Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program
Professional Development Program



DREAM Mentoring

The core of structured doctoral education is conceived as a professional experience acquired through the management of an original research project. Professional skills are complementary to disciplinary knowledge and will enhance the doctoral or postdoctoral student’s ability to be successful in the transition from academic to work life.

Junior researchers at Dahlem Research School benefit from a wide range of resources to enhance their academic performance and achieve their professional goals. The Professional Development Program is designed to complement the doctoral program’s academic curriculum and to provide doctoral and postdoctoral researchers with the tools necessary

  • to succeed in their research project
  • to enhance their competencies and maximize their potential, and
  • to prepare for a career in high-level international research, or as expert advisors, in academia or beyond.

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The Professional Development Program is based on the broader conception of doctoral education that Training, Coaching and Mentoring will be relevant to future careers. Our offerings focus on the following three qualification components:

  Academic Performance

Academic Performance courses are designed to provide you guidance in obtaining your doctorate and successfully navigating your academic life. On the basis of the principles of research integrity, the workshops hone your reading, writing and teaching skills and support you in publishing and presenting your research and defending your dissertation.

  Management Competencies

Management Competence courses give you the opportunity to acquire and improve additional skills that complement your academic performance and prepare you to take on responsible positions in your future career. You will find workshops focusing on a range of IT tools, support for motivating and organizing yourself, as well as strategies for improving your networking skills.

  Career Development

Each career path requires individual planning. Our program provides you with courses that support you along the way, from exploring your options and choosing a career path to applying for jobs. Other offerings give you a chance to gain new perspectives by considering economic aspects and public relations.