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Nacaps – A Study on Doctoral Candidates in Germany

March 03, 2022

2021 doctoral candidates of your HEI have been invited to take part in the nacaps survey. Nacaps stands for National Academics Panel Study. It is a longitudinal study on doctoral candidates and doctorate holders of the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW). You may have received a link via email that grants you access to take part in the follow-up survey.

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: www.nacaps-datenportal.de.

The anonymised study results will be

  • made available to Nacaps’ partner HEIs for monitoring, controlling and quality management via our data portal
  • prepared for the expert public and decision makers in higher education and science policy in the form of reports, as a basis for evidence-based monitoring of young researchers
  • made available to the scientific community for research purposes via the DZHW Research Data Centre (FDZ) in the form of scientific use files.

The continuous participation gives us the chance to systematically analyse the pathways of early career researchers.

Your participation will influence future decisions, which are relevant for early career researchers.

Take Part!

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.

Scientific research, HEIs and educational policy will benefit from this information – and so will you yourself as an early career researcher!

Further information can be found here: https://www.nacaps.de/en/teilnahme/

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