Graduate Schools, or Research
Training Groups, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
– the most important public funding body for research in Germany –
are established by universities for a period of up to nine years to
promote young researchers. Their key emphasis is on the qualification
of doctoral researchers within the framework of a focused research
programme and a structured training concept.
The Graduate Schools of the TU Berlin assist budding young academics with a systematically designed range of courses. The programmes offered by the university’s professors ensure a sound introduction to each of the respective branches of science. Participants can be supported by scholarships for two years (an extension of one year is possible. Applications for this must go directly to the Graduate Schools). In each Graduate School there is the possibility of conducting phases of research outside of Germany during the doctorate. For programmes with an international focus, this can even be a compulsory element of the programme. Graduate Schools can either be focused on a single academic area, or can be more interdisciplinary in nature. There are many doctoral students participating in the Graduate Schools, who are able to build a solid scientitific qualification by combining sound theoretical work with practical problem-solving.
In this way, our Graduate Schools enhance innovation, the internationalisation of research, and the promotion of young academics, as well as the preparation of doctoral researchers for the complexities of the job market in science and academic areas.
Currently there is no Graduate School located at Faculty V. The last Research Training Group was GRK 1013: Prospective Engineering of Human Technology Interaction  dealing with investigation of human-machine-interaction.