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Fostering Early Career Researchers

A further priority at the University of Göttingen is the advancement of the next generation of academics. In the four Graduate Schools, the University offers structured graduate programmes. Furthermore, the University devotes particular attention to the post-doctoral period, this being a phase with decisive importance for future career success. Specific support for academic human resources development and a range of mentoring programmes assist up-and-coming researchers in their doctoral and post-doctoral phase to acquire competencies for their careers both in and outside academia. In this way, the University seeks to retain the most-promising early career researchers and to ensure that those moving on to other institutions do so optimally prepared.

The Graduate School of Humanities Göttingen (GSGG) also supports postdoctoral researchers, for example by providing initial funding so that they can proceed to write grant proposals for their first own research project, and by offering funds for attending conferences and undertaking research trips or for holding workshops and conferences of their own. In addition, the GSGG set up positions for postdocs in 2013. These enable the holders to build up a network and to gather early-career experience in supervising doctoral students.

The Lichtenberg-Kolleg is likewise giving high priority to fostering early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences. Since 2014, Junior Fellows have been working here together with experienced scholars in research groups. The Junior Fellows are assigned to the Kolleg for 18 months. The four foci of the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, "Globalising the Enlightenment: Knowledge, Culture, Travel, Exchange and Collections", "Human Rights, Constitutional Politics and Religious Diversity", "Primate Cognition: Philosophical, Linguistic, and Historical Perspectives" and "European Intellectual History / History of Political Thought" complement research projects on the Göttingen Campus.

In addition to these measures, the University has set up learning laboratories for school pupils to enable them to gain insights into scholarly and scientific research. The learning laboratories complement the successful activities offered by the Children's University for school pupils and the XLAB - Experimentallabor für junge Leute In October 2014 the YLAB laboratory for school pupils officially took up operations. Here, the University seeks to spark interest among school pupils in the methods of research work in the humanities and cultural sciences. At the same time, those studying to become teachers can try out different teaching approaches, and doctoral researchers and lecturers can discuss their research questions with the pupils. At courses in the life sciences being held at the B-LAB pupils` laboratory since 2016, school pupils are able to experience biodiversity in varying living environments.