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Graduate Academy


Prof. Dr. Erika Kothe
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Haus "Zur Rosen"
Johannisstraße 13
07743 Jena
+49 (0)3641-930400
+49 (0)3641-930402


The Graduate Academy was established in order to create a high standard research environment for doctoral candidates of all disciplines.  'Early stage researchers' are prepared for their professional career in science, business and society. The Graduate Academy offers:

  • Attractive study programmes combining disciplinary and interdisciplinary topics;
  • Specially tailored courses in transferable skills;
  • Intensive individual supervision by a team of internationally recognised faculty members;
  • Integration in lively peer networks and the exciting scientific atmosphere in Jena.

By establishing the Graduate Academy, the Friedrich Schiller University recognises the increasing importance of post-graduate research training and advances the restructuring of doctoral education at the FSU. This project is closely connected to the Berlin Communiqué (2003) as part of the Bologna process.

The History of the GA

In June 2006 the Rector of the FSU Prof. Dr. Klaus Dicke announced in the Academic Senate that he decided to set up the GA as "central scientific institution". The Konzil elected Prof. Dr. Amélie Mummendey as the first Vice-Rector for the GA in January 2007. In April 2007, the Advisory Board consisting of 11 FSU professors and the GA office took up their work to support the Vice-Rector.

Since 2011, Prof. Dr. Erika Kothe leads the Graduate Academy. She is Vice-Rector for young researchers and diversity mangagement and Scientific Director of the GA.


Find a comprehensive overview under member institutions.


The Graduate Academy is member of the "Council for Doctoral Education" at the European Universities Association (EUA-CDE) and member of the "Doctoral Studies and Research Task Force" at the Coimbra-Group (DSR).


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