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PhD interConnect

"PhD interConnect" is the International Office's support and qualification program for international PhD students.

The program includes a series of events such as workshops, seminars, excursions, discussion evenings and other formats.

Under guidance of the International Office, a group of four international doctoral students plans, promotes and organizes this series of events on topics of relevance to both international and local doctoral students.

This gives Ph.D. students the opportunity for further academic and non-academic qualification. In addition, interdisciplinary networks are formed and doctoral students are given the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing internationalization of the UOS.


funded by

Logo of the DAAD, Lettering "Deutscher Akademischer Auslandsdienst / German Academic Exchange Service"

Our events this fall and winter

  1. Identity and Belonging: Integration challenges for academic immigrants

In this two-session workshop, we will discuss some of the challenges that arise when seeking to integrate into a culture different from ours. By sharing our personal experiences, we will define common strategies to overcome these challenges.
Organiser: Adriana Bernal-Escobar
Session 1: "Integration in daily life"
Date: Friday, 17 September 2021, 2 pm - 6 pm
Meeting point: Bus station "Osnabrück Industriemuseum" (Walkinar to nearby Piesberg viewing platform)

Session 2: "Academic integration"
Date: Thursday, 30 September 2021, 3 pm - 6 pm
Place: Online

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Participation in only one session is also possible. Please register by e-mail  until 14 September 2021.

2. Networking and social activities

Our first activity takes us on a guided tour through the university's botanical garden. No registration required. Free admission.
Organiser: Zongyao Yi
Date: Sunday, 3 October 2021, 3 pm
Place: Entrance gate of the botanical garden.

Please feel free to share your ideas/wishes through our poll!

3. Research Communication: ELI5 your PhD

ELI5 means "Explain Like I'm 5": Learning how to explain a complex subject (like your research topic) to non-experts in a brief and simple but yet engaging way. In this workshop, we learn and practice how to use the ELI5 principle that helps us gather interest from others, get valuable feedback and questions, foster exchange and collaboration, get more clarity and insight and feel more understood and valued.
Organiser: Daniel Kudó
Date: Thursday, 4 November 2021, 4.30 pm
Place: Online, click here to join:
No registration required!

4. Intercultural Communication

In this workshop, we will work on the main concepts of the term "Intercultural Communication", get input from a professor from University College London and have the opportunity to share our experiences and thoughts.
Organiser: Maryam Hosseini
Date: Thursday, 13 December 2021, 4 pm
Place: Online, click here to join:
No registration required!

Applications now open!

The latest call for applications (PDF, 108 kB) is open until 15 January 2022. We are looking forward to receiving your application!

Call for applications

Funded by the Federal Foreign Office, STIBET Doktoranden is the DAAD's scholarship and support programme for international doctoral and postdoctoral students. Within the framework of this programme, Osnabrück University’s International Office invites international doctoral candidates who are not employed by the university to apply for one of four fee contracts (a so-called “Honorarvertrag”). Each contract amounts to 500€ and covers the period from February until July 2022.

The project

"PhD_IQ3" involves a series of events that may include workshops, seminars, excursions, discussion evenings and other formats. Closely accompanied by the International Office, a group of four international doctoral candidates plan, advertise and execute these events. You are thus given an opportunity to build up your resume for academic and non-academic purposes, to create networks across disciplinary and national borders, and to contribute to the progressive internationalization of the UOS.

Your tasks

  • Plan and execute the second  "PhD_IQ³" project cycle in cooperation with the three other selected PhDs under the supervision of the International Office
  • Selecting topics, event formats and overall themes
  • Conceptualizing, planning and implementing project activities in cooperation with the other three PhDs
  • Assuming sole responsibility for at least one event (e.g. workshops, seminars, excursions, discussion evenings, etc.)
  • Networking with other doctoral students at the University of Osnabrück
  • Short report after completion of the series of events together with the other three selected PhDs (approx. two pages; an evaluation form will be handed out by the International Office at the appropriate time)

Eligibility and selection criteria

  • UOS’ international doctoral students from all disciplines without active employment at Osnabrück University between February and July 2022 are welcome to apply
    In terms of STIBET doctoral students, international students are doctoral students with foreign citizenship who did not acquire their higher education entrance qualification at a school in Germany
  • Determined and committed pursuit of the doctorate
  • Special interest in international networking and exchange

Application documents

  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form
  • Letter of motivation (preferably including 1-2 short descriptions of ideas for project activities)

Osnabrück University seeks to guarantee equality of opportunity for women and men and strives to correct any gender imbalance in its schools and departments. If two candidates are equally qualified, preference will be given to the candidate with disability status.

Application deadline

We welcome applications until  January 2022.


The Team behind the Project

Adriana Maria Bernal Escobar

I am a Colombian living in Osnabrück since 2018. I am part of UOS’s Institute of Environmental Systems Research where I am finishing my PhD in Natural Sciences. In my doctoral thesis I look at the relevance of equity in the design of Payments for ecosystem services, by conducting economic experiments with Colombian farmers. I love sharing and meeting new people through food. I am excited about this new opportunity to connect with other PhD students and discover new cultures and fields of study.

Maryam Hosseini

I'm Maryam Hosseini. I was born and raised in Iran, Shiraz. I studied translation and linguistics in Tehran. I am a PhD candidate in English studies and linguistics, focusing on cognitive metaphor and emotion. As a member of PhD interconnect group, I will be glad to provide you with an informative workshop on „intercultural communication“, inviting a guest lecturer from the UK!

Zongyao Yi

​​​​​​*Field of research: Intelligent robots
*Responsibilities within the project: organizing networking events and fostering connections between participants
*Hobbies: Badminton, video games


I'm Daniel from Peru, a first-year PhD student in Systematic Musicology. I'm very excited to move to Germany with my family, get to meet different people, and learn lots of new stuff. Not too long ago, I had no idea life would put me on this path. I'm very glad it did. I love music and I desperately need to learn German!"


Your contact person for questions or feedback

Anna-Julia Toll

Tel.: +49 541 969-4106

Raum: 19/E07
International Office
Neuer Graben 27
49074 Osnabrück