As a bridging qualification phase between student and postdoctoral researcher, the education of doctoral candidates plays a special role within the FYORD program. During the doctoral phase, candidates are given a framework of supervision that ensures scientific mentoring, equip themselves with scientific and transferrable skills and are supported in orienting themselves for life after the doctorate.

Course program

We shape courses and events specifically to the needs of doctoral researchers in marine science, with a mix of scientific training, transferrable skill training and support in addressing career opportunities after the doctoral degree. Courses are created on demand and with input from doctoral representatives from the CAU and GEOMAR.

Work on research vessel
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Students at the internship on the research vessel ALKOR take water samples


Candidates and their supervisors joining the FYORD program enter a written supervision agreement in which they commit to open communication and scientific mentorship, with two thesis committee meetings per year. We support the thesis committee as required to ensure that the doctoral phase can be most effectively used for scientific output and career orientation of the candidate.



For doctoral researchers, a lively network throughout the scientific community is of value to find orientation within the academic world and receive feedback regarding their scientific ideas and project from people other than their mentors or direct colleagues. Docs@FYORD organizes annual retreats for the status group to present their scientific projects. The retreats do not just shape presentation skills but also create awareness for other areas of expertise within the marine sciences and foster collaborations between doctoral researchers from scientific areas.


Dr. habil. Avan Antia