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FAQ for doctoral candidates and postdocs

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We have compiled information for doctoral candidates and postdocs on how to deal with the corona crisis.

Information for employees can be found here. Information for teaching staff can be found here.

FAQ on arriving in Jena (as of 23.10.2020)

I come from a risk area abroad. What do I have to do? Show content

For those returning from a corona risk area abroad there is an obligation to register. Before arriving in Germany, travellers must register at and carry proof of registration with them on entry. Those entering or returning from abroad who have stayed in a risk area within the last ten days prior to entry are also obliged to enter a ten-day quarantine immediately after entry. After five days of quarantine at the earliest, travellers can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. Please visit the Robert Koch Institute for up-to-date information on further regulations and exceptions.

If you return to Jena from a risk area, you are obliged to immediately report to the Public Health Department by phone at +49 3641 49 2222 or online at In addition, you must immediately self-isolate. If you show symptoms of illness, you must call the hotline +49 3641 49 3333 in addition to calling your general practitioner or the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (Kassenärztliche Vereinigung). The designation of risk areas can be found here.

I come from a risk area within Germany. What do I have to do? Show content

Travellers from areas within Germany who report 7 days incidence per 100,000 of more than 50 do not need to be tested and are not required to undergo isolation. Please check the current regulations of the city of Jena before you travel to Jena. These can be found here.

FAQ about the doctorate in general

Can I apply for admission as a doctoral candidate? Show content

You can apply for the admission as a doctoral candidate at your faculty in the Dean's office. Please submit all documents via post.

How can I enrol as a doctoral candidate? Show content

You can still enrol as a doctoral candidate. Please send the necessary documents via post (Johannisstr. 13, 07743 Jena) or use the mailbox behind the big green front door of the buildings "Zur Rosen".

How can I use the library? (Update: 08.01.2021) Show content

As of Monday, 11.01.2021, the ThULB's library sections will be open again on a limited basis for lending of ordered media from the magazine and interlibrary loans. However, the workplaces and special reading rooms cannot be used. You can also use all digital offers of the library. They are available by using a Virtual Private Network de.

You can find the opening hours of the library sections and further information on using the ThULB here.

Is the funding period for doctoral scholarships and project positions due to the corona crisis extendable? Show content

The measures to contain the spread of the corona virus can in some cases interfere with regular research activities. Whether this will lead to an extension of the funding period for doctoral scholarships and project positions depends on the respective funding agency.


The standard funding period for Landesgraduierten-Stipendien is three years. According to the Thuringian Higher Education Act § 63 (3), there is the possibility to apply for an extension of the scholarship for another year. Scholarship holders whose time schedule has been postponed due to current disruptions can apply for an extension of the scholarship period.

Positions in DFG Research Training Groups

The DFG allows for an uncomplicated extension of the standard duration of employment contracts of doctoral candidates in DFG Research Training Groups: it is possible to extend it cost-neutral from 36 to 48 months and at the end of the maximum funding period the research training group may apply for an additional funding of three months. Further information is available here (in German).

In other DFG-funded projects, you may apply for an extension of personnel funds.

Research stays by DFG scholarship holders and fellows

There are flexible regulations for DFG scholarship holders and fellows to meet problems with entry and exit restrictions or closure of host institutions. Further information is available here (in German).

Organisations for the promotion of young talent (Begabtenförderungswerke)

If you have any questions about funding by the Organisations for the promotion of young talent, please check the pages of the respective organisation or get in touch with your contact person directly.

Other funding agencies

If necessary, you may apply for additional funds for the extension of project positions in BMBF-funded projects.

If you have any questions about other grants, please contact your respective grant or scholarship organisation directly.

Does the pandemic extend the maximum employment period that is stated in the academic employment law (WissZeitVG)? (Update: 15.06.2020) Show content

If, due to the corona pandemic, you are not able to achieve the qualification aim mentioned in your fixed-term employment contract, please discuss with your supervisor an appropriate extension of your contract in order to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on your qualification aim. The Human Resources Department is on hand to answer any questions you may encounter.

If the maximum period of fixed-term contracts (usually 6 years until the doctorate and 12 years in total), as regulated by the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (WissZeitVG), is reached or exceeded, there is a new temporary regulation passed by the Bundestag on 7 May 2020. It will apply to employment contracts for qualification purposes that are in place between 1 March 2020 and 30 September 2020. According to that, the maximum employment period is extended by six months. The specific regulation can be found in the Wissenschafts- und Studierendenunterstützungsgesetz (Science and Student Support Act). 

It is the responsibility of the supervisor to assess whether a pandemic-related delay has occurred and and whether it is possible to extend the contract. Additional funds for these extensions cannot be made available.

FAQ about academic procedures

Can I hand in my dissertation? Show content

Dissertations can only be submitted by post. Please clarify in advance with the dean's office of your faculty if you wish to submit your dissertation by post.

Do oral examinations in the context of dissertations and habilitations take place? (Update: 08.06.2020) Show content

Oral examinations in the context of doctoral and habilitation procedures (disputations, colloquia, scientific lectures and talks) may take place again after 4 May 2020.

Such events can be held as video conferences, face-to-face events or mixed video and face-to-face events. In case of video conferences it must be ensured that the doctoral candidate to be examined is visible during the entire conference. Face-to-face events must be organised in compliance with the hygiene requirements of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena respectively the University Hospital. In particular for the participation of the university public, a correspondingly large room must be chosen to maintain the distance regulations. If a sufficiently large room is not available, the university public can be limited or a video conference to an additional room can be set up. In the case of video conference, a person in charge must ensure that the event is not recorded.

For video conferencing, please refer to the information provided by the staff unit Digital University de (in German) as well as the information on data protection (Administrative Instruction E-Learning, 30.04.2020 [pdf, 1 mb] de (in German)).

Can I submit my deposit copies to the ThULB? (Update: 23.10.2020) Show content

The submission of dissertations in the ThULB is still possible. Please refer to the notes on the ThULB website.

FAQ about offers and services of Graduate Academy

Do workshops of the qualification programme take place? (Update: 08.01.2021) Show content

The Graduate Academy continues its qualification programme and offers only online workshops. You can find all workshops offers here.

How can I contact Graduate Academy? (Update: 08.01.2021) Show content

The Welcome and Service Desk for Doctoral Candidates and Postdocs will be closed for face-to-face contacts until further notice.

You can contact us in the following ways:

  • via phone (03641/9401333) during the following telephone hours:
    Monday to Thursday: 10.00h - 12.00h
    Tuesday, Thursday: 14.00h - 16.00h
  • via e-mail to
  • individual consultation via Zoom by appointment

If you want to hand in documents, e.g. for enrolment, please send it via post (Johannisstr. 13, 07743 Jena) or use the mailbox behind the big front door.


If you have any questions regarding academic procedures, please contact the Dean's Office of your Faculty by e-mail.

For general questions about the doctorate, you can contact the Welcome and Service Desk for doctoral candidates and postdocs by e-mail to You can find further ways to reach us by clicking on "How can I contact Graduate Academy".

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