Graduate School & Postgraduate Program


The Graduate School & Postgraduate Program aim to develop cfaed´s PhD students, Postdocs, Research Group Leaders, and young Professors into innovative minds, groundbreaking reseachers, and inspiring educators. 



Participation in the program ensures that cfaed scientist will be equipped with the academic knowledge and career management skills to be successful either in a scientific career or within industry, depending on individual ambitions and potential. From one-to-one meetings with mentors to regular feedback sessions with advice on a long-term career plan, the program gives ample opportunity to shape individual career paths.

The structured Graduate School & Postgraduate Program consist of four main aspects. 

(I) Individual Development Reviews

(II) Training Modules 

(III) Career Events 

(IV) Grant Program


Individual Development Review

The Individual Development Reviews aim at supporting and encouraging young scientists to reflect on their current projects and the development of their career. Two forms of reviews have been developed for the different stages of our scientist: 

  • The Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) is dedicated to PhD students and helps them to monitor and evaluate the progress of their research project. The TAC comprises three supervisors and meets at least once per year. One of the supervisors acts as peer reviewer throughout the PhD period. 
  • The Career Development Review (CDR) applies to for all Research Group Leaders (RGLs) and Postdocs (optional basis). Two supervising professors and the cfaed Career Development Director participate in this annual meeting and provide the RGLs/Postdocs with independent opinions about their scientific and personal progress. Recommendations for further improvement in the areas of scientific visibility and involvement, individual trainings, supervision, third party funding, mobility as well as personal and communication skills are provided to the RGLs/Postdocs. Senior researchers of cfaed have shared their experiences to support the RGLs/Postdocs by communicating clearly the essential requirements for climbing up the academic career ladder and becoming a professor. 

Training Modules

Our cfaed Training Modules aim at providing additional competencies and professional orientation. Topics of the workshops target the specific needs of the Clusters’ young scientists that are discussed  during the TACs and CDRs. The trainers are chosen carefully by the Career Development Team and  must meet several requirements, e.g., proficiency of English, academic AND industry background/experience. Regular workshops on Career Development & Entrepreneurialism, Science & Research, Management & Leadership, Communication & Interpersonal Skills are organized. 

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Grants Program

Our cfaed Grants Program offers a variety of additional resources that may - individually or in combination - help to develop your personal and professional profile. For more information on calls, please follow our website.

  • INSPIRE Grant
  • Mentoring Grant
  • Seed Grant