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SCIENTIA Qualification Programme for Postdoctoral and Habilitation Candidates

What requirements - qualifications, competencies, skills, and other performance prerequisites - are placed on a female scientist with a doctorate so that she can successfully fill a scientific leadership position after her doctorate and profitably manage the associated work tasks?

In workshops and training sessions, the postdoc programme focuses on interdisciplinary competencies such as leadership, compatibility, acquisition of third-party funding and other key areas that are required between the doctorate and habilitation (early phase). Participants also find support for their strategic career planning as leaders in perspective discussions.

Target group: female scientists with a doctorate in the postdoc phase who want to plan their further career.

Programme duration: 12 months; for successful participation in the postdoc programme you will receive a certificate from the Gender Equality Academy.


Programme Elements


Regular meetings organised by the programme management with keynote speeches to benefit your networking across the disciplines.

At additional self-organised peer group meetings, you can exchange information about the specific requirements of your career phase.


Workshops on career-relevant topics and competencies serve to provide you with additional qualifications for a career both within and outside academia.

All trainings are conducted by external trainers for your group.

Career guidance:

You will be invited to an initial personal interview before the kick-off event, in which the individual starting point as well as the goals for the programme period will be recorded.

The mid-term review also takes place in a personal interview with the programme coordinators.

In addition, you can request individual or group coaching with experienced coaches if required.

The kick-off and closing events also provide impulses for your own goal-setting work and offer an introduction to a strong network. 


To the preliminary Programme 2022-23


Application and Deadline

Information on the current SCIENTIA Postdoc Programme 20223 can be found in the PDF

Your application for participation in the SCIENTIA Postdoc Programme should include the following documents:

  • The completed application form including
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A short cover letter explaining your motivation and your goals for the programme:
    • What are my long-term professional goals?
    • What do I want to work on?
    • In which aspects do I need support?
    • What do I expect from the programme?
    • What do I want from the exchange and networking with my peers?

The personal interviews take place by appointment after the application phase.

If you have any questions, please contact the contact persons.

The application period for the coming year of the SCIENTIA Postdocs Programme has already ended.