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On standards or conventions specific to Germany's higher education system, which differs in structure and style from the systems in North America, Asia, or elsewhere in Europe.

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Does PhD work experience (scholarship was tax free) count in Postdoc Salary contract (TVL-13) in Germany

I did my Ph.D. from Germany where I received a tax-free fellowship, and now I got a postdoc offer in Bremen with salary range TVL-13. The 'Stufe' depends on the previous experience of the employee, ...
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Do bachelor programs in Germany with no Numerus Clausus accept any a level grades? [closed]

I am planning to apply to a bachelor program in Germany with no Numerus Clausus, using my cambridge A-levels. If I am eligible for a direct admission, does this mean that I can be sure that I will be ...
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How to present a degree that was earned abroad on a business card?

I live in Australia and hold a M.A. degree from the University of Hamburg. That degree doesn't exist in Australia, so I can't get it acknowledged through the accrediting bodies. What is the ...
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How to address a reader and a postdoctoral research assistant?

I want to send an email to two people. One of them is a reader in India and the other is a postdoctoral research assistant in Germany. I do not know how to address each of them at the start of the ...
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E-Mailing a Professor about interest in his research group during application for a master and before admission(in Germany)

I hold a Bachelor in physics and I am applying for a master program in Germany. There is a research group by a professor, with topics very close to what I'd like to study and furthermore work on. On ...
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What are successful techniques for convincing Professors in becoming PhD advisor?

Having decided to embrace the way for a PhD (based in Europe, DACH region), I now have to go through the crucial step of contacting Professors and convincing them to uphold my research proposal/...
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Should I give professor gift at the beginning of my PhD?

I will be in a PhD program in Germany in which the first year of the program consists of only studying courses under several different professors. Some people suggested me that I should give gift to ...
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What is the traditional way of earning a doctorate in Germany?

I came across this website: https://www.academics.com/guide/individual-doctorate-germany At the same time I am interested in pursuing a part-time PhD in Finance in Germany. Anyone familiar with ...
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Negotiating Part-Time Lecturer in Germany

I am interviewing for a part-time (50%) program-lead/lecturer position at a university in Germany. The position is to set up and lecture on a new master's degree program. I will be finding more out at ...
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What are ways for graduate students to make additional money? [closed]

A friend of mine started a PhD program after finishing his diploma with the best possible grade. Unfortunately the institute does not have a lot of resources so he is being paid from a project fund ...
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What if a call for application does not mention a letter of motivation?

I will apply for a fixed-term position (max. 6 years contract) at a German university and the part on the necessary documents and information that should be send to the university reads as following: ...
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Problem with a cheater supervisor

I am a third-year PhD student in Germany, and I have some issues with my supervisor. To make a long story short, he does not read my research drafts but instead, he asks us to review papers he takes ...
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What are advantages/disadvantages of Habilitation over PostDoc in case of academic career?

As far as I know a PostDoc in USA is 2 years of research program. Habilitation is 4-8 years program. So, why is this difference in time frame? What are advantages/disadvantages of Habilitation over ...
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PhD Mathematics, University of Hagen [closed]

I am 30 and work for an IT company in Germany as a software developer. I did B.Sc. in Mathematics (pure) and M.Sc. in Computer Science. Since then I've occasionally spent time with solving math ...
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Is doing a Habilitation a financially viable decision?

I know that a PhD is necessary to enter academia which means you can find a better job and get salary. But, how about doing a Habilitation in Germany? Does it have any positive impact on the career ...
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What are the standards/expectations from a teaching postdoc contract?

Recently, I talked with a CS Professor regarding working in his lab as a postdoc. He said that he is interested in my CV/profile, but he can only give me a contract as a teaching staff until he gets ...
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According to Germans: Why does Germany lag behind UK in scientific publications? [duplicate]

Take a look at this. Why does Germany lag behind UK in the number of scientific publications? The answers in the other question marked as a duplicate predominantly give the views from UK. I need a ...
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Should I choose someone as one of my references while I also have applied to his group?

I just faced a funny, yet complicated situation! I want to apply for postdoc positions, and one of my references would be a professor that I had a good collaboration with his group during my PhD. ...
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Can a PhD from a non-TU9 German university become a professor in a TU9 university?

Suppose, someone does a PhD and a Habilitation from a non TU9 university. Is there any practical barrier for him to become a professor in a TU9 university?
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Reply ‘no position’ while the job posting is still there (‘HiWi’ position in Germany)

I am third year undergraduate and I am not studying in Europe. I plan to apply for a master at a German institute by the end of this year which is the time for application. This institute advertised ...
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What’s a good resource to track academic jobs in Germany?

Lots of countries have their own websites for recruiting academic faculty. I just can’t find the go-to resource for Germany. Do any of you guys have any tips?
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How much political influence is involved in the academia in Germany?

I heard that German national politics influences the appointment of tenured positions in their universities. E.g. if some party is in power, they would like to see somebody loyal to them as the head ...
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Is it possible to join academia with a structured PhD?

There are two types of PhDs in Germany(or, in other parts of the world, like, Ireland): structured, and individual. Is it possible to join academia with a structured PhD?
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Do US professors/group leaders only get a salary, but no group budget?

I was reading an interview with MIT Professor and physics Nobel laureate Wolfgang Ketterle in which he explained that he gets no budget, has to acquire funding even for his secretary, and this is one ...
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What is the difference between doing a PhD in a small university versus a big reputed university in Germany? [closed]

Take for example Brandenberg University of Technology versus Technical University of Darmstadt. Does the size of a university play any role in someone's PhD research experience in Germany? What ...
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Application for master's course: should my motivation letter include my contact?

I am applying for a master's program at a german university, and as my whole application includes a CV (with my detailed personal info and contact), should my motivation letter include my contact at ...
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How do professors see the German grades?

I am currently doing a master in Germany and I scored 2.7 in one particular course. How is 2.7 to the professors? Is it a very bad grade? Is this grade uncommon among students?
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What does 'open position for bachelor project' actually mean?

I am third-year bachelor student currently seeking a research internship in Germany and I encounter many group websites that say something like: “We have positions for bachelor projects.” I am ...
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Do German universities internally track the scientific output of single work groups/professors and with which internal/external goals?

We are asked in our group to send new publications for journals and conferences to our secretary, who told me she has to input this information also into a database of the university. Over the years ...
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Overlap between individual parts of BMBF funding proposals (Germany)?

I'm in the middle of writing a funding proposal for a BMBF programme (BMBF = the German federal ministry of education and research). I'm part of a consortium with a company, a local city government, ...
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Is it ok to ask professor to read my published article?

I have applied for a position last month and the deadline is on March. But by this time one of my work has been published in a good journal (which I wrote in my CV as under review). The position is ...
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Is it possible to do a self funded Ph.D. without masters in Germany?

Is it possible to do a self-funded Ph.D. without masters in Germany? Is it ok if someone writes to professors asking for a Ph.D. position in his lab? Will they take students if its self-funded?
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Ph.D. studies in Management field after Masters of science in Mechatronics from German university

I am a student of masters mechatronics and during my course, I attended many elective management classes. I am even allowed to write my thesis in strategic management and I'm interested to continue my ...
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Post-Doc in Germany [closed]

I am a newbie and have a question. First of all let me introduce myself and the situation in which I am going through. I have just got my PhD from the Middle East Technical University (Turkey) from ...
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Is it normal for PhD students to do much “non research” work?

Background: At my current institution I haven't even officially started my PhD yet, meaning I am not even enlisted as a PhD student. I have my bachelor’s and master’s already, and this is in Germany ...
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PhD (Dr.) student willing to finish thesis after several years of inactivity

A few days ago one of my former PhD students (in fact Dr. since I'm in Germany) contaced me and asked me, if there is any chance to finish their PhD thesis. The work was done at a different ...
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Applying for PhD overseas After a Break

I am a Graduate in Life sciences who has been working in a corporate job for the past 2+ years. I am currently researching and aiming to apply for PhD programmes in Europe. In requirements for PhD I ...
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CV with photo for postdoc application

I am preparing an updated CV for application for postdoc positions. Is it necessary to put a photo on a CV for postdoc positions?
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Can I write my thesis supervisor to complete my thesis?

I had worked in a lab for my master's thesis. But I could not complete a course from the previous semester so I could not register for defense at X University. This university asked me to transfer my ...
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Is there any degree for “intelligence studies” in Germany? [closed]

Intelligence studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that concerns intelligence assessment. I have tried to find the relevant program in Germany, but i did not find anything. Based on ...
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Why do the prerequisites to enroll in PhD programs vary between research groups in Germany?

I have been trying to get a Ph.D. position in Germany so I follow the advertising sites frequently. A few days ago I saw a position from a group of X Institute. I wrote the professor about the ...
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GPA calculation in German Grading system

I am studying in a German University where the GPA grades are : 1.0 , 1.3, 1.7, 2.0, 2.3, 2.7, 3.0, 3.3, 3.7, 4.0 with 1.0 being the best score a student can get in exam and below 4.0 it is fail. ...
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Can a MSc after medical school count as the German Dr.med?

I am a medical doctor from a non EU country and have a German MSc in Neuroscience. In Germany only doctors that do a 6 month research internship during their medical studies can get their “Dr.med” ...
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If a thesis committe member asks for changes in my thesis does that mean I'm not getting a PhD “summa cum laude”? [closed]

I am a PhD student in Germany. I had a question regarding the summa cum laude mark for my thesis. To open the examination procedure, I asked three reviewers to read my thesis (my main supervisor and ...
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Request Colleges internationally to let students participate in a survey

For a student research project in the field of IT I would like to interview students who have little to no experience in participating in Open Source projects. My professor said that only interviewing ...
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Costs of having a US-based PhD supervisor doing a PhD in Germany?

A little background first, as this is maybe not familiar to people outside Germany: In Germany there are universities that can not award PhDs. So called "Hochschulen/Fachhochschulen". This means they ...
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Is it typical for a candidate for a fixed-term, part-time postdoc to be flown long-distance for an interview?

I am a recent PhD in the US and applied for a part-time (65%), fixed-term (2 years) postdoc (official title: "Scientific Assistant") in Germany. They are willing to fly me out for a job talk and ...
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Is it (ab)normal to propose a course to another university as a PhD candidate

I'm an external PhD candidate at a university in Germany, meaning that I have neither a post at the university nor funding. I know this isn't ideal, but my question is this: My research is related to ...
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Does an Israeli PhD grant you the right to call yourself Dr. in Germany?

I am a German citizen currently studying for my master’s in Germany. I am thinking about pursuing a PhD in physics in Israel (TAU) and I am wondering if the PhD in Israel is fully equivalent to the ...
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Supervisor in German Universities

I have sent many emails to lecturers within the nuclear field and at different German universities for the sake of supervision. I have attached my CV and complete detailed PhD proposal related to ...