The German Research Foundation is setting up 12 new Research Training Groups, a form of graduate school, to further strengthen early scientific career stages. These new alliances also include an International Research Training Group with partners in Israel.
The German Research Foundation (DFG) is setting up 12 new Research Training Groups (RTGs, German:) to further strengthen early scientific career stages. This was decided by the responsible approval committee in Bonn. The new RTG will initially be funded for five years starting in spring 2024 with a total of around 93 million euros. This includes a 22 percent programme flat rate for indirect project costs. Among the new alliances is an International Research Training Group (IRTG) with partners in Israel.
The International Research Training Group ‘Belongings: Jewish Material Culture in and Beyond Europe in the 20th Century’ examines Jewish cultural history based on objects and material goods. With the ambiguous title, which can refer to both ownership and a sense of community, the focus is on the interrelationship between people and objects in 20th century Europe. Despite the focus on the Shoah, the group in Leipzig and Jerusalem also wants to work on topics from other times and regions. The aim is to provide new insights into European-Jewish living environments and their interconnections with the non-Jewish environment.
DFG Research Training Groups
In addition to the 12 new RTGs, the grants committee voted to extend 15 existing Research Training Groups for a further funding period. RTGs offer doctoral students the opportunity to do their doctorate in a structured research and qualification programme at a high professional level. The German Research Foundation currently supports a total of 219 Research Training Groups, including 28 International Research Training Groups.