Flowers in Jena

Objectives and tasks

Objectives, tasks and history of the Graduate Academy
Flowers in Jena
Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

The Graduate Academy of Friedrich Schiller University Jena is the university's central institution for all doctoral researchers and postdocs. It offers them broad service in all interdisciplinary matters and supports them in and between all career phases: from Bachelor and Master to their way to a professorship, into science management or into professional fields in economy and society.

At the same time, the Graduate Academy is working on the implementation of university-wide quality standards, for example by developing recommendations and guidelines. The Graduate Academy is also the umbrella institution for the structured doctoral programmes, which can become member institutions of the Graduate Academy and thus be subject to quality assurance.

The Graduate Academy was founded in 2006 and was incorporated into the university's basic regulations in 2012 (Art. 27a of the Constitution of FSU JenaExternal link). It was initially located at the 'Accouchierhaus' (Jenergasse 8). Since 2012, it has moved to its new home in the 'Zur Rosen' House for Young Researchers. In addition to the office of the Graduate Academy the Welcome and Service Desk for Doctoral Candidates and Postdocs is also located there.

Central aims

Central aims of the Graduate Academy are:

  • Support of doctoral candidates and postdocs
  • Implementation of general binding key­characteristics and quality standards
  • Conserving the plurality of tracks leading to a PhD degree
  • Minimising bureaucratic demands on researchers
  • Providing space for initiatives of young researchers
History of the Graduate Academy

June 2006
The Graduate Academy is founded as a "central scientific institution" by the University's Senate

January 2007
The "Vice Rectorate for the Graduate Academy" is set up by the University Council (Konzil) after electing its first Vice Rector, Prof. Dr. Amélie Mummendey

April 2007
Eleven professors from all faculties of FSU Jena are appointed as founding group members; the administrative office takes up its work to support the Vice Rector

April 2008
The University Senate passes the Statutes of the Graduate Academypdf, 182 kb · de

June 2008
Election and constitution of the first Board of the Academy

November 2008
Constitution of the Executive Committee

External evaluation by a committee consisting of members of the Senate and the University Council headed by Prof. Dr. Hans Weder (University of Zurich)

July 2011
Prof. Dr. Erika Kothe is appointed as "Vice Rector for Young Researchers and Diversity Management" and Scientific Director of the Graduate Academy

April 2012
The Graduate Academy and the status group "doctoral candidates" are integrated into FSU Jena's ConstitutionExternal link

July 2012
Festive opening ceremony of the House for Young Researchers as the central contact point for all doctoral candidates and postdocs at FSU Jena

November 2013
First election of the Doctoral Council of FSU Jena (DR.FSU)External link spanning all the faculties of the University

October 2014
Prof. Dr. Uwe Cantner is appointed as new "Vice-President for Young Researchers and Diversity Management"

February 2015
Prof. Dr. Uwe Cantner is appointed as new Scientific Director of the Graduate Academy

Evaluation of the Graduate Academy by a commission appointed by the Senate