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The ProFile study

The future of doctoral studies at German universities is a hot topic these days. The traditional teacher-student model is being contrasted with new forms of structured doctoral programmes such as graduate schools. What are the advantages in each case? How can doctoral studies in Germany be further improved?

Until now there has been only limited meaningful research into the effects of the new forms of doctoral studies and how they influence graduates' further careers. The iFQ (Institut für Forschungsinformation und Qualitätssicherung - Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance) is therefore carrying out a long-term study of the situation regarding doctoral education in collaboration with the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft - German Research Association) and the German Federal Government. ProFile is a panel of doctoral candidates who have agreed to complete a series of online questionnaires at different phases of their studies and after starting their professional careers.

Leibniz Universität Hannover is one of the iFQ's partners in this research project and therefore asks each of its doctoral candidates to take part in this survey. Candidates registering their doctorate with their faculty since 01.12.2009 have had the opportunity to agree to participate in this research at the same time. The Graduate Academy will send all other candidates an e-mail in April asking them to take part in the ProFile study.

You will find more information in the flyer and on the ProFile website at: