After Graduation

The following points provide an overview of the different phases of the degree.

With the last section, we would like to give some guidance for the time after your graduation. If you come across any questions that are not (or insufficiently) covered in this text, please let us know.


The Göttingen Career Service bridges academic education and professional employment. This gives you the opportunity to set the course for your career while you are still studying. The Career Service provides guidance and information and organises workshops, field trips, talks, and job fairs.

The Göttingen Career Service hosts GoinGlobal which is also geared towards PhD students who plan to pursue international career paths This free service lets you access more than 42 country profiles and more than 16 million job postings worldwide, which are updated daily.

If you are aiming for a professorship as a long-term career goal, you can find an illustrative overview of the path to a professorship on the pages of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

If you have earned your doctorate or will achieve your doctorate soon and wish to pursue an academic career, acquiring external funding is crucial to continue post-doctoral research. The Research and Transfer Department provides information and advice on various funding programmes in the field of research and innovation, such as those of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the federal ministries, programmes of private foundations and much more.

Your contact person in the Team of the Research and Transfer Services is Dr Felix Spöler, to be found under “National and International Research Funding”.

In addition Dr Dominik Seidel (PI within the RTG 2300) has collected some tips on the topic „How to apply for postdoc funding?“, which he likes to share with you.

We would like to stay in contact with you after your graduation. Especially for students embarking on a doctorate your experience is extremely valuable. Additionally, we can together improve the transition from academic education to employment. Mentoring is one possibility to integrate the requirements of future employers with academic education and improve the job prospects of Forest and Agricultural Sciences graduates.

The newsletter is one way of staying in touch with the GFA. If you should not like to continue to receive the newsletter, please revoke your consent that we use your e-mail address (short e-mail is enough). We will then delete your e-mail address from the newsletter mailing list but keep it on record for other alumni-related communication. If you should not wish to be contacted in the context of our work with the alumni community, please let us know.

Other sections of the Doctoral Degree Guideline: