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Young Researchers Need a Forum and Networks

Andvantages to a membership in the programme

  1. The graduate programme is a forum for networking and exchange among doctorate students from various fields working on similar or comparable research questions.
  2. Participants in the programme receive support from a team of professors from widely varying backgrounds. By discussing and reflecting approaches the quality of the projects is improved. The network of the programme helps students with difficulties arising during their projects by e.g. concrete pointers, or orientation guidelines.
  3. The programme teaches interdisciplinary work, while showing problematic areas of such cooperations.
  4. The programme gives various opportunities to form (informal) study, discussion, or other groups, activities such as visiting exhibitions and so on.
  5. Interested students are welcome to collaborate in the university's research core area "Heterogenity and Cohesion", Cluster "Gender", and improve the outwards visibility of their research.

How to Join? Organisation of the Programme

The programme is open to doctorate students of all disciplines and faculties. The only prerequisite is a gender specific aspect in the dissertation. Where this is a central theme of the project, a membership throughout the course of studies is recommended. If gender aspects are only a minor question, a temporary membership (1 semester min.) is equally possible to discuss specific questions or problems with the members of the programme.


Applications are welcome anytime to i.fischer(at)uni-graz.at: Please include an abstract of the dissertation project (3500-7000 chars.), letter of motivation and short CV.

Currently, 12 habilitated teachers are members of the programme, as well as one co-opted researcher of gender history. Spokeswoman is Univ.-Prof.in Dr.in Dr.h.c. Irmtraud Fischer, vice spokeswoman Univ.-Prof.in Dr.in Renate Ortlieb.

Does joining the programme improve my chances for support or scholarships?

A membership in the graduate programme highlights the interdisciplinary expertise of students and unterlines their competence in gender relevant questions.

Those are important signals in applications for scholarships, grants, research projects and travel cost support. Since "Gender" is a cluster within "Heterogenity and Cohesion", the membership indicates the participation in a research core area of the university of Graz. Furthermore, participation in events recommended by the programme is free for members.

What do I have to do in the programme?

The DQ not only presents the opportunity to present and discuss gender relevant questions, but also to actively take part in events (conferences, lectures, workshops, exhibitions ...)

There is no time limit for dissertations.


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c.

Irmtraud Fischer

Department of Old Testament Studies

Heinrichstr. 78 B, EG

Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 6021

by arrangement (e-mail)

Deputy Spokesperson

Univ.-Prof. Dr.

Renate Ortlieb

Department of Human Resource Management
Elisabethstraße 50, 8010 Graz

Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 7191

by arrangement (e-mail)

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