Career Paths in Academia: (Funding) Opportunities for Postdocs

Career Paths in Academia: (Funding) Opportunities for Postdocs05.03.2024 13:00 - 15:30 (Tue)onlineTiffany Paulisch
National funding, postdoc support, career strategies
Course Description: 

It is well known that pursuing a career in academia can be tedious and many young researchers continue their career beyond a doctorate without being aware of the career system. They are expected to raise third-party funds, but are not given any advice and training on how to apply for these funds.

In this workshop, you will get an overview of the largest funding organizations in Germany and the third party funding system, as well as general insights in the career paths at a university. The workshops aims at early career researchers and doctoral candidates who want to gain insight into the system and prepare for their first application in Germany.

Course aims: 
  • Participants know research support and career services offered by the TUM Office for Research and Innovation (TUM ForTe), in particular by its National Research Support team and TUM Talent Factory, and other support structures at TUM.
  • Participants understand an academic career system in Germany (e.g. from a postdoc position through research group leader to a professorship)
  • Participants know funding options for postdocs, main German funding organizations and their programs.
  • Participants know sources and tools to identify calls for proposals for third-party funding.
Teaching methods: 

Lecture, discussion, Q&A

This course fits doctoral candidates in the following phase: 

At the end of the doctorate

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Technical requirements: 

Laptop/tablet with stable internet connection, microphone, webcam, Zoom (in most cases).

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Additional information: 

The workshop addresses funding programs suitable for doctoral researchers in their final year and early-career postdocs.

Please note: The zoom link will be provided by the TUM Talent Factory Team. Please check your spam folder in case you do not receive any e-mail.

What participants say about this course: 
  • Information on how an academic career in Germany works.
  • It was very practical and detailed.
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Tiffany Paulisch

Tiffany Paulisch: National Research Support at TUM Talent Factory