FAUnext career programme


FAU considers the education and training of staff with high potential as one of its greatest obligations and most important opportunities.

Are achieving professional independence, strengthening academic profiles and gaining additional skills some of your top priorities?

Then why not take part in a qualification programme that is unique among universities throughout Germany, and offers you a wide range of training opportunities for all important topics in your current career phase?

Module registration for the winter semester 2021/2022 starts on 30 August 2021.

The advantages at a glance:

  • Individual supervision and selection of the training best suited to your needs
  • Training conducted by excellent and innovative external instructors and internal experts at FAU
  • Includes a personal status review and comprehensive career coaching with certified coaches
  • No time-consuming searches for courses with external providers
  • No overlaps in terms of topics
  • Extensive networking within FAU due to different participants in various modules
  • More cost-effective than individual courses offered by external providers
  • No application necessary if you belong to the target group
  • Small course groups in which the trainers respond to your individual needs

In general, all modules are held in English. If there are no English speakers participating in the modules, they will be held in German.

You can take part in the FAUnext programme if you are one of the following:

  • W1 professor
  • Head of a junior research group at FAU
  • Qualified postdoctoral researcher (participant in Emerging Talents Initiative (ETI) or Erlangen start-up funding (ELAN))

You don’t need to apply to take part in the FAUnext programme. If you are in one of the target groups, you will automatically receive an invitation and can take part at any time.

You can participate in the programme at any time after receiving an invitation. Your training begins with a voluntary individual status review. This comprises a self-reflection form, followed by a feedback meeting at the Graduate Centre if necessary. The results of the status review will help you to select modules for your personal development from the range of modules we offer. You can then register for the modules (registration is binding).

FAUnext provides support to participants in all aspects of the PERO fields of action at FAU. In line with these fields of action, we offer eight modules in addition to a further module for professorship as a career goal. Two modules are offered for each field of action. An additional module with the title ” Professorship as a career goal” cannot be clearly assigned to only one PERO field.

If you participate in the program, you are entitled to the following benefits, which you can access within two years:

  • Participation in three modules of your choice. One module consists of 16 work units (AE) of 60 minutes each.
  • Participation in our annual networking event.
  • Receipt of a self-assessment form.
  • Feedback session on the self-assessment form with a certified career coach to select the modules best suited for you.
  • Career coaching over 4-5 sessions of 1.5 to 2 hours each within your two years of participation, conducted by our certified coaches. You can coordinate the dates individually with your coach.

In addition, the program is designed so that you can also take advantage of all the benefits and complete at least three modules within one year.

Here is a brief overview of the module topics:


  • Module P1 Developing your own style of management – Cultivating self-awareness
  • Module P2 Developing your own style of management – Managing yourself and others


  • Module E1 Advanced Higher Education – Focus on your own teaching
  • Module E2 Online teaching


  • Module R1 Developing competitive third-party projects
  • Module R2 Developing successful networks


  • Module O1 Shape Your FAU Innovator Profile
  • Module O2 Make Your Research Glow

The subject matter covered in our modules is just as relevant to careers pursued outside university, and is not tailored exclusively to becoming a professor. Career paths at university or elsewhere are individual, tailor-made solutions. It is not a case of ‘one size fits all’, and the best way to explore your various options is with individual coaching sessions. In our career coaching, we take a close look at your specific skills, explore what motivates you and, if you like, we can work together to draw up different options both within the university and elsewhere. Read more on our career coaching website.

Contact the programme coordinators

Please contact the programme coordinators at faunext@fau.de if you have any questions.

Dr. Silke Schnurbusch

Leitung Karriereprogramm FAUnext, Coaching, Entwicklung wissenschaftlicher Nachwuchs, Nachwuchsgruppenleitung FAU-NGL
Schlossplatz 4 (Postanschrift); Bahnhofplatz 2 (Besucheranschrift)
91054 Erlangen

Natalie Seifert

Career programme FAUnext, Website, Social Media
Schlossplatz 4 (Postanschrift); Bahnhofplatz 2 (Besucheranschrift)
91054 Erlangen