Objectives and tasks

The Graduate Academy is one of the University's central scientific institutions. Its main task is to support young graduates in cooperation with the faculties, graduate schools, research training groups and similar institutions, especially in terms of increasing the quality of doctoral candidates' qualification and creating suitable conditions for doctorates so as to strengthen the University's research activities, giving it a competitive advantage when trying to attract young scientific talent (Art. 27a of the Constitution of FSU Jena).

The Graduate Academy was founded in 2006. It was initially located at the 'Accouchierhaus', a former maternity clinic on Jenergasse 8. Since 2012, it has moved to its new home in the 'Zur Rosen' House for Young Researchers. In addition to the office of the Graduate Academy the Welcome and Service Desk for Doctoral Candidates and Postdocs is also located there.

Central Aims

Central aims of the Graduate Academy are:

  • Support of doctoral candidates and postdocs
  • Implementation of general binding key­characteristics and quality standards
  • Conserving the plurality of tracks leading to a PhD degree
  • Minimising bureaucratic demands on researchers
  • Providing space for initiatives of young researchers

History of the Graduate Academy

June 2006 The Graduate Academy is founded as a "central scientific institution" by the University's Senate.
January 2007 The "Vice Rectorate for the Graduate Academy" is set up by the University Council (Konzil) after electing its first Vice Rector, Prof. Dr. Amélie Mummendey
April 2007 Eleven professors from all faculties of FSU Jena are appointed as founding group members; the administrative office takes up its work to support the Vice Rector
April 2008 The University Senate passes the Statutes of the Graduate Academy
June 2008
Election and constitution of the first Board of the Academy
November 2008 Constitution of the Executive Committee
2009/2010 External evaluation by a committee consisting of members of the Senate and the University Council headed by Prof. Dr. Hans Weder (University of Zurich)
July 2011 Prof. Dr. Erika Kothe is appointed as "Vice Rector for Young Researchers and Diversity Management" and Scientific Director of the Graduate Academy
April 2012 The Graduate Academy and the status group "doctoral candidates" are integrated into FSU Jena's Constitution
July 2012 Festive opening ceremony of the "Zur Rosen" House for Young Researchers as the central contact point for all doctoral candidates and postdocs at FSU Jena
November 2013
First election of the Doctoral Council of FSU Jena (DR.FSU) spanning all the faculties of the University
October 2014
Prof. Dr. Uwe Cantner is appointed as new "Vice-President for Young Researchers and Diversity Management"
February 2015
Prof. Dr. Uwe Cantner is appointed as new Scientific Director of the Graduate Academy