Fit for the Professorship

Building an academic profile, positioning yourself and strengthening scholarly competencies

Target group: tenure-track professors, junior professors and postdocs at the University of Potsdam
Language: all offers in German
Offers: tailor-made workshops, networking opportunities

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Photo: BMBF, funded 2017-2028


“Fit for the Professorship” provides support for tenure-track professors, junior professors and postdocs during this unique and challenging qualification phase, enabling you to position yourself successfully and handle the demands that come with the new position. The program offers advice on managing different roles and expectations typical for this career path. We support you with individual workshops and networking opportunities among peers and academic staff.

Photo: BMBF, funded 2017-2028

Offerings - Winter Term 2022/23

We support you with workshops and networking opportunities tailored to your needs. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further wishes or ideas.
Please note that all offers are in German.



The half-day online workshops can be booked on their own or as an entire package.  For participation we charge 30€ per workshop.

11.10.202201:00 - 04:30 pmDeveloping a unique leadership role
24.10.202209:00 - 12:30 amHow to become a good team leader -
different methods for communicating, managing conflicts and giving feedback
09.11.202209:00 - 12:30 amSuccessful leadership team building -
managing selection processes, planning and organizing teams
02.12.202209:00 - 12:30 amProfessional communication in academia
25.01.202309:00 - 12:30 amBuilding a leadership profile in research and teaching
15:02.202309:00 - 12:30 amHow to manage the postdoc-to-professor transition successfully


Networking Opportunities

How do I manage cost accounts? Where do I go with my research idea? How do I find out which candidates fit my project? In the 90-minute format "Together in dialogue..." you will meet experts from the University of Potsdam who have answers to your concrete questions from your everyday work.

18.10.202201:00 - 02:30 pm
in presence
Together in dialogue...University Administration
Roundtable discussion with the Vice President for Research,
Early Career Researchers and Equal Opportunities
Prof. Dr. Barbara Höhle
23.11.202201:00 - 02:30 pm
Together in dialogue...D3 Human Ressources and Legal Affairs
How to conduct structured career talks and and employer-employee exchanges
Dr. Tina Urbach
07.12.202202:00 - 03:30 pm
Together in dialogue...D1 Planning, Statistics and Research Affairs
Research projects at the University of Potsdam
Kerstin Schweigel, Dr. Anja Stanciu, Teresa Rodríguez
January 2023tba
Together in dialogue...D4 Finance and Procurement
Budget planning
Sandra Walter
February 2023tbaTogether in dialogue...Potsdam Graduate School
End of Term Meeting


Conditions of participation & further information

  •  The workshops are aimed at tenure-track professors, junior professors and postdocs of the University of Potsdam from all disciplines.
  •  There is a cost contribution of 30 € per workshop. The workshops can be booked on their own or as an entire package.
  •  Participation in the networking formats is free of charge.
  •  During the workshops and networking formats, free childcare can be organized if required. Please contact us in case of need.
  •  Registration: To register for the individual workshops, please click on the corresponding link of the workshop. If you are interested in taking part in the networking parts, please register at least 14 days before the start via the email address nadja.schubertuni-potsdamde.
    You will receive further information after registration.

Further PoGS Offers

  • Financial support, e.g. travel subsidies, publication cost subsidies, proofreading
  • Individual coaching
  • Further education programs, including Science Communication, Science Management, Mentoring Plus, Senior Teaching Professionals Program, Research Management & Leadership, Research Meets Market
  • Workshops on Presentation & Communication, Writing and Management Skills, and Career Development & Orientation
  • Career Talks, Science Club and Spot on PoGS Community

Feel free to browse our website. An overview of the offerings can be found here.

Portrait of Nadja Schubert

Contact person: Nadja Schubert

Potsdam Graduate School


WIS | Wissenschaftsetage, 4th floor
Am Kanal 47
14467 Potsdam

Dr. Robin Möser

Contact person: Dr. Robin Möser


Potsdam Graduate School
WIS | Wissenschaftsetage, 4. Floor
Am Kanal 47
14467 Potsdam