Structured Doctoral Programs

A structured route towards a doctoral degree

Participating in a research training group is an alternative to the “classic” individual doctorate. It means that you follow a structured curriculum together with your fellow doctoral candidates who are working on complementary topics. In some programs you will receive a stipend for your work.

Programs funded by DFG

Since October 2010, the DFG and Bavaria have been supporting the first doctoral Fast-Track program established at a German university. The main objective of this new training program is to teach and foster young scientists in the field of adaptive immunity. Based on an excellent evaluation by outside reviewers, the DFG has decided in May 2014 to continue funding for a second funding period with 3.5 million Euro for 4.5 years.

Research report Research Training Group 1660

The new Research Training Group 2162 “Neurodevelopment and CNS Vulnerability” (Speaker: Prof. Dr. D.C. Lie, Institute of Biochemistry) will offer young researchers the opportunity to earn their doctoral degree in a high-quality training program in attractive structural and financial conditions as of 1st July 2016.  They will be mentored by scientists from the Faculties of Medicine and Sciences.

Research report GK 2162

The integrated research training group 1181 (GK 1181), funded by the DFG for four years (2015-2019), has the objective to offer a highly qualified, translational training with focus on life sciences to graduate students in parallel to their dissertation. All graduates within the GK 1181 receive a structural education and mentoring program to be prepared for a scientific career in life sciences.

Research report GK 1181

The Transregional Collaborative Research Center assembles B cell immunologists from the Faculties of Medicine and Sciences of the FAU as well as the Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg, the Charité Berlin, the Deutsches Rheuma-Forschungszentrum, the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, and the Universitätsmedizin Göttingen to better understand the function and dysfunction of B cells. To train highly skilled and internationally competitive immunologists and to foster interactions within and between the four participating locations, an integrated GK (IRTG) with a strong research and training program as well as mentoring and career development concept has been established within the TRR 130. Common retreats, lab rotations within the TRR 130, and the annual B Cell Winter School provide an ideal platform for an intensive exchange between principle investigators and doctoral students within and between the four participating locations.

The major objectives of the Transregio TRR130 are to understand how physiological and pathological adaptive memory is established and to train critical-thinking, highly skilled, and internationally competitive immunologists. The Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG) „B cells and beyond“ within the TRR130 wants to foster the interaction of students and investigators locally and among the four participating locations with a structured educational and mentoring concept that goes beyond the level of training doctoral students usually receive in their labs. The DFG has been supporting the SFB Transregio 130 (TRR 130) „B cells: Immunity and Autoimmunity“ since 2013.

Research report Integrated Research Training Group 130

Other programs

The Graduate School of Life Sciences (Life@FAU) supports interdisciplinary graduate programs in medicine and science at FAU. It belongs to the FAU Graduate Center.

Life@FAU offers doctoral candidates of the Faculty of Medicine and the Department of Biology a structured, interdisciplinary training program in the fields of medicine and the natural sciences.

The Interdisciplinary Center for Aging Research (ICA) operates a collective graduate program “gerontology” which provides structured lecturing and special doctoral workshops for graduate students in gerontology as well as in psychology, psychiatry, geriatrics, and sport sciences.

Research report ICA

SAOT provides an interdisciplinary research and education program of excellence within a broad international network of distinguished experts to promote innovation and leadership in the areas optical metrology, optical material processing, optics in medicine, optics in communication and information technology, optical materials and systems and computational optics.

Research report SAOT

In a joint initiative, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL), the FAU, the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena (FSU), the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF offer an international Ph.D. program.

Further information:

The Emil Fischer Graduate School in Pharmaceutical Sciences & Molecular Medicine (EFS) leads to a Dr. rer. nat. degree in one of the most dynamic and expanding fields of current science. The school aims to educate students to address the major questions in pharmaceutical sciences and molecular medicine, teach students the basic sciences needed to answer these questions, and create an environment where students can develop into independent and creative scientists. The program is multidisciplinary and has a dual focus: Pharmaceutical Sciences & Molecular Medicine.

Based on the graduate program, a joint research training group („Medicinal Chemistry of Selective GPCR Ligands“, GRK 1910), funded by DFG, was implemented in 2013.

Research report EFS