The Pre-Doc Award combines two goals: the advancement of research and the cultivation of a new generation of researchers. The fifteen selected projects embody the diverse research being carried out today at Leipzig University.
The Kick-Off-Event, November 2017
“2 Presentation Slides, 3 Questions, 4 Minutes” – Using this format the 15 winning 2-person teams (each made up of one doctoral candidate and one postdoc) introduced themselves, their topics, and their project plans. The event was held on 14 November 2017 at the ‘Villa Tillmanns’. The Chancellor of Leipzig University Professor Birgit Dräger and the Vice-Rector for Research and Young Academics Professor Erich Schröger were there to introduce the new programme.
Final Symposium in June 2018
The 15 selected 2-person teams presented their research and funding results at a final symposium held on 5 June 2018 at ‘Villa Tillmanns’ (click here for the English translation of this article). 12 of the 15 teams had already submitted grant applications and four had already received funding acceptance letters. University President Professor Beate Schücking, the Chancellor Birgit Dräger, and the Vice-Rector for Research and Young Academics Erich Schröger all gave positive assessments of the pilot Pre-Doc Award programme. In addition, the pre-doctoral students and postdocs who participated described it as an effective means of securing funding.