Support for PhD Student at the FHI

We are there to help you on your way to the doctorate.

We are the local subgroup of the Max Planck PhD Network and consist of members of the five departments of the FHI.

Arriving in Berlin can be overwhelming. We collect information that makes your life easier and more fun.

Our missions are:

  • Represent all PhD
  • Help you to settle in
  •  Solve problems that may occur with group- or department leader
  • Support the interdepartmental communication of the PhD students by organizing social and educational  events

If you are a new PhD Student at the FHI, please have a look in our "Starting Overview" which we put together.

If you have questions, problems, suggestions or like to participate in the events please contact us (!

Getting started at the Fritz

We put together a list of things that will help you to get started at the FHI.

Administrative Struggles

When you first arrive in Berlin, words like "Einwohnermeldeamt", "Krankenkasse" and "Wohnungsgeberbestätigung" seem daunting and finding an appartment close to impossible.

Our Welcome Office will help you!

What to do with your free time

Work-life balance is a very important topic during your PhD. After a tiring day or week in the lab or at your desk, there are plenty of great things to do in Berlin. They will take your mind off work, refresh your brain and open up new horizons.

Berlin is also great to find your personal style and like-minded people.

We collected our favorite leisure activities in and around Berlin for you!

Mental Health

Doing your PhD is hard. Many students struggle with mental health issues during their graduate studies. The MPG Mental Health Collective (Twitter) collects information and organizes virtual gatherings to talk about solutions to mental health problems. They also have a mailing list!

The MPG PhDnet

Useful Links

Subscribe to the FHI PhD students mailing list
PhDnet of the MPG
Subscribe to the PhDnet (MPG) mailing list
Local hubs
Max Planck PhDnet Statutes
Constitution of the FHI PhDnet
Guidelines for PhD representatives

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