Program for Female Doctoral Students

acadeMIA – Your academic career

On your way to the top? Take part in our doctoral program acadeMIA and take one year to enhance your individual profile. Get in contact with role models of the university at small-scale events and expand your scientific community.

  • Target group

    14 female doctoral students of the University of Mannheim

  • Goal of the program

    English-language qualification program promoting your personal development through the acquisition of social skills and networking

  • Duration

    one year

  • Contents

    The modules consist of one-day workshops lasting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (8 hours with a lunch break). One module lasts two days (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). The workshops take place during the week.

    In addition, there will be an opening and a closing event as well as two informal evening sessions. The dates will be announced in due time.

  • Application process

    Required application documents: A letter of motivation (with a focus on your academic achievements and your professional objectives), your CV and the application form

  • Application deadline

    Currently closed. A new announcement is planned and will be announced here.

  • Fees

    The program is free of charge. Each participant is required to pay EUR 100 to cover the costs for water, coffee, tea, and snacks. You have to pay this catering fee before the first workshop.

acadeMIA is a unique program offered at the University of Mannheim bringing together inspiring female early-stage researchers. In addition to providing a wide range of input during the workshops, the program also contributes to the creation of a group cohesion that lasts beyond acadeMIA!

Cosima Meyer, academic staff member at the chair of Political Science IV and in the “Data and Methods Unit” of the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES). / Credit: Jula Jacob

acadeMIA has been rewarding for me, both from a professional and from a personal perspective. During the training program, I was able to further develop my professional skills and improve the perception of my strengths. In addition, I came into contact with many fascinating young female researchers from various disciplines, thus expanding my horizon enormously. Working with them and the coaches was great fun!

Kerstin Lux, doctoral student at the chair of Scientific Computing / Credit: Privat

The acadeMIA program was very helpful for both my professional and personal development. Thanks to the program, I was able to build a network of women from different disciplines, and the exchange of ideas stimulated exciting interdisciplinary research questions. In addition, I also made some friends during the program, which I still cherish very much even years later.

Anna Bruk, academic staff member at the chair of Micro-Sociology and Social Psychology / Credit: Timo Hecht


Sabine Kußmaul

Sabine Kußmaul (she/her)

Head of the Department of Equal Opportunity and Social Diversity
University of Mannheim
Stabsstelle Gleichstellung und soziale Vielfalt
B 6, 30–32 – Room 020
68159 Mannheim