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Career Support (SFB1604, freshideas/, Burkhard Kuster)

Career Support

The CRC offers excellent interdisciplinary training in theory, methodology and analysis, without neglecting disciplinary research traditions and discourses and their relevance to PhD projects.

The support of early-career researchers is based on early independence and skill development. The CRC's PhD students and postdocs are actively involved in the further development of the research program and the coordination of the project areas.

PhD Students

  • Participation in the Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG) (in English)
  • Support for doctoral students by two-member supervision teams and postdocs as contact persons
  • Research colloquium and interpretation retreats
  • Participation and self-administration: election of an IRTG spokesperson, jour-fixe with IRTG management, plenary sessions for evaluation and program coordination
  • Program with thematic courses, method courses and writing workshops, PhD Spring/Summer School
  • Collaboration in the Reflexivity Lab
  • Opportunities and support for self-organized working and reading groups, lectures or further training
  • Opportunities for stays abroad
  • Program opportunities at the international IMISCOE network (e.g. PhD Academy, Buddy Program) and the Osnabrück PhD/Postdoc Career Center (ZePrOS)


  • Contribution to the theoretical work in the CRC by coordinating the joint activities within the project areas
  • Promotion of independence and participation in the self-administration of the CRC; the aim is to qualify as potential PIs for the second funding phase
  • Opportunities to gain teaching experience
  • Professional coaching as regards research, teaching, and the transfer of skills in the career development
  • Regular senior advice on prospects for academic development and professional careers
  • Opportunities for research and teaching stays abroad
  • Program opportunities at the Osnabrück PhD/Postdoc Career Center (ZePrOS)