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Pre-Doc Award

Excellence in Research and Supervision: Promoting a New Generation of Researchers

Jan Woitas

One of the many responsibilities of postdocs is mentoring and supervising doctoral candidates. The Pre-Doc Award aims to advance young scholars, to improve the mentoring and supervisory skills of postdocs, and to stimulate innovative research.

The Pre-Doc Award offers promising pre-doctoral candidates and postdocs an opportunity to work in tandem on a research project. The goal of this collaboration is for the pre-doctoral candidate to have produced a successful scholarship application for doctoral studies and/or for the postdoc to have developed a successful application for third-party funding, including a doctoral position.  As a result, qualified graduate students are able to transition quickly and with financial security to the doctoral phase. The award consists in providing employment in the form of a 19-hour per week position as a research assistant (Wissenschafliche Hilfskraft, WHK). 

The Pre-Doc Award was introduced as part of the effort to implement the staff development concept adapted by Leipzig University in May 2017. In addition to facilitating the transition of graduate students to doctoral studies, participation also strengthens the career prospects of postdocs that are on the way to academic independence, by providing them with crucial experience mentoring and supervising dissertation projects.

The award is coordinated by the Research Academy Leipzig.

Pre-Doc-Award 2019: Submissions now possible

After successful testing, the Pre-Doc Award goes into a new round. The rectorate decided on 11 October 2018 a continuation. The start of funding of the projects is scheduled for March 2019.
Submissions of projects are possible from now until 14 December 2018.

Here you will find the call for submissions and a guideline with further information, which you should be aware of.