This project ended in June 2019

Dear PhD students, we look forward to seeing you at our events! For your convenience, we also provide info about activities that our internal cooperation partners organize for you.

  • 10.10. Living in Münster: Intercultural crash course for internationals

    Did you know that Münster is one of the most liveable cities in the world? Are you curious to find out about hidden places and the locals' way of living? Join us to discover more about your new city and take advantage to ask questions about whatever seems alien to you. This workshop is part of the welcome days and aims to pave the way for international PhD students for a successful start in Münster and at the WWU.


    Learning outcomes:
    - be able to navigate the city like a local
    - know about the city's history and locals' habits
    - extend your social network


    Target group: PhDs
    Venue: Graduate Centre, seminar room 101
    Time: 10 am - 12 noon
    Hosts: Sabine Schneider & Ina Behmer
    (Projects STIBET & IP@WWU)

    Registration: events.gc@uni-muenster.de

  • 11.10. Negotiation skills: Leading focused discussions with confidence

    As researchers, you spend a large part of your working day negotiating workloads, resources, materials, priorities, terms and conditions, etc. This half-day training is a well-balanced combination of interactive and practice sessions that offer the opportunity to practice the skills needed to becoming more confident in conducting negotiations. After receiving short theoretical input, you will prepare and practice a negotiation with a key partner. We will touch on the solution-focused approach of leading conversations based on the Harvard Negotiation principles. For future reference, participants will receive a pdf file of the training content complete with pictures taken during the training.


    Learning outcomes:
    - experiment with a red thread of a negotiations conversation
    - know how to deal with resistance and challenging partners


    Target group: PhDs
    Venue: Graduate Centre, seminar room 001
    Time: 9 am - 1 pm
    Trainer: Annie Bordeleau
    Participants max.: 12
    (Project IP@WWU)

    Registration: events.gc@uni-muenster.de

  • 11.10. Kick-off meeting & buffet

    Coming from outside Germany to do your PhD at the University of Münster? Each semester the Graduate Centre hosts a welcome evening for all international PhD students. Join us for a relaxed, chatty evening buffet and get ideas about how to make the most of your upcoming research, work and social experiences. The aim of the kick-off meeting is to provide you with practical information and offer space for social interaction among new international PhD students. We will also have a small flea market, where you can get useful items for your new home and donate for a local project.

    Please RSVP by October 5, 2018 to: events.gc@uni-muenster.de. Upon registration, please indicate how many guests you are bringing.


    Learning outcomes:
    - feel welcome at Münster University
    - build a network with fellow PhDs
    - know the university's support services that are vital for a successful transition and academic success
    - understand the research environment at WWU


    Target group: PhDs
    Venue: Graduate Centre, seminar room 001
    Time: 5 - 7 pm
    Host: Sabine Schneider
    (Project STIBET)

  • 12.10. Intercultural training: Doing a PhD in Münster

    In this interactive 4-hour workshop, the young researchers will explore the main competencies that facilitate quickly adapting to a new culture and to a different working environment. The draft agenda will be modified or completed based on the individual requests of the programme participants:
    1) Welcome, goal of the session and collect questions for the day
    2) Answering the questions
    3) What difference can be expected based on Hofstede and other intercultural specialists' work?
    4) What are the phases of adaptation of change
    5) Your personal mission and support network


    Learning outcomes:
    - identify obstacles and overcome them
    - apply insights gained to build solid working relationships
    - make the most of the opportunities offered


    Target group: PhDs
    Venue: Graduate Centre, seminar room 001
    Time: 9 am - 1 pm
    Trainer: Annie Bordeleau
    Participants max.: 12
    (Project IP@WWU)

    Registration: events.gc@uni-muenster.de

  • 13.10. Guided walk: Discovery of Münster's past and present

    Join us for a thrilling and entertaining guided walk through Münster's Old Town: together we will discover the iconic Town Hall and Saint Paul's Cathedral. The famous three cages of Saint Lambert's church will reveal their unique secrets. We will learn about the large-scale destruction during World War II, and subsequent successful reconstruction. Your guide is looking forward to sharing with you the most significant facts about Münster's eventful history and its exciting present.


    You'll know:
    - Münster's essential sights and monuments
    - essential facts about Münster today: where to go and what to do, bicycle capital of Germany
    - more about your fellow PhD students, other postdocs and their backgrounds, and share the most striking stories about your home town


    Target group: PhDs, postdocs
    Meeting point: Graduate Centre
    Time: 11 am - 1 pm
    Guide: Christian Raestrup
    (Projects STIBET, IP@WWU)

    Registration: events.gc@uni-muenster.de

  • 14.10. GOP Variety Theatre "Fashion"

    Enjoy the brilliant, breathtaking performance of top magicians, comedians, and acrobats in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere of Münster's GOP Variety Theatre. A limited number of tickets are available so reserve them as soon as possible at events.gc@uni-muenster.de!


    Goals and learning outcomes:
    - extend your social network
    - explore Münster's cultural offers
    - be part of the city life


    Target group: PhDs
    Free of charge for all students under the age of 27
    (otherwise additional fee of EUR 21,00)
    Meeting point: GOP, Bahnhofstr. 20-22
    Time: 7 - 9 pm
    (Projects STIBET, IP@WWU)

  • 15.10. Support institutions for PhDs at WWU

    What does a PhD at WWU look like? Who can advise me on PhD stipends or job search? What other support institutions for PhDs are there at WWU? The purpose of this English-speaking tour of WWU's institutions is to introduce you to people who help with job hunting, assist with stipend search, and give advice on various issues.


    Learning outcomes:
    - efficiently identify staff who'll help you achieve your personal and academic goals
    - know the environment and successfully navigate support services
    - demonstrate knowledge of resources available to you


    Target group: PhDs
    Meeting point: in front of GC
    Time: 10 - 12 am
    (Project IP@WWU)

    Registration: events.gc@uni-muenster.de

  • 16.10. Finding funding for my future PhD

    There are different possibilities to finance your doctoral study. Where can you find information about external funding bodies (e.g., foundations, charities, and trusts) which support doctoral degree pursuits? Linda will guide you through national and international search engines and databases that contain scholarships, grants and other funding opportunities for your PhD.

    This day is reserved for preparing an application for a suitable scholarship. How does it work? Simply schedule an appointment with Linda and she will spend time on June 11 mentoring you individually. Please inform yourselves about stipends and other financing options provided by your home countries before the scheduled appointment.


    Target group: get-to-know stipend holders
    Venue: Graduate Centre, room 104
    Time: 10 am - 1 pm
    Advisor: Linda Dieks
    (Project IP@WWU)

    Registration: Linda Dieks

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