New modes of training – different careers

This project addresses the processes and outcomes of doctoral training and their impact on the subsequent careers and work affiliations of PhD graduates. The three-year project is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and will be based empirically on a large scale written survey among this target group in Germany.

The project assesses the German experience with the doctoral degree as a ticket to multiple journeys on the labour market inside and - quantitatively more important - outside academe. The project will compare ‘traditional’ modes of training of PhD candidates and the new modes of training in graduate schools, their impact on the processes and outcomes of training as well as on the further careers of PhD graduates. The project will also contribute as a follow-on study to the further investigation of change and stability over time by comparing training and careers of PhD graduates from the late 1970s to those of 2000.

Researcher: Andrea Kottman; Jürgen Enders