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Graduate Academy of Heidelberg University

Academic and Professional Development

Im Neuenheimer Feld 370
Room 4
69120 Heidelberg

Dr. Melanie Niese

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We are offering a wide range of e-learning courses – please register via our database (keyword: e-learning course), if you are interested in obtaining a license for any of these courses!

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We are taking a break and will be back in fall 2023 with a range of exciting topics.



Graduate Academy Seminar Program

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The seminar program of the Graduate Academy supports doctoral candidates in developing the skills and in obtaining the qualifications necessary to successfully accomplish their dissertations and to develop professional perspectives for their career in academia or in the private sector.

Beside the open course program for which doctoral candidates can register individually, we organize courses for structured doctoral programs. These courses are provided in cooperation with collaborators at the University as well as with qualified trainers.


Further information:
► Information for structured doctoral programs
► Our collaborators
► Our trainers
► Our course archive
► German Language Course - Deutsch für NachwuchswissenschaftlerInnen





Current Course Program


Please use your Uni ID to access the new database and to register for our courses (from January 2023).


Open courses in October and November 2023


To register for a course, please first log in to the course database.


Was kann, was will ich eigentlich – Gemeinschaftliche Identifikation von Stärken zur Berufsorientierung // 30. & 31.10.2023
Tag 1: 13–17:30 Uhr Uhr / Tag 2: 9–12 Uhr; Dr. Hartmut Unger  (Coaching-Motivation-Mannheim)
Präsenz in Heidelberg
Noch keinen "Plan B" für ein Leben nach der Promotion? Starten Sie damit jetzt: zusammen mit anderen berufliche Orientierung finden. Endecken, was Sie antreibt, worin Sie stark sind, wie andere Sie sehen. In Peer Groups, Einzelarbeit und anschließendem Einzelcoaching (2 x 60min je Teilnehmer) erleben Sie neue Impulse und Methoden der Selbstorientierung.
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Time and Project Management // 14.11.2023
9 am–5 pm; Dr. Jan Stamm (impulsplus)
For most people, doing a PhD is the first major research project that they have to master on their own. There is a multitude of challenges along the way (i.e. getting smart ideas, getting along with supervisors, mastering the basics of scientific work…). A good time and project management is essential in order to set one’s focus right and use one’s time and energy in a productive and efficient way.
More information and registration


Logik und Argumentation // 16. & 17.11.2023
9–15 Uhr; Kai Hüwelmeyer  (Institut für Argumentationskompetenz)
In dem Online-Seminar werden die wichtigsten Prinzipien der Logik erarbeitet (Gültigkeit und Schlüssigkeit von Argumenten etc.). Hieraus werden Techniken zum schriftlichen und mündlichen Argumentieren abgeleitet und trainiert.
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Einführung in R // 20.–23.11.2023
9–17 Uhr / 9–12 Uhr; Andreas Wygrabek  (Data-Science-Architect)
Mit dem Fokus auf den Bereich Datenanalyse vermittelt dieser Kurs die Grundlagen in der Programmiersprache R. Von der Installation, den wesentlichen Objekttypen und Programmierbasics über einfache Analysen und Visualisierungen erhalten die Teilnehmer:innen in diesem Training alle Voraussetzungen um erste Anwendungen in R zu schreiben.
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Shared Leadership // 28. & 29.11.2023
9–16 Uhr; Dr. Jan Schmidt (janschmidt-training)
Im wissenschaftlichen Kontext kommt es immer wieder vor, dass Teams sich selber organisieren müssen. Häufig entwickeln sich dann informelle Leitungsstrukturen, die nicht autorisiert sind, oder es entsteht ein zähes diskutieren und ringen, wer denn nun welche Aufgabe übernimmt. Ein Blick auf selbstorganisierte Teams kann an dieser Stelle Abhilfe schaffen, da es in agilen Strukturen schon länger hierarchiefreie Formen der Zusammenarbeit gibt, in denen dennoch klar strukturiert und effizient gearbeitet wird.
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Registration / Cancellation


The courses are only open to doctoral students who are registered at a faculty of Heidelberg University. Doctoral students who are registered at a foreign university but are in Heidelberg temporarily for research purposes can take part in the courses if they are matriculated as a visiting student or have a visiting scholar card (the card is available at the Welcome Centre).

Registration for the courses takes place through an online form found at the end of each course description.

Registration is binding. You can cancel your registration in writing (by email) up to 14 days before the course begins without penalty. Afterwards, we will have to retain your course fee unless you can provide a doctor’s certificate in the case of illness or we can fill your place with someone from the waiting list.
Important: If you do not attend a course for which you have registered and do not let us know in advance, you will automatically be put on the waiting list when you try to register for another course. If you are absent from a course a second time without excusing yourself in advance, you will be excluded from participating in our seminar program for 6 months.
Please keep in mind that we have waiting lists for many courses. If you register for a course and then fail to attend without giving notice, your place can not be filled even though there may be another doctoral student who needed or was interested in the course.

We expect participants to be present for the entire duration of the course. Exceptions can be made only after prior consultation with the Graduate Academy. We will issue certificates of participation only to those participants who have attended at least 80% of the course.



We charge a small fee for the courses, usually in the amount of 15 Euro per course day (exceptions are possible). This is a lump-sum fee that covers the costs for refreshments and course materials, among others. Any surplus which may arise flows back into the course program.

Several weeks before the course begins, you will receive a payment request containing the pertinent bank account and reference information. We ask you to pay the fee by bank transfer within one week.

We charge different fees for the German language courses. The regulations for these courses are found in the course description.

If you have any questions or suggestions, you are welcome to contact us:

Tel.: 06221 / 54-19769

Visitors' Address:
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Im Neuenheimer Feld 370



Quality Management of the Seminar Program

The Graduate Academy ensures the high quality of the course program. For this purpose, each course is evaluated by the participants. In addition, we consider the popularity of the courses. In the case of courses organized specifically for structured doctoral programs we also take into account the feedback of the program coordinators.

Participant Feedback (Selection)

Course: Strategies for a successful doctorate

"The project structure plan helped me to get an overview of my project."

"The advice on preparing meetings was very helpful and I definitely will make use of it."

Course: Scientific Writing

"The methods helped me to clarify my aims and to structure the text."

"The discussions and the feedback gave me many ideas for improvements."


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