The t.e.a.m. programme for female doctoral researchers is aimed specifically at women in the doctoral phase at the Leipzig University. It offers an individual mentoring tandem with a professor at the university, further training in the form of workshops, exchange with experts at the Leipzig University, and networking rounds with female role models outside academia. The programme runs for one year.


t.e.a.m. is based on the building blocks of training, expertise, alliances and mentoring. The programme offers women impulses and empowerment in personal and professional terms. Women of all scientific qualification levels are specifically prepared for career options in science. The broad network of female scientists from all disciplines and qualification levels also promotes knowledge transfer and interdisciplinary cooperation.


An essential component are the workshops tailored to the scientific field, which, in addition to leadership and scientific competence, also address personal career planning. The training courses, which usually last one day, are offered by proven experts. In addition, the selection of topics for the workshops is specially designed for the qualification level of the doctorate and is adapted as needed.


In order to make the institutional realities of our university and the existing expertise accessible, the Expertise roundtable was integrated as a programme component. Here, experts and executives from the administration and academia of our university are in discussion to provide specific insights into university operations and to give a face to relevant structural areas. In this way, participants become better acquainted with the workings of the institutions most important to their academic careers - for example, the area of research funding and financing.


During the networking events, participants meet women who have successfully completed their career paths in culture, politics and business. The perspective of the female guests provides impulses for opportunities outside of academia. In an informal atmosphere, the mentees exchange experiences with professionally experienced women with inspiring biographies.


The core of the programme is the individual mentoring between a professor and a female doctoral candidate of our university. The matching of the mentoring tandems is based on personal selection interviews and profile sheets. The mentoring is not subject-specific, so mentor and mentee do not come from the same discipline. The focus is therefore not on subject content, but on the general conditions of work in science and on the path to a professorship. The mentoring process is jointly designed by the participants on the basis of an agreement on objectives, with the initiative lying on the side of the mentees. The topics covered in regular meetings are diverse: from the informal rules of the game in academia and compatibility issues to the exchange of experiences about the possible career hurdles at various qualification levels.

Information for mentees

The t.e.a.m. programme for female doctoral researchers is aimed exclusively at women in the doctoral phase whose projects are located at the Leipzig University. Participation is free of charge. At the beginning of the programme, mentees receive a briefing to help them shape their mentoring relationship and understand their role in the programme. During the entire programme, project management and coordination are available to provide support.

Participation requires active involvement in the programme. Attendance at the kick-off and closing events must be guaranteed in terms of scheduling. In addition, at least three workshops and two further events (expertise, alliances) must be attended. In order to make this possible, the dates will be announced well in advance, if possible. The mentoring tandem also only offers added value if the participants deal intensively with their own situation and show initiative towards the mentor in arranging appointments and in preparing and following up the meetings. The willingness to participate in the social programme is also a prerequisite.

During face-to-face events, there is the possibility of making use of free childcare. In order to ensure that this can be organized, the programme coordinator will ask about the need for childcare at an early stage of each event. In addition, other needs with regard to accessibility, such as assistance requirements or sign language interpretation, can be specified.

Through the mentoring, I gained clarity: for my further doctorate and for my career path afterwards. Seeing how other female doctoral students deal with hurdles on the way to a doctorate has encouraged me

t.e.a.m. alumna, cohort 2021

I highly recommend the t.e.a.m. program for all those who want to develop. For me, the events were a great mix of professional input, expanding my own resources, taking in other perspectives and having fun

t.e.a.m.-Alumna, cohort 2022

Information for mentors

Mentoring is based on the sharing of experience. At t.e.a.m., female doctoral researchers benefit from the advice and support of professorial managers. The latter, in turn, gain insights into the needs of young female scientists through mutual exchange. For the mentoring pool of the programme, we are continuously looking for female professors and professors of our university who want to engage themselves with their knowledge and experience for female doctoral researchers.

Before the start of the programme, mentors receive a briefing on their role as mentors, if required. At the beginning of each mentoring session, the mentor and mentee then draw up a joint agreement on objectives, which serves as an orientation and control instrument. To establish a successful mentoring partnership for both sides, regular contact between mentor and mentee is recommended. At best, this can take place in the form of personal meetings or digitally and can be supplemented by e-mail exchanges. The intervals between meetings should not exceed three months and should be estimated at one to two hours per meeting.

The mentorship is based on the initiative of the mentee, who encourages regular meetings and prepares and follows up on the content. On the part of the mentor, the focus is on the willingness to take time for the mentee's concerns and to work out solutions in a discursive exchange. If you have any questions about mentoring, please contact the project coordinator at any time.


Below is the programme schedule for the 2021-2022 and 2022–2023 cohorts. Prior to each event, mentees will receive an invitation requesting registration for each programme item.

  • Kick-off
    Launch event (digital)
    8 July 2021 | 1pm–2pm
  • Workshop
    TK-MentalStrategien I (in presence)
    23 September 2021 | 9.30am–13.30pm
  • Alliances Talk
    Personal development (digital)
    4 October 2021 | 16.30pm–6pm
  • Workshop
    Personal position determination and career planning (digital)
    21 October 2021 | 9am–1pm
  • Workshop
    TK-MentalStrategien II (in presence)
    19 October 2021 | 9.30am–13:30pm
  • Workshop
    Reflecting Team I (in presence)
    5 November 2021 | 10am–1pm
  • Workshop
    TK-MentalStrategien III (digital)
    11 November 2021 | 9.30am–13:30pm
  • Expertise Talk
    Dual Career and Appointment Process (digital)
    11 November 2021 |16.30pm–6pm
  • Workshop
    TK-MentalStrategien IV (digital)
    9 December 2021 | 09.30am–13.30pm
  • Workshop
    TK-MentalStrategien V (digital)
    12 January 2022 | 9.30am–13.30pm
  • Alliances Talk
    Academic Entrepreneurship - Scientist & Founder (digital)
    13 January 2022 |16.30pm–6pm
  • Workshop
    Micropolitical Competences (digital)
    27 January / 3 February 2022 | 9.30am–13.30pm
  • Workshop
    Reflecting Team II (digital)
    10 February 2022 |10.30am–13.30pm
  • Expertise Talk
    Research Funding (digital)
    17 March 2022 |16.30pm–6pm
  • Workshop
    Financial Empowerment: Strengthen your financial self-confidence (digital)
    24 March 2022 | 9am–4pm
  • Workshop
    Presentation Training: Appearance-Voice-Effectiveness (in presence)
    31 March / 1 April 2022 | 9am–4pm
  • Workshop
    Conflict management (in presence) --> CANCELLED
    8 April 2022 | 9am–16.30pm
  • Alliances Talk
    Leadership in media companies (digital) --> CANCELLED
    12 May 2022 |16.30pm–6pm
  • Workshop
    Intellectual property, patents, trademarks and industrial property rights (digital)
    24 May 2022 |10am–1pm
  • Expertise Talk
    Academic stays abroad (digital)
    2 June 2022 | 16.30pm–6pm
  • Workshop
    Self, time and task management (in presence)
    10  June 2022 | 9am–16:30pm
  • Closing
    Closing ceremony
    28 June 2022 | 1pm–18:30pm
  • Kick-off
    Launch event "t.e.a.m. UP 2022" (Mediencampus Villla Ida)
    28 June 2022 | 1pm–6:30 pm
  • Workshop
    Location determination and competence analysis for careers within and outside of academia (Villa Tillmanns)
    28 September 2022 | 9am–1pm
  • Workshop
    Stressmanagement I (Strohsackpassage, conference room 3.49)
    11 October 2022 | 10am–1pm
  • Alliances Talk
    Between taking off and staying groundedseveral career priorities (digital)
    13 October 2022 | 4:30pm–6pm
  • Workshop
    Stressmanagement II (Strohsackpassage, conference room 3.49)
    8 November 2022 | 10am–1pm
  • Lunch Talk
    Visiting the Leipzig University - looking beyond one's own horizon (digital)
    17 November 2022 | 12pm–1pm
  • Workshop
    Visibility and strategic networking (Strohsackpassage, conference room 3.49)
    1 December 2022 | 10am–5pm
  • Alliances Talk
    Leadership in media companies (digital)
    19 January 2023 | 4:30pm–6pm
  • Workshop
    Preparing a disputation: presentation training (Strohsackpassage, conference room 3.49)
    23 February 2023 | 9am–4pm
  • Expertise Talk
    Research data management (digital)
    9 March 2023 | 4:30pm–6pm
  • Alliances Talk
    The professorship at a University of Applied Sciences as a career option (hybrid)
    3 May 2023 | 16:30pm–6pm
  • Workshop
    Basics of Teaching in Higher Education (Strohsackpassage, conference room 3.49)
    9 May 2023 | 9am–4pm
  • Expertise Talk
    Publishing with Open Access (digital)
    8 June 2023 | 4:30pm–6pm
  • Workshop
    Role identification and demarcation in the area of conflict between leading and being led (Strohsackpassage, conference room 3.49)
    14 June 2023 | 9am–1pm
  • Closing
    Closing ceremony (Mediencampus Villla Ida)
    21 June 2023 | 12pm–7:30 pm
  • Kick off
    t.e.a.m. UP conference 2023 (Mediencampus Villa Ida)
    21 June 2023 |12pm–7:30pm
  • Input
    Mentee Briefing (Strohsackpassage, 3. floor, conference room 3.49)
    10 May 2023 | 9:30am–11:30am
  • Workshop
    Careers inside and outside academia: orientation and competence analysis (Strohsackpassage, 3. floor, conference room 3.49)
    18 October 2023 | 9:00am–12:30pm
  • Workshop
    Mutterschutz, Elternzeit, wissenschaftliche Karriere - rechtliche Grundlagen und Fallstricke (digital)
    20 October 2023 |9:30am–12:30pm
  • Alliances Talk
    Building bridges between university and non-university research institute (digital)
    26 October 2023 | 12pm–1:30pm
  • Workshop
    Self and time management (Strohsackpassage, 3. floor, conference room 3.49)
    6 December 2023 | 9am–1pm



The current call for applications allows participation in the programme from June 2024 to June 2025. After reviewing all application submissions, the project management invites for personal selection interviews.

Deadline for applications

Extended application period until 20th March 2024.

Requirements for participation

The programme is aimed at committed female doctoral researchers from all disciplines at the Leipzig University with

  •     binding interest and high commitment to an active career planning,
  •     openness to constructive feedback and
  •     the willingness to actively participate in t.e.a.m.


Send us your application by e-mail (in a PDF document, max. 5 MB) to by 20th March 2024. All information will be treated confidentially. Please note that threats to confidentiality and unauthorized access by third parties cannot be ruled out when communicating by unencrypted e-mail.

Basically, the following documents are required for application:

  • Application form (Download)
  • Letter of motivation (1 page)
  • curriculum vitae

For your information, please find here the data protection sheet for participation in the t.e.a.m. programme. (Download)