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Institutional Strategy

Supporting Early-stage Researchers - Securing Future Potentials


Measure 3

Junior Researchers

The UoC is strongly committed to advancing the development of graduate students and early-stage researchers.

In the framework of its Institutional Strategy, the UoC created the Albertus Magnus Graduate Center as a university-wide umbrella institution for all doctoral candidates. In addition, each UoC Faculty has its own graduate school, and various externally funded graduate programs and joint programs with non-university research partners complement these central structures.  

Postdoctoral researchers can apply for Postdoc and Advanced Postdoc Grants, which are also provided in the framework of the Institutional Strategy. The Excellent Postdoc Career Program offers workshops, coaching, and mentoring as well as networking opportunities for all UoC postdocs.

Furthermore, in 2013 the UoC established the Junior Faculty Club. It is open to all academically independent early-stage researchers and junior (W1) professors, including those from the Research Alliance Cologne. The club mainly serves as a platform of academic and social exchange and continually develops its range of offers for the growing group of independent early-stage researchers. It closely cooperates with the Department for Faculty and Academic Staff Development.

The JFC’s board consists of members of all six UoC Faculties and is involved in the University’s strategic steering bodies. In addition to these measures, Modern Academic Publishing (MAP) offers early-stage scholars in the arts and humanities an innovative digital publication format. The sub-project MAP-Lab receives funding within the UoC’s Institutional Strategy since 2016.

Further information is available here: MAP