RWTH Center for Young Academics


Promoting the Next Generation of Academics

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The Center for Young Academics, or CYA for short, is the central point of contact for information, career development, and networking for doctoral candidates, postdocs and Advanced Talents at RWTH Aachen University.
Here, young academics are intensively advised and supported in all  career phases, from the doctorate to the postdoc phase to the professorship.

Through a varied and contemporary range of personnel development services, we support you both in reflecting upon and evaluating your career prospects and in putting them into practice. In addition to academic career paths, we offer targeted measures for non-university fields of activity in business and society.

Each qualification phase has different requirements and framework conditions - which is why we have bundled and focused our offerings into Academies for specific target groups.


RWTH Doctoral Academy

The RWTH Doctoral Academy offers doctoral candidates at RWTH a comprehensive, interdisciplinary range of services for competence development, individual counseling and networking. In our portfolio of more than 200 continuing education courses each year, you are sure to find a suitable offer for personal development during the doctoral phase.


RWTH Postdoc Academy

The services provided by the RWTH Postdoc Academy focus on identifying your future career path and teaching you the relevant skills. Whether it's coaching, exchange with colleagues or continuing education seminars - we support you in career development within and outside of academia.


RWTH Advanced Talents Hub

The RWTH Advanced Talents Hub supports promising academic talents on their way to professorships. This includes tenure-track and junior professorships as well as junior research group leaders or junior principal investigator fellows. Exclusive offers and peer coaching expand your network and pave the way to professorship.


Good to Know

Managed by a Steering Committee

Representatives of the faculties, profile areas, doctoral candidates and postdocs form the steering committee of the Center for Young Academics. Joint solutions to challenges are developed in agile focus groups, gradually creating an overarching culture of promoting young academics at RWTH.

Scientific Integrity at RWTH Aachen University

The commitment to scientific integrity is anchored in the guidelines for ensuring good scientific practice. They promote the implementation of a basic ethical attitude of integrity and honesty in science and create orientation in scientific work.

Commitment to Qualification

A transparent supervisory relationship serves as the basis for the entire qualification process. Central codes for doctoral candidates as well as for young academics after their doctorate serve as a basis.

Become Tomorrow's Leader Today

Regardless of your career path, leadership skills based on communication, appreciation and trust are essential. At the Center for Professional Leadership, you will find an extensive range of continuing education opportunities.


Further RWTH Offers

Information for International Researchers

International doctoral candidates will find the Welcome Center to be another point of contact during their journey at RWTH Aachen University.

Doing a Doctorate at RWTH

All doctoral positions and information on doing a doctorate at RWTH can be found here. The Doctoral Academy also offers a comprehensive range of continuing education courses as well as personal advice.

Doing a Postdoc at RWTH

As a postdoc at RWTH, you will find an overview of all postdoc positions here. The Postdoc Academy additionally offers extensive career counseling and continuing education opportunities.

Supervision and Teaching

The Center for Teaching and Learning Services as well as the Center for Professional Leadership are your points of contact to provide you with the best possible support in the area of teaching or leadership.

Funding and Scholarships

RWTH Aachen University offers its young scientists various research funding opportunities and scholarships.

Diversity and Family

The compatibility of family and career as well as a culture that promotes diversity are core values for us at RWTH. Please contact the Equal Opportunities Office or IGaD for more information.