Workshop Programme

GradUS offers events specifically aimed at doctoral researchers that support the acquisition or deepening of key competences for activities in science, business, and society. The programme is open to all doctoral researchers at Saarland University. You are welcome to send us suggestions for future workshops or offers.

Semester-accompanying offers

German courses for PhD students eLearning course "Good Academic Practice during Doctoral Studies"

How should research results be documented? What is the right way to cite? How does one handle image sources? Answers to questions about working correctly are provided in the eLearning course "Good Academic Practice During Doctoral Studies" in German and English.

Via Saarland University's GradUS programme and thanks to the support of Goethe University Frankfurt, doctoral researchers are offered the chance to complete this eLearning course and to receive a certificate after successful completion. GRADE, the (post)graduate academy of Goethe University Frankfurt, has designed this course to be interdisciplinary and has provided a review of additional topics regarding doctoral work: how to wisely plan and organize the research project and which legal aspects, such as in labour law or copyright law, are relevant for doctoral candidates.

Five modules are available, containing comprehensive information, tests to check the knowledge gained as well as supplementary information materials. Completing all modules takes about 60 minutes. You can interrupt the course at any time, recover your previous progress or repeat modules.

At the end, you will have the possibility to receive a certificate that also contains the logo of Saarland University.


Finally time to write! - Writing group

"Together you write less alone." - Whether it's a seminar paper or thesis that can't be postponed, an overdue internship report or a magazine article: In a moderated writing group with a manageable time frame, everyone works on their own project, yet together.

Participation in a writing group reduces time wastage and enables the development of a writing routine. In the long term, it can significantly increase the duration and frequency of writing activities and reduce self-doubt.

The writing group is open to students (LA, BA, MA) and doctoral students of all subjects.

It is possible to join and leave the group at any time. The meetings follow a ritualized procedure: 10 minutes to start, 100 minutes to write, 10 minutes to finish.

Dr. Barbara Wolf studied German, Romance languages and literature and has been teaching German as a foreign language and German as an academic language for over 15 years. She currently coordinates the Writing Center at Saarland University. In addition, she supervises and advises students and doctoral candidates individually on their academic writing at various institutions (Saarland University, HTW Saar, TU Kaiserslautern, University of Trier). She has also been running creative writing workshops since 2023.

  • Provider: Schreibzentrum
  • Date: Every Friday – 10-12 o'clock – online
  • Last date in WS23/24 on 08.03.2024, starts again on 05.04.2024.
  • Free of charge

Further Information

Writing Applications in English

(Kopie 7)

You are planning to apply for a job in English and want to make sure that your application is appealing and memorable? You want to make sure that your application stands out not only in terms of what you've done but also in how it is written? Then this is the workshop for you!

  • Step 1: You can take this self-study online course at your own speed and go through the material and exercises provided. This will allow you to reflect on the Do's and Don'ts of resumes/CVs and cover letters and enable you to write an impressive application.
  • Step 2: You and submit your application to the instructor. In the consultation, we'll go through the application and discuss further improvements. Consultations can take place face-to-face or via Teams.

Further Information

Human resources development programmes for advanced doctoral candidates

Further offers

    • University Didactics

      The Unit for University Didactics offers further training in the field of university didactics every semester, which can also be attended by PhD students.

      more University Didactics
    • Language Center

      The Language Center offers numerous opportunities to refresh or learn new language skills, be it English, French, Arabic, Korean and much more ... The offers are also open to enrolled or registered doctoral students.

      more Language Center
    • Gründen und Unternehmertum

      Workshops and courses on start-ups and entrepreneurship are offered by the central institution Triathlon. PhD students can take part in these.

      more Gründen und Unternehmertum