Less than one year ago, we invited all doctoral researchers working at Leibniz Institutes to take part in our second Leibniz PhD Survey. This online survey was developed by the Leibniz PhD Network and its N2 partner networks: the Max Planck PhDnet, Helmholtz Juniors and IPP Mainz. More than 900 doctoral researchers working at nearly 90 different Leibniz institutes accepted our invitation. Since end of last year, we were busy preparing data, checking data quality, analyzing responses, drawing conclusions and working on the final report. Our survey report is finally ready, published and can be accessed here.
The report tells us a lot about the status quo of doctoral researchers, their aspirations, and the challenges they face in their daily work as well as in their career planning. It also tells us a lot about positive or negative developments in the last two years when comparing results with the 2017 Leibniz PhD Survey. A higher share of respondents holds working contracts compared to the last PhD survey, while less respondents hold a stipend. Still, 1 out of 10 respondents is financed by a stipend, and those doctoral researchers face several economic disadvantages described in the report.
Check out the latest version of The Quarterly Digest, the short report on what has been going on in the Leibniz PhD Network between April and June 2020. Read as well about the new Welcome Package, about contract extensions during this time, our discourse why Diversity Matters also in Science and much more. Additionally we would like to make a call for new motivated members for the newly founded Working Group “Greening” and the constant Communication Working Group.
Check out the latest version of The Quarterly Digest, the short report on what has been going on in the Leibniz PhD Network between January and March 2020. Read as well on a new funding opportunity, how you can get involved in the network, and a sneak peek on the results of the survey of 2019 regarding our international colleagues. The data is currently being analyzed by the Survey Working Group.
On Tuesday 25th June about 50 Ombudspersons came together for their annual Network meeting at the Leibniz Headquarter in Berlin. The meeting was dedicated to the topic of power abuse in science. The Leibniz PhD Network was invited to present their position and join the following panel discussion.
This publication marks an important milestone for the work of the Leibniz PhD Network:
For the first time, we provide and analyze detailed data on the situation of doctoral researchers across all sections of the Leibniz Association. Among else we describe the doctoral researchers’ current working situations, opportunities for career development and experiences with supervision as well as work-life balance. The Leibniz PhD Network designed, conducted, and evaluated the survey in which over 1,000 doctoral researchers participated.