Is It Possible to Combine Completing a Doctorate with Having a Family?

Michael Schöner, Head of the Graduate Academy at work: Planting trees for the children in the arboretum with the help of his daughter. (c) Caroline Schöner

Support measures offered by the University of Greifswald

All of the information about the compatibility of family and university can be found here. In particular, you will find recommendations with respect to the topics studies and employment with children as well as caring for relatives [de].

Relevant forms and information on procedures and legal regulations can be found on the HR Department’s website.

Parental leave during the doctorate?

Which financial benefits am I entitled to and how can I apply for them? Which deadlines do I need to consider? What is important when? Answers to questions with respect to parental leave, parental benefits & co. during the doctorate, clearly subdivided for positions specifically linked to further academic qualification (doctorate/habilitation) and third-party funded positions, as well as doctoral scholarships can be found here [de].

The DFG supports early career researchers with combining the compatibility of scientific further education with starting a family.

The website ways to care [de] from the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth provides answers to questions about reconciling work and the care of relatives.

Experience reports

Completing a doctorate with a child [de] – First-hand experience reports in Janine’s blog

Academics [de] – Guide to achieving your doctorate with family

Coachingzonen Wissenschaft [de] - Guest article "Today I work, tomorrow I’ll have children, and the day after tomorrow I’ll obtain my doctorate?" [de]

Studi.Lektor [de]- How you can reconcile your dissertation and your family

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Graduate Academy of the University of Greifswald


Dr. Michael G. Schöner

Tel.: +49 3834 420 1618