Introduction to the German Education System, Research Careers and Sources of Funding

Course Type: Information session
Target Group: Doctoral researchers and postdoctoral researchers
Continuing your academic career in a new country always raises a lot of questions. The goal of this seminar is to give an overview of the German education and higher education system as well as to provide you with the most important information on academic careers in Germany.
The seminar is divided into two parts. You are free to join one or both parts of the workshop.
In the first part of the course, a general introduction is given to the German education system and intercultural insights into Germany will be shared. In the second part of the course, specific information for an academic career for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers will be given and funding programs that target junior researchers from abroad will be introduced. This comprehensive information session will support your successful start in Germany.
Contents in brief:
Part I:
- Structures and institutions of the German education and higher education system
- Structures and support services at the University of Konstanz
- Intercultural insights into Germany
Part II:
- Academic careers at the doctoral and postdoctoral level
- Funding schemes at the University of Konstanz and external funding organizations

Dr. Anja Eisesnbeiß, University of Konstanz

Art historian. Consultant in the Research Support Unit at the University of Konstanz. Studied European History of Art, Classical Archaeology, Philosophy and Romance Studies at the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg. Academic assistant at the Department of Art History Heidelberg, member of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”. Work areas: consultancy and support regarding application and research of funding opportunities.
Dr. Anke Hagedorn, University of Konstanz
Historian. Acting Director of the Welcome Centre at the University of Konstanz. Studied at the University of Freiburg, Doctorate in History from the University of Konstanz. Several years of experience as a journalist at Deutsche Welle Radio and Television and as an EU and NATO correspondent in Brussels. Lecturer for journalism and political science at the SAL-School (School of Applied Linguistics) in Zurich. Work areas: support in all non-academic affairs for international researchers.
Dipl.-Psych. Silke Hell, University of Konstanz
Psychologist and systemic coach; Consultant in the Academic Staff Development Unit, University of Konstanz. Longstanding experience as director of the Career Center at the Universität Hohenheim, career consultant and trainer for doctoral students, specialists and executive staff. Consultant at the “Büro für Berufsstrategie” in Stuttgart. Expert on professional careers and application training at the Beck-Wirtschaftsverlag. Lecturer at various universities, most recently at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, north-western Switzerland FHNW. Work area: career development for doctoral students.
Mirjam Müller, M. A., University of Konstanz
Historian and slavist; systemic coach, Consultant in the Academic Staff Development Unit at the University of Konstanz. Several years of professional experience in higher education management at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, personal assistant to the vice president of research, managing director of the Humboldt Graduate School. Teaching activities at Klaipeda University, Lithuania. Working experience as team leader for quality assurance in a medium sized business. Certified instructor for Success Teams after Barbara Sher. Author of several career guides for postdocs. Work areas: career development and human resources development for postdoctoral researchers.