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. 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!

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). 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.


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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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!

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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Get-together mailing list

The Get-together mailing list supports doctoral candidates and postdocs at TU Darmstadt in organising get-togethers and promotes exchange within the group of early career researchers. The mailing list is not moderated by Ingenium. Instead, you can initiate a get-together independently by communicating a suggestion for a meeting through the mailing list.

Please note that the official language of the mailing list is English. You can unsubscribe from the mailing list at any time.


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.