Nacaps follow-up survey

Nacaps – A Study on Doctoral Candidates in Germany

The Technical University of Munich is partner of the National Academics Panel Study (Nacaps) of the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW). Nacaps is a new longitudinal study on doctoral candidates and doctorate holders.

Nacaps generates versatile research data on the study conditions for doctorates, career aims and professional development, as well as on the general life situation of doctoral candidates and doctorate holders in Germany. The first results of the study are accessible via a data portal: The Technical University of Munich is currently evaluating the results of its doctoral candidates and will draw conclusions for the quality management of the doctoral system at TUM.

The results of the general survey will be used by researchers for scientific publications. They will furthermore help the participating HEIs and decision makers in higher education and science policy to appraise the effectiveness of services or programmes and thus to improve doctorate conditions and support early career researchers more effectively.

In March 2020 the first follow-up survey will start. It is important to take part again, so that trends and career paths can be monitored.

Take Part!

In spring 2019 all doctoral candidates of the Technical University of Munich have been invited to take part in the survey. If you have given your consent you will be invited to also take part in the first follow-up survey. These follow-up surveys will provide us the longitudinal perspective on doctoral candidates’ careers and life paths.

Even if you feel that you did not follow the usual path to, or during your doctoral studies, your participation is very important because only with a wide range of respondents can we gain a full picture of the doctorate landscape. This also applies if you discontinue your doctorate in the meantime or if you only came to Germany for your doctorate or if you intend to leave Germany after completing your doctorate.

Support us with your participation – as a colleague!

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