New Doctoral Representative Body in Bavaria

In June, the doctoral representations of Bavaria have joined forces and founded the Network of doctoral representatives in Bavaria (LaProBay). This network consists of the doctoral representative bodies from the universities in Bayreuth, Erlangen-Nürnberg, München (TU), Regensburg, and Würzburg. LaProBay will speak up and fight to improve the situation of doctoral candidates across Bavaria and beyond. Stay tuned for more information!

Call Emerging Talents Initiative: Apply until 15th of September 2021

A new call for applications for the young researchers’ programme Emerging Talents Initiative (ETI) has just started – the deadline is 15th of September 2021.

Once again, excellent young researchers can apply for a one-year grant of up to €15,000. Within this framework, they can flexibly apply for all measures needed to prepare an external funding application (e.g. personnel resources, consumables, travel expenses). In addition, they can take advantage of various further training and networking opportunities.

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 4 years after completing their doctoral degree. We particularly welcome applications from female researchers and “first-time applicants”.

Application form for Emerging Talents Initiative with deadline 15th of September 2021 (funding beginning: 15th of January 2022).

All information about the program can be found on the ETI homepage. Please contact S-Research with any questions.

New Promovierendenkonvent constituted for the term 2021/21

After the results of the general elections have been evaluated, the new Promovierendenkonvent (doctoral candidates’ representatives) was now constituted by our vice president Prof. Paulsen. The new representatives (picture) are looking forward to represent you in the different committees of our universites and to fulfil you needs and wishes.

From left to right: Timo Eckstein, Ingrid Zahn, Florian Nicolai, Phillip Raffeck, Julia Herrmann and Jannik Alomo (not in the picture)

FAU’s University Elections

From June 15 to 22 all doctoral candidates can vote for their representatives. For the first time, the elections are being conducted electronically. Take this opportunity to support your representatives. Each vote counts!

Please find more information about the candidates here on our blog!

For general information please check the Elections Office’s website (

Applications open for a new blended-learning programme: From Scientists to Innovators for Industry – Sci Fi 2021

Dear doctoral candidates,

the FAU is currently searching for reseachers interested in a blended-lerning-programe. Please find below the following information from the Central Institute of Medical Engineering:


Calling young scientists with a PhD / Postdoc in healthcare (med, pharma, medtech)

From Scientists to Innovators for Industry (Sci Fi) is a three-month blended learning programme geared towards scientists with a PhD / Postdoc in healthcare wanting to transition from academic research to the medtech / pharma industry.

We have teamed up with a large consortium of academic and industry partners to offer a programme that will equip participants with crucial skills needed in an industry setting.

The programme runs from September to December 2021 and offers:

    1. 7 online learning modules in soft skills, creative skills and business skills
    2. 3 modules in industry-specific skills (IP, Medical Device Regulation and Digital Transformation)
    3. Webinars with Q&A and assignments
    4. Teamwork: developing a solution to a real-life industry case (pitch at final event)
    5. Mentoring from industry experts
    6. 3 events with workshops and networking with industry

Depending on time commitment the programme offers two tracks of learning: a Full Programme and also a Light Programme.

For further information please visit:

Applications are open till the 30.06.2021

Coordinator FAU:

Election of the Promovierendenkonvent 2021 – Become a candidate soon!

As your representatives we are actively shaping the university politics! In our work, we want to constantly change and improve the situation of doctoral candidates. For this purpose we are active members of several committees of the university and are also interconnected with all important decision makers. We are working on exciting projects and events such as active networking and exchange at the state and federal level. The Promovierendenkonvent is always characterized by teamwork and interdisciplinary exchange among doctoral candidates in order to achieve our goals.

You have now the chance to join us and to become a representative of the doctoral candidates soon! Please find all necessary information here [1]. A timetable for the election can be found here [2]. The election period is one year, lasting from October 21 until September 22.

If you have any questions about the elections themselves or what we are doing specifically, please feel free to contact us. Get active, become a candidate for the representatives!



New Doctoral Regulations for the Faculty of Medicine

If you are planning to do your doctorate at the faculty of medicine (, there are some new doctoral regulations. Most importantly, a provisional admission to a doctorate is now possible before graduation. In addition, the time limit for evaluation has been shortened to two months. For further information concerning additional changes see [1].

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at at any time!


New Doctoral Regulations for the Faculty of Engineering

As you may have heard through the university’s mailing lists, new doctoral regulations have been approved at the Faculty of Engineering.

At the Faculty of Engineering now exists a separate Doctoral Examinations Board [1], which handles doctoral affairs previously handled by the Faculty Council.

Besides that, the biggest change is, that it is now, as at most of the other faculties, possible to hand in a cumulative thesis. Details can be found in the official document [2], but to sum it up: You’ll need the approval of your supervisor and at least three publications, in which you were the main contributor. Additionally, your co-authors have to sign a form [3] that they indeed see you as the primary contributor. Note that if you hand in a monograph that shows cumulative aspects, you may be required to provide these forms as well. Further explanations can be found in the official handout [4].

If you don’t want to be subject to the new Doctoral Regulations, you can finish your doctoral degree according to the previous regulations [5]. For this, you have to hand in a written and signed declaration at the Office of Doctoral Affairs by 30.04.2021. This declaration should state that you want to finish your doctoral degree under the regulations in the version of 18.08.2017, a short one-liner suffices.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at at any time!