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How to "quit" DFG Eigene Stelle and transfer the funding to another person?

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), which funds most basic research in Germany, has a grant program that funds a temporary position ("Eigene Stelle") for novice principal ...
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working as lab Engineer in Germany

I got employed as a lab engineer In a university of applied sciences in germany. I originally come from Egypt. I'm very highly qualified and hold a PhD from the United States , in addition to years in ...
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MD + B.S in CS vs. MD/PhD [closed]

I am from Germany and going to University this year. I am currently undecided between studying Medicine and at the same time doing a Bachelor in Computer Science. The other option would be doing a MD/...
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How can you handle your professor not doing his job (as a postdoc)?

For the past two years, I have been working as a postdoc under a new German professor with what I consider to be an atrocious work ethic: His presence on campus is limited only to when in-person ...
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Can someone work part-time elsewhere and also full-time as PhD student (in Germany and Poland)?

Can a full-time Ph.D. student legally work in a private company, and draw the stipend from the university and the salary from the job at the same time? I am interested to know the regulations of ...
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Job Titles at German Universities - Proper English Counterparts?

At universities in Germany, there are the following standardized job titles that I find difficult to express in English in a useful manner: Studentische Hilfskraft: a student who does not yet hold a ...
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I have a supervisor for an individual Phd in germany. What now? [duplicate]

I applied for a scholarship waiting for its result. I also found a part-time teaching job. I am a bit confused about this process because all the other Ph.D. programs I applied for required me to ...
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Going for Masters in Germany after being a Research Student in Japan [closed]

I am enrolled as a Research Student in Japan. I am still in my home-country, planning to come to Japan at the end of May 2022. My Research Studentship will valid till August 2022. On the other hand, I ...
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Dual job within German university with 25% contract

If someone currently working 100% with employer 1 in a public job. Is it possible to get employed by a university or public organisation (employer 2) with 25% or 35% contract after having a Master's ...
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Do German universities allow work as a Research Assistant in an another foreign country? [closed]

Let say I am enrolled as a master student at X university in Germany. At the same time I am working as an RA at Y university in Japan. Is it allowed by German law?
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Difficult exam and no correlation with lectures and assignments

So there's a Statistics exam in my Uni (in Germany). It's more of an application to Surveying. The Prof. who teaches this class gives really easy assignments which made me believe the exam would be in ...
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What is the best way to approach professors in Europe about the possibility of an internship (as an unfunded, international student)?

I live in an Asian country and completed my master's in Math in June 2020. I want to do a PhD in Europe, but I have had some difficulties in finding a suitable position. I do not believe doing a PhD ...
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How to overcome lack of motivation and improve focus [duplicate]

2 weeks ago I just started a phd abroad (Germany) and I am Brazilian. Previously I was in job that bored me to death and I chose to leave it and come to Germany to live my dream and do a PhD. However, ...
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Influence of Habilitation's field of study on the Professorship

Suppose person X did Bachelors, Masters, PhD, and postdoc in Physics. Then, X wants to start a Habilitation. Although the work will be relevant to Physics, the supervising professor is officially a ...
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Getting a job in Germany as a fresh university graduate (Bachelor of Arts - Anglistics) [closed]

everyone! My wife and I just recently moved to Germany (November last year) from Serbia and ever since then, we've been on the hunt for new opportunities! My wife pretty easily got through the ...
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Why are low pass rates (below 50%) for exams considered acceptable in Germany?

The Law Stack Exchange question “Can you take action against a miserable pass-rate of an exam?” is about an exam at a German university where: The first exam had a failure-rate of 58% (265 ...
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How to have more fun with my female students? [closed]

It's a couple of years that I have moved to Europe and working here as a research group leader. In my home country in Latin America, we are much more relaxed in our interactions with each other and ...
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Not citing the methods in the grant proposal [closed]

Last year, I wrote a proposal for DFG, a German body funding, with my colleague and we got money to hire three PhD students on my side, and two on my colleague’s side in another university. In the ...
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TVöD rank for an engineer in Germany

I am a French citizen currently employed by an Institute part of the Helmholtz association. I had been looking forward to starting this position for a while and was a bit in a rush when signing my ...
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Why would a German state-funded PhD training program exclude master degree holders from applying?

I have come across this iGRAD-Plant PhD program for early career scientists in plant biology, which is a joint effort of the Heinrich Heine University, Research Center Jülich and the Graduate Program ...
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Visiting lectures in German Universities

I want to know whether I can visit lectures in German universities as a listener (without being enrolled at the uni). For example, I wish to study in Heidelberg University but want to talk to the ...
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Benefit of paying for ZAB recognition of PhD in Germany?

So I've been working at a German university as a Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin for a year now, and whilst I was here I completed my UK-based PhD. I've recently just received my certificate from my ...
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What to do about this incident as a PhD student? [closed]

I am from a marginalized community in my country whose religion X is persecuted in my home country (which is in Asia). Now, I am in my first year of PhD study in math in a top university in Germany ...
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How do I know which universities in Germany have higher external research funding?

How can I know which universities receive greater investment from industry for research purposes? My major is Computer Science or Informatik, and specifically need this data for Germany. I am going ...
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Is 600 hours of teaching per year a lot in Germany? What does it look like?

As a professor at a university of applied science in Germany, is 600 hours of teaching considered a lot? What does it look like? The job description says: Die Arbeitszeit beträgt grundsätzlich 40 ...
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Is postdoc stipend taxable in Germany?

I will have a postdoc fellowship in Germany with a stipend contract, not a working contract. Therefore, I won't have the pension or other social benefits. Health insurance is paid by the organization ...
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Can I include Figures and Texts from IEEE/ACM publications in my PhD thesis?

I am currently writing my Ph.D. thesis. The thesis is in computer science specifically the data science domain. The thesis will be based on my 8 first-authored publications in IEEE, ACM and springer. ...
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How to make sure that the Selection Committee made fair decision for a Postdoc position?

I have applied for a postdoc position in October 2021 by sending my application to the responsible professor by email (as it's the only way to apply) as announced in the poster (in Germany). I got an ...
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Are German university of applied sciences (Fachhochschule) Bachelor degrees recognized in US UK NZ or Australia?

I'm a prospective student looking to apply for an electrical engineering course (in English) at Karlsrhuhe, Rhine-Waal and Ravensburg-Weingarten universities of applied sciences. After doing a little ...
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Can I apply for a master's degree in Germany after repeating my second year in bachelor?

I failed my fourth semester in applied mathematics bachelor degree because of depression. So I'll be obtaining my bachelor diploma in 4 years instead of 3 years. Would I be able to apply for a master'...
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Could taking a post-doctoral position actually hurt my future career?

I would like to briefly explain my situation: I am currently a doctoral student at a German university of applied sciences in a small but growing institute (with a relatively good working climate). I ...
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I got rejected for my PhD application to a German university, but the university informed me of another PhD hiring. Is it a positive sign?

Last year, I applied for a research assistant position at a German university in the STEM field aimed at a PhD degree. I prepared all the documents required, including recommendation letters from ...
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Is it possible to achieve tenure in Germany as a postdoctoral researcher, funded 100% by the German research foundation?

The German Research Foundation (DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) is a funding body that funds fundamental research in Germany. The DFG has a following rule (100% rule from now on): if a person ...
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Can I publish while doing an internship at a company if I did that research before starting the internship?

I’m currently doing research at my University in Spain, and soon I will leave to do an internship in Germany at a company (one among Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google) on a related topic. ...
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How should I answer questions about what I'm "expecting from my PhD" and "what I'll do after my PhD"? [closed]

I am in the fourth semester of my master's in a poor Asian country and want to do a PhD in pure mathematics in France or Germany. I am asking how should I answer these two probable questions in my PhD ...
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My relationship with my supervisor has turned bad and she does not respond to my emails. Can I defend my thesis elsewhere in Germany?

I am in the last semester of my PhD. in Germany and my professor did not extend my job contract. I am an international student and my stay is guaranteed by a residence permit here. Due to the visa ...
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Is it common and a good idea to give PhD candidates access to examiners’ assessments prior to their defense?

At my university (in Germany), a discussion is going on for some months. The issue is that some (professors and PhD students) want to establish a policy that, prior to the oral defense of their PhD ...
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Does being a native speaker of a language and having experience in academia substitute for a Ph.D. in cultural studies?

I have a friend from Germany who was a foreign exchange student in the US for a couple of years. She has a master's degree in Political Science from a German university and several years of experience ...
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Should I follow up with this professor?

I emailed a Prof. in Germany my CV and my research interests and that I want to discuss PhD research opportunities with him. His reply was the following: Thank you very much for your message and your ...
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Interrupting a German research fellowship

I am going to accept a research fellowship in Germany for the duration of 24 months. In the Guideline, it is written that (in English) Interruption to take advantage of another fellowship in Germany ...
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Can I have holidays during a von Humboldt research fellowship?

I am reading the Guidelines and Information of the Research Fellowships of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/fileadmin/Bewerben/Foerderung_waehrend_Aufenthalt/...
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about the number of recommendation letters

I submitted the required documents in order to apply for a postdoc position in Germany. In the application form they had asked for at least two referee's contact details. I put the details of two ...
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What to consider when signing up for VG Wort?

I am a German citizen and have published my PhD thesis this year and am thus thinking of signing a contract (“Wahrnehmungsvertrag”) with VG Wort. Essentially, it seems like taking free money for my ...
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Is it okay to apply for PhD at a German university without prior contact with a potential supervisor?

I have an MSc degree in natural science and I am currently looking for a PhD position. I saw an advertisement on a researcher community site that an institute at a German university is hiring PhD ...
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Having conflict with certified translator about my transcript of records translation [closed]

I am a graduate in Computer Hardware Engineering who is trying to apply to a German university (for MSc). I think that the translator had some mistakes in translating my ToR, but he says that "I'...
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How can I know which academic field is hot now? [closed]

I am trying to write my own Ph.D. proposal and I wish to know what are the hottest topics in computer science and data science. By 'hottest', I mean: on which topics were the most papers published? My ...
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Do postdoctoral positions come with unemployment insurance once contracts end?

I am wondering if postdoctoral positions come with unemployment insurance. I specifically want to know about this in UK and Canada. I know research positions in Germany for instance benefit from ...
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Scholarship in Germany for summer 2022 [closed]

Is it possible to still find a scholarship for summer semester 2022 in Germany ? I recently applied for admission in a German university for summer semester , I just need now a scholarship in order to ...
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Does the new law "zur Stärkung der Berliner Wissenschaft" make postdocs in Berlin de facto permanent?

In the German city-state of Berlin, a new law titled Gesetz zur Stärkung der Berliner Wissenschaft (law to strengthen Berlin science) was passed. One of the changes has been described as tenure track ...
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To which EG (Entgeltgruppe) does a master's graduate belong to in Germany?

I am a Master's student, soon I will be finishing my master's thesis. I am looking for a full-time job and would like to know the exact Entgeltgruppe I belong to. I am studying in Baden-Württemberg, ...
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