The philGRAD Office can be reached by phone and/or email at any time during the lockdown. We are very happy to conduct counselling sessions virtually by prior appointment.
The Graduate Academy philGRAD is a central institution of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. It supports the faculty's young academics during the doctoral phase with a diverse workshop programme in key qualifications as well as with needs-oriented advisory and coaching services. Individual career and personal development as well as networking among doctoral sresearchers are the main focus of philGRAD. For example, the community of doctoral researchers at our faculty is involved in the doctoral researchers network philFAELTIG and the doctoral researcher representatives also offer regular get-togethers. philGRAD also promotes social interaction in faculty-wide events such as Heinrich – Der Slam, the fireside chat and finally, the annual doctoral party - organised together with the doctoral office - is an unforgettable highlight in the academic year and in the lives of our newly graduated students.
Together with the PhD Office, philGRAD is the central point of contact for your doctorate at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. While the PhD Office is your central point of contact for all formal matters concerning your – from the provisional acceptance as a doctoral candidate to the submission of your dissertation – philGRAD sees itself as your process companion during all phases of your extensive research project. We also want to provide you with the best possible support and counselling at all times in the event of doubts, lack of motivation, writer's block, conflicts and any other challenges.
The Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz has numerous problematic effects for young academics in the university system, which academics are now rightly drawing attention to with their 95 theses. Further information
Workshops and Events
Here you will find all the dates for supporting workshop offers related to your doctorate. philGRAD and those of the other partners of the Heine Research Academies (HeRA) offer you a diverse continuing qualification programme. As a member of philGRAD, you can participate in all courses free of charge.
Coaching offers you the opportunity to develop solutions for yourself with the help of your own resources and skills. Especially during a doctorate and/or in the university work environment, there are numerous topics that lend themselves to coaching: Motivation, time management, work-life balance, conflicts, professional orientation, etc.
Sometimes it is difficult to write a dissertation alone in a quiet room. That's why we support you in the form of regular writing groups or so-called accountability groups with like-minded people, in which you can discuss the ups and downs of your doctorate, set yourself individual goals and motivate each other.
The joint lunch break is an uncomplicated and open forum for doctoral researchers, which thrives on the fact that you can meet on Zoom - no matter where you are - and exchange information about your concerns. Always wednesdays 12-1 pm.
On 09 June 2021, students, doctoral researchers and lecturers from all departments of the faculty will once again compete against each other at Heinrich - Der Science Slam. Be there, join in!
Once a year, philGRAD invites you to a fireside chat at the magnificent Mickeln Castle during the winter months to present the colourful variety of career paths of its members: a nice opportunity to network!