Current Information on the Coronavirus for Doctoral Candidates and Postdocs
Due to the current situation, we would like to draw your attention to the information website of the University of Cologne about current measures and information in connection with the coronavirus (COVID-19). The website is permanently updated.
On the pages of the HR Development for Researchers and the Occupational Health Management you can find further information and tips for working in your home office.
Please also note important current information of the individual faculties (e.g. changes of examination dates, submission of dissertations, opening hours of offices as well as further measures taken by the faculties), that result from the current situation.
For critical personnel questions, you can also contact the general ombudsperson for Early Career Researchers at the University of Cologne, Prof. Martin Henssler. You are also very welcome to contact us first. We will treat your information confidentially and discuss with you further possibilities for action.
The university has also set up an information office for university members and staff. It can be reached via the following e-mail address: info-praeventionverw.uni-koeln.de
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can dissertations in the special situation caused by Corona (Covid-19) be submitted as a digital version via Docfile?
Who should doctoral candidates, supervisors, employees of the doctoral offices and coordinators of the graduate programs contact when it comes to central questions about the doctorate and doctoral law?
Doctoral candidates & Postdocs
Extension possibilities for fixed-term contracts (for qualifications) due to the Corona pandemic
Contract extension Academic Staff
Contract extension Zeitbeamt*innen (Juniorprofessor*innen, Akademische Rät*innen und Oberrät*innen)
How is access regulated to resources such as laboratories and libraries for research work that have a clear time index?
My employment is coming to an end, but I could not complete my project/research/work as planned because of Covid19.
Are the university libraries open and usable again?
I have not been able to cope with my qualification due to the effects of the pandemic and, in the event of a contract extension, I would exceed the maximum time limits according to the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (WissZeitVG). What should I do?
Where do I find support when I feel overwhelmed?
International Postdocs / Visiting Scientists
Who can I contact as an international guest researcher at the University of Cologne if I am planning a stay in Cologne?
Where can I as a guest researcher (e.g. scholarship holder) get an account for the UoC's online access and services?