as preparing doctoral students for positions in interdisciplinary and international research contexts. Interdisciplinary collaboration among several faculties and an international orientation (largely English-instructed courses) are its features. Graduate Schools, in contrast to the Research Training Groups, (Graduiertenkollegs = temporary institutions) aim to become a firm part of the respective university an so to make a sustainable contribution to structure-building in research and teaching.

Graduate School Mathematics as a Key Technology

Graduate School Commercial Vehicle Technology



Learn more about Research Training, Graduate Schools and coordinated Research opportunities at RPTU:

Coordinated Research 

ISGS (RefIntA)-Flyer "Reasearch Training"

Here you can find information about

- DFG International Research Training Groups 

- DFG Collaborative Research Centers

- Projects funded by European Programs

- RPTU Profile Areas

...and more.

Network for the promotion of young scientists!

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