Ongoing Research Projects
DFG-project “Subjective and objective professional success of PhD holders in Germany"
The project examines the professional success of PhD holders in Germany on multiple levels and from various perspectives: We will analyze both subjective and objective criteria, conduct inter-individual and intra-individual comparisons, and focus on PhD holders employed inside and outside academia. Thereby, the project fills an existing research gap because only few studies explore the associations between subjective and objective criteria of success by taking into account that professional success is a multidimensional construct. Moreover, in Germany, there is a lack of information on the situation and the careers of current cohorts of PhD holders. The project aims at expanding knowledge about the career trajectories and the professional success of PhD holders from a variety of disciplines and institutional contexts.
The research project uses data from a panel survey with PhD holders of the 2014 examination cohort (Project: Careers of PhD Holders). In this German-wide study, the German Centre for Higher education Research and Science Studies (DZHW) has observed the careers and life courses of several thousand PhD holders from all disciplines and all institutional contexts over a period of five years.
Funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) – 433155285.