Nacaps – National Academics Panel Study


A Longitudinal Study of Doctoral Candidates and Doctoral Graduates

Since 2019, RWTH has been participating in the National Academics Panel Study, Nacaps for short, a longitudinal study of doctoral students and doctoral graduates by the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW).


The Nacaps study surveys doctoral students and doctoral graduates throughout Germany on a regular basis to gather information about issues such as general conditions of doctoral study, career prospects and career paths, and general life situation.

RWTH has been a partner university of DZHW since the beginning of the survey and participated in the February 2019 and February 2021 surveys.

For selected results of the first survey, please refer to the Nacaps Data Portal or the flyer (both in German).

Your contact for the next edition of the survey in February 2023 is Thomas Czirnich from Department 12.1 – Early-Career Researcher Development and Talent Management.

How to Take Part

Doctoral candidates and doctorate holders at RWTH will receive an invitation from the Center of Young Academics to particiate in the Nacaps online survey in February 2023 via email.