Blog of the Doctoral Candidates’ Representatives at the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg


Call Emerging Talents Initiative: Apply until 11th September

A new call for applications for the young researchers‘ programme Emerging Talents Initiative (ETI) has just started – the deadline is 11th September 2019. The programme offers excellent young FAU researchers support to apply to an external funding provider within the funding period (12 months), for example the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) or the European Research Council (ERC). The maximum amount of funding is 15,000 euros. Within this budget, postdoctoral researchers may apply for any measures required to prepare their application for third-party funding, such as staff costs, consumables or travel expenses. Additionally, the programme includes courses of the Graduate Centre (e.g. on applying for third-party funding), a network of young researchers and advice from an experienced mentor.

The programme targets postdoctoral researchers at the beginning of their career whose experience and research profile show potential for a career in research. “Emerging talents” can apply up to six years after completing their doctoral degree. Applicants should neither have completed their habilitation nor their intermediary evaluation for junior professorship. During the ETI funding period they must be employed at FAU. We particularly welcome applications from female researchers and “first-time applicants”. Young researchers from the Faculty of Medicine are not eligible to apply as the Faculty offers its own corresponding programmes (e.g. ELAN/IZKF-first-time applicant programme).

All information and application documents can be found on the ETI homepage. Please contact F 3 with any questions (contact: Dr. Anne Buhmann, 09131-85-26344).

Critical Mass at FAU on 7th of July – Knowledge in Motion – Cycling Tour

On 7th of July we invite you to cycle between various sites of our FAU to demonstrate the worrying situation of buildings at all our faculties. Our aim is to raise public awareness about the worrisome situation. If you are motivated for a long cycling tour, you can meet in Nuremberg, Campus Regensburger Straße at 3:30 pm, departure by bike at 4:15 pm. Alternatively, you can join at WiSo (Lange Gasse 20) at 4:30 pm or 6:00 pm at TechFak near Tentoria. There will be a break with drinks, snacks and live music. At 7:00 pm we will continue to PhilFak (Amphitheater), where we will find a wall for graffiti. Our last destination will be the Schloss Erlangen.

Secondly, if you want to contribute directly, there is a bank account for donations to install electrical power plugs in our central library and update our computer rooms. Bank transfers to Bayerische Landesbank München, IBAN: DE66 7005 0000 0301 2792 80, BIC: BYLADEMMXXX, reason for transfer: 0002.0175.5190.

Questions Concerning the Elections? Get-Together on 30th of April!

In Mai and June are the elections at our FAU. Students, employees, professors and doctoral candidates elect their representatives. Since we are your current elected doctoral candidates’ representatives, we wish to answer all your questions about how our universities‘ democracy works and how we all can participate. An overview about us is given here. For detailed information about our tasks, projects, committees, commissions, etc. contact us via mail or ask us directly at our Get-Together in the pub Pleitegeier (Hauptstraße 100, 91054 Erlangen), starting at 7 p.m. We are looking forward to discuss with you about your life at FAU in order to contribute to a supporting and pleasant environment for your reasearch.

P.S. Sorry for the mistake in our mail, the get-together is on Tuesday, 30th of April, not Wednesday!

Get Together on 11th of February

We warmly invite you to a Get Together evening of all graduate students of the FAU on Monday, 11th of February 07:30 PM in the pub StarClub (Stubenlohstraße 25, 91052 Erlangen). It’s a good opportunity to meet fellow doctoral candidates from other disciplines and most importantly spend a wonderful evening. No registration needed.

If you have any questions concerning the Get Together or about your doctoral process in general, we are looking forward to help you. In case you have ideas or wishes for additional PhD Get Togethers we are looking forward to hear from you or just drop an e-mail directly with

Enrollment for Doctoral Candidates | Immatrikulation zum Promotionsstudium

Doctoral Candidates at the FAU can enrol as students. This costs semester fees of 116 Euros, but we benefit from discounts in the universities canteens or the Semesterticket, for instance. More information about how to enrol, can be found here.
The re-registration starts on 1. of February, so don’t forget to transfer this sum in time, if you want to stay enrolled. Usually the enrolment for doctoral candidates is limited to 6 terms. However, if there any problems or if you reach the 6 semester limit, free to contact us – we will help you.

Invitation to Feedback Meeting for Doctoral Candidates and PhD Students at the Faculty of Engineering

To address recent developments at the Faculty of Engineering, we invite all doctoral candidates and PhD students at the Faculty of Engineering to a feedback meeting. Especially formal regulations about how to use own publications in doctoral theses is an urgent but not yet consensual answered question. Hence, we would like to discuss the following issues with you:
– How to cite your own papers in your thesis: What is the current situation and what solution should we pursue?
– Cumulative Theses: Not permitted at our faculty yet, but it is worthwhile?
– Industry financed „scholarships“ instead of employments: Is it a problem at the Faculty of Engineering?
– The formal regulations for your thesis & defense?

When: Thursday, 22nd of November 2018, starting at 18:00
Where: K1, Erwin-Rommel-Straße 60, 91058 Erlangen

We are looking forward to a vivid discussion. No registration needed. If you have any questions and suggestions, please contact us!

Registration for FAU Graduates Centers Seminars starts on 1st of October

The new seminar program of the FAU Graduate Centre is online and registration will be available from 9 am on Monday, 1 October 2018. You can find all relevant information here:

If you have any suggestions and wishes for further seminar topics, let us or the Graduate Centre know. We discuss the program regularly and try the best to adapt it to the doctoral candidates’ demands.

New Elected Doctorate Representatives Ready to Start

Doctorate representatives 2018/2019 and vice president Prof. Paulsen after the meeting at 23th of July.

This week the new elected doctorate representatives prepared the upcoming term 10/2018 – 09/2019 by sending out the new members in committees and electing the chairpersons. The meeting was launched by vice president Prof. Paulsen and assisted by Dr. Schmitt-Engel from the Graduate Centre. We are looking forward to the new term in which we want to improve the contact between doctorate students by offering more social activities for doctorate candidates. Moreover, we will continue working on upcoming changes in the doctoral regulations and on improving our visibility inside the FAU. If you have any suggestions, problems or hints concerning the way to the doctoral degree, we will take care. Contact: