Teaching-Assistantship for international Ph.D students

The International Office and Graduate Centre of Trier University provide financial support for several teaching assistantships for the winter term 2021/22.

Application deadline: 7 June 2021

The aim of this financially supported teaching assistantship is to give outstanding international doctoral candidates the chance to be actively involved in teaching life at Trier University. The successful candidates have the opportunity to assist in their doctoral supervisor’s courses, or independently teach tutorials accompanying another course within their subject.  In this way, the international doctoral candidate will gain a teaching qualification, and be further integrated into Trier University. Due to the expected limitations on on-site-teaching, online-teaching and blended-teaching formats can be funded during the winter term 2021/22.

The teaching assistantship provides financial support of around 375 Euros per month for four months, using funds sponsored by the Scholarship Foundation for International Students and Young Academics for the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and the German Academic Exchange Service. The successful candidates are expected to spend 4-5 hours per week on teaching (including preparation time). The period of support runs for four months during the winter term 2021/22, including teaching hours as well as preparation time before the start of the teaching term. At the end of the assistantship, the candidate is required to submit a short report on their experience.

Applications are accepted from doctoral students who…

  • are registered at Trier University in order to acquire a doctoral degree qualification
  • are not of German nationality
  • are not receiving a stipend or scholarship from the Scholarship Foundation for International Students and Young Academics or similar organisation (except for scholarships sponsoring individual supervision of the thesis)

Applications can only be accepted which are submitted by the doctoral candidate and their doctoral supervisor together. The candidate is allowed to assist other teaching staff within their field with the permission of their supervisor.

 Application Documents to be supplied by the supervising academic:

  • Brief description of the courses in which the international doctoral candidate will be involved, with a detailed description of their tasks and the duration of their involvement, and an explanation of the suitability of the candidate to the tasks of a teaching assistant.
  • A reference detailing and explaining the international doctoral candidates progress on their thesis project.

Application Documents to be supplied by the doctoral candidate:

  • Properly completed, printed and signed application form
  • Current certificate of enrolment at Trier University
  • CV with photo

Important note:

In case on-site teaching possibilities will again be restricted due to COVID-19 during the winter term 2021, digital teaching formats will also be funded. In this case, please make sure to outline how the supervision of the teaching assistant will be coordinated and how the assistant will gain substantial teaching experience despite the restrictions on on-site teaching. Scholarships can only be given to applications that include a fundamental interaction between the teaching assistant and the students. The sole preparation of teaching material and support in correction tasks without student-teacher interaction cannot be funded. In case on-site teaching will be possible during the summer term, the Teaching Assistantship should be conducted on-site. Virtual teaching will only be funded if the application includes a detailed explanation that outlines why a virtual teaching assistantship is reasonable from a methodological point of view.

Scholarships can only be given to applications that include a fundamental interaction between the teaching assistant and the students. The sole preparation of teaching material and support in correction tasks without student-teacher interaction cannot be funded.

The selection of students for the research assistantships is carried out by a committee of representatives of the International Office and the Graduate Centre on the basis of the written application documents. Selection criteria include academic achievements, the relation between the topic of the doctoral thesis and the planned seminar as well as the integration of the candidate into the seminar (i.e. the cooperation between the professor and the candidate).

Please note that applications which are complete and submitted before the deadline will be considered only.

Forms

Please send your application via mail to:

Ms. Birgit Roser
E-Mail: roseruni-trierde
Tel.: +49651/ 201 2807