The campus-wide graduate school professionally accompanies doctoral students from all fields through their dissertation project and prepares them for their upcoming career start.
Already in the very first round of the Excellence Initiative in 2006, RUB was successful with an application for a university-wide, cross-faculty graduate school – the RUB Research School. Over the course of the funding period, it has become a platform for all PhD students at RUB and offers them a doctorate with added value.
The Research School offers various services to support and advise PhD students as well as postdocs, from project planning through to financing options. In interdisciplinary workshops and events, it offers a wide range of services for early career researchers. In this way, the doctoral students gain the tools to ensure that the doctorate progresses outstandingly and their career start is successful. What’s more, the early career researchers undertaking their doctorate are provided with professional support by the Research School. The Research School focuses on personal advice, interdisciplinary dialogue, and support of international research with the aim of ensuring high-quality training for early career researchers in all fields.
Since 2012, the Research School has been a permanent institution at RUB. From 2012 until 2018 it coordinated the project Research School PLUS, which was acquired in the second round of the Excellence Initiative and has now become permanent as well.
The Research School PLUS supports the international activities of the PhD students, for instance with funds for project-related research stays overseas or with the organisation of international conferences on campus.