Certificate programmes

The Graduate Academy offers four certificate programmes: "Leadership in Academia" ("Führung in der Wissenschaft"), "Leadership in Industry and Society" ("Führung in Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft"), "Science Management" ("Wissenschaftsmanagement") and "Startup-Management" ("Gründungsmanagement"). With the help of these programmes, young researchers may enhance their professional profiles for a future within or outside academia, and in today's society.

These certificates contain six workshops each, which can be selected individually out of specific contentual areas. Participants of the certificate programmes will be preferentially considered during the general qualification programme course registration. Single workshops that have already been completed within the normal qualification programme at Graduate Academy may be credited.

Applications are possible until 01 June 2020. To apply, please log in to the FSU applications portal.

Leadership in Academia

Whoever wants to work in a scientific leading position is, besides the expert knowledge and research expertise, in need of overall skills. Competence in communication, management and leadership is expected of a leader in academia. It also requires foresight, a sense of responsibility and the ability to cooperate across subjects to successfully do the job. In order to further develop these abilities, the Graduate Academy is offering the certificate programme "Leadership in Academia".

Target group:
The programme "Leadership in Academia" addresses excellent researchers as of their PhD who are aspiring to a professorship. Per year only a maximum of 12 people are accepted in the certificate programme. The courses are offered in German language.

Contentual focus areas:
The main focus is on "Fundamental questions of sciences and humanities" (3 workshops), "Communication, leadership and management" (2 workshops) and "Career planning and job application" (1 workshop). Participants can choose from a range of different workshops for each area. You may find an overview of the courses that can be selected here (in German).

Scope and duration:
The programme containts six workshops. It begins in the winter term and can be complete in two to four terms.

Costs
You only have to pay the service charges for the individual workshops (between 10 and 30 € per workshop). There will be no additional costs.

Application:
Currently, you can not apply for the certification programme. Once a year (in May), an application will be possible via the application portal.

Leadership in Industry and Society

Whoever wants to work in entrepreneurial and societal leading positions is, besides the technical expertise, in need of overall abilities. Especially important are management and leadership competencies as well as the abilitiy to communicate with people from different professional backgrounds. Depending on the targeted occupational field the basic knowledge of business, intercultural competence or abilities regarding public relations work or scientific communication can be helpful. The orientation of one's own career goals and a professional job application also belong to the requirements of a career outside university.

In order to further develop these abilities and to be able to verify this further qualificaton to an employer, the Graduate Academy is offering the certificate programme "Leadership in Industry and Society".

Target group:
The programme addresses German and international doctoral candidates and postdocs who aim at a career outside university. Per year only a maximum of 16 people are accepted in the certificate programme. The certificate language can be German or English.

Contentual focus areas:
The main focus is on "Communication, Leadership and Management" (3 workshops) and "Career Planning and Job Application" (2 workshops), supplemented by one elective (1 workshop). For each area there are different workshops in German and English language available. You may find an overview of the courses that can be selected here.

Scope and duration:
The programme containts six workshops. It begins in the winter term and can be complete in two to four terms.

Costs
You only have to pay the service charges for the individual workshops (between 10 and 30 € per workshop). There will be no additional costs.

Application:
Currently, you can not apply for the certification programme. Once a year (in May), an application will be possible via the application portal.

Science Management

If you want to succeed in the area of science management, comprehensive social and management skills often become more important than your own area of research. Science managers have to be able to understand the German academic system and the characteristics of a broad variety of scientific disciplines. They have to muster outstanding abilities in personal and public communication, as well as in project management.  Depending on their working field , they also need knowledge in the areas of external project funding, publication strategies, and the handling of research data, as well as in the field of scientific evaluation methods (statistics, surveys).

If you plan to aquire a basic qualification for functios such as coordinator of graduate institutions and research clusters, faculty director, or other leading positions in university administration, you can now take part in the Graduate Academy's "Science Management" certification programme.

Target group:
The certification programme is directed at doctoral candidates and postdocs of Friedrich Schiller University, who are already working in a science management position or want to prepare for a career in this field. The maximum number of participants accepted is 8 p.a.. The programme language is German. 

Contentual focus areas:
the contentual focus areas of this certificate are within the fields of "Fundamental questions of Sciences and Humanities " (2 workshops) and "Communikation, Leadership, and Management" (2 workshops). Moreover, there will be a thematically open elective field (2 workshops). For each field, you will find a variety of workshops to choose from. You can also find an ovierview of all workshop choices here.

Scope and Duration:
The certificate programme comprises 6 workshops. It starts at the beginning of each winter semester and can be completed within two to four semesters.

Costs:
You only have to pay the service charges for the individual workshops (between 10 and 30 € per workshop). There will be no additional costs.

Application:
Currently, you can not apply for the certification programme. Once a year (in May), an application will be possible via the application portal.

Start-up Management

Can you imagine starting your own business with your academic skills or commercialising your own research results in an entrepreneurial way?

If you are interested in self-employment or setting up your own business, you need not only subject-related expertise but also a business idea and basic knowledge in the areas of business start-ups, entrepreneurship and business administration. Management and leadership skills as well as the ability to communicate clearly and comprehensibly with people from different professional backgrounds are also important.

In order to evaluate the opportunities and risks of setting up a business and to further develop the necessary skills, the Graduate Academy in cooperation with the "Gründerservice K1" of the FSU offers the certificate programme "Start-up Management".

Target group
The programme addresses German and international doctoral researchers and postdocs who are interested in self-employment and business start-ups. A maximum of 8 persons per year are admitted to the programme. The certificate language can be German or English.

Contentual focus areas
The main focus is on the areas of "Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship" (2 workshops) and "Communication, Leadership and Management" (2 workshops). There is also a thematically open elective field (2 workshops). For each area, different workshops are available in German and English. You may find an overview of the courses that can be selected here.

Scope and Duration
The certificate programme comprises 6 workshops. It starts at the beginning of each winter semester and can be completed within two to four semesters.

Costs
You only have to pay the service charges for the individual workshops (between 10 and 30 € per workshop). There will be no additional costs.

Application:
Currently, you can not apply for the certification programme. Once a year (in May), an application will be possible via the application portal.