TU Darmstadt not only offers doctoral candidates an innovative and excellent research environment. We support doctoral candidates in their individual career planning and development in academia, business and society through targeted and tailor-made support.


Ingenium Qualification and Networking Programme

TU Darmstadt promotes the acquisition of competences through a large number of quality-assured and demand-oriented further training courses within the framework of the Ingenium Qualification Programme. The semi-annual programme offers workshops for career development. Registration is necessary and can be made via the registration form on the individual event pages. Courses are free of charge for early career researchers of the TU Darmstadt. You can register for up to five events per programme.

In addition, the Ingenium Networking Programme offers career-relevant information and orientation events. The annual highlight: our kick-off event Impulse – Getting started and connected!

Modular structure of the qualification programme along the phases of a doctorate

Doctoral candidates at the TU can choose their individualized qualification programme from the Ingenium Qualification Programme to match their discipline-specific and personal needs. The assignment of the modules to 1-Starting Phase, 2-Advanced Phase and 3-Final Phase is an Ingenium recommendation.


As outstanding research universities in the Rhine-Main area, Goethe University Frankfurt, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz along with Technical University Darmstadt have joined together to form the RHINE-MAIN UNIVERSITIES (RMU) alliance.

Find out about events organised by our RMU partners in which you can participate:

GRADE Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

Gutenberg Council for Young Researchers (GYR) Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Here, you will find an overview of the INGENIUM workshops which are accessible to Early Career Researchers of the RMU alliance free of charge.

Cooperation Programme

In addition to the general qualification programme, Ingenium offers the organisation of courses on request for interested faculties, graduate schools and research training groups with a special need for courses in their field.

The free services include event management from trainer placement to on-site support (detailed overview of services (opens in new tab) ). The client assumes the complete costs of the trainer (fee plus travel and accommodation costs, cancellation fees due to lack of participants or rescheduling) as well as any additional costs.

Portfolio Ingenium Events

Here you will find an overview of all events from the Qualification Programme, the Networking Programme as well as the Cooperation Programme that Ingenium has offered regularly or on request.


Individual advice is available to doctoral candidates for any general questions concerning the doctoral phase. The focus of advice is, among other things:

  • Financing and (research) funding
  • Structuring and organisation of doctoral phase
  • Skills development
  • Mobility and international experience
  • Career perspectives and career planning
  • Special challenges during the doctoral phase

Please make an appointment in advance.

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Guidelines for the Doctorate

TU Darmstadt has university-wide 'Guidelines on the Promotion of Early Career Researchers through Ingenium'.

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PEERStart is an orientation programme for doctoral candidates at TU Darmstadt. It provides start-up support for networking with other doctoral candidates, offers the possibility to learn and apply peer group supervision methods and provides orientation for the doctorate and beyond

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Impulse – Getting Started and Connected

Impulse – Getting started and connected is an annual event for new doctoral candidates. The event aims at bringing together doctoral candidates from all departments of the university right from the start. Getting to know people who are in the same situation and finding out about the wide variety of services for doctoral candidates provided by different institution of the university are the major goals.

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RMU Social Events

RMU Social Events welcome all doctoral candidates and postdocs of the RMU Alliance.

The aim of the cultural event series RMU Social Event is to give doctoral candidates and postdocs from all three universities – TU Darmstadt, Goethe University Frankfurt and Gutenberg University Mainz – the opportunity to network – and to present them special landmarks of the region.

Next RMU Social Event on 27 July 2024: A boat trip on the Main – free of charge!

Ambassador Programme

Remember all the open questions before your doctorate: is a doctorate the right thing for me? What will be expected of me? How do I find a supervisor or funding?

We would like to enable interested students to exchange their experiences on all these questions – and we need you for that! As an ambassador for your subject, you share your experiences and insights from a doctoral candidate's everyday life and answer questions. Interested? Then please let us know!

Cooperative Doctoral Platforms

There are subject-specific doctoral platforms at TU Darmstadt on which cooperative doctorates are carried out in cooperation with Hessian universities of applied sciences (HAW).

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Additional Services and Trainings

TU Darmstadt has a comprehensive range of funding opportunities that support postdocs in their scientific qualifications and in organisational issues relating to life in Darmstadt.