Science and career

Knowledge work is central in our society’s organizations. Hence, the supply of human talents with varied experiences may be considered the knowledge base of our societies, and a significant part of that consists of the talents of the new generation of academics and scientists. The way of training and their career perspectives, and thus the preservation and production of our knowledge base inside and outside academe are central to this project led by Jürgen Enders. The study is supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and will be undertaken in co-operation with the German Center for Research on Higher Education and Work in Kassel.

The empirical basis of the study is a major survey among 2.500 former post-doctoral DFG-fellows from the sciences, life sciences and humanities. Three different cohorts will be asked to report about their experience as participants of respective programs, the outcomes of the fellowship in terms of further qualification and scientific output, and their subsequent careers inside and outside academe. Furthermore, questions related to international mobility and the attractiveness of the German science system for younger scholars as well as questions related to the fairness of the science system will be addressed.


Jürgen Enders

Published in German by DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft):

Wissenschaft und Karriere : Erfahrungen und Werdegänge ehemaliger Stipendiaten der DFG