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The Diesel Medal Postgraduate Programme is an important tool for promoting a culture of innovation and therefore the underlying idea behind the Diesel Medal.

The Diesel Medal Postgraduate Programme is an important tool for promoting a culture of innovation and therefore the underlying idea behind the Diesel Medal. The Postgraduate Programme supports highly qualified graduates in achieving leadership positions in research and industry in order to promote progress on the topics they deal with.
The organisation and structure of the Postgraduate Programme, its links to the Board of Trustees of the Diesel Medal (Dieselkuratorium) via the Decanery, as well as the Technical-Scientific Council guarantee a high quality of doctoral projects and aim to support doctoral candidates in acquiring technical and non-technical qualifications. The Postgraduate Programme also assists candidates in completing their doctoral projects in a swift and goal-oriented manner.

Expressly encouraged interdisciplinary and extracurricular skills development activities include:

  • Conception and planning of research and industry projects;
  • project management;
  • Innovation management and knowledge transfer;
  • Understanding of interdisciplinary issues and potential solutions;
  • Soft skills, especially communication skills, ability to accept criticism, analytical skills, self-discipline, ability to deal with conflicts and thinking in personal networks.

The Diesel Medal Postgraduate Programme especially supports interdisciplinary thinking and doctoral projects dealing with such issues. Topics should:

  • Address a relevant current problem with a link to the industrial sector;
  • Combine an innovative question with a similarly innovative solution approach;
  • Demonstrate how the expected effectiveness, success and sustainability of a solution can be achieved.

The doctorate is evidence of the candidate’s ability to independently bring to conclusion a scientific project. A doctorate as part of the Diesel Medal Postgraduate Programme is more than just a purely theory-based qualification for junior scientists. It also aims to lead to a deeper understanding of interdisciplinary issues within the industrial sector which are relevant to industry practice. In addition, it seeks to help doctoral candidates establish themselves within industrial environments via personal networks.

Funding of the Diesel Medal Postgraduate Programme

In order to confront the competitive challenges related to innovation, companies need employees who not only have the appropriate qualifications and skills, but can also make an active and creative contribution to shaping the future. Companies must take the initiative when it comes to recruiting the best creative minds.

The Decanery of the Board of Trustees of the Diesel Medal (Dieselkuratorium) actively supports the Postgraduate Programme with funding in order to promote invention. It thereby ensures visibility for innovation and the philosophy behind the Diesel Medal. In addition, the work of the Postgraduate Programme is supported by companies through donations to the research programmes.

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