The Graduate Academy supports postdoctoral scholars (postdocs) in all general, non-research related issues such as University administrative procedures, immigration issues, and topics related to daily life in Heidelberg and Germany. We consider postdocs to be young researchers who completed their doctorate not more than three years ago.
Postdocs who are interested in professional and academic development opportunities should look into the services of the Hochschulsdidaktisches Zentrum (Center for Academic Instruction). Although their web site is primarily in German, you can find a list of their English-language workshops for 2009 here.
The contact information for the Center’s representative in Heidelberg can be found here.
The Heidelberg University Personnel Department also offers a wide spectrum of professional development seminars, many of which are aimed at young researchers. A list of the current seminar program (in German only) can be found here.
If you have questions regarding research funding, please contact the Dezernat für Forschung and Projektmanagement (Department for Research and Project Management), whose staff can provide information about funding agencies and projects. An overview of the Department’s staff, their contact information and their areas of responsibility can be found here. As the web site of the Department is in Germany only, please feel free to contact the staff directly for more information in English. There is more information about funding for research abroad as well as for participation in conferences and workshops here.