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GGS-Teaching Assistantship Programme

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The GGS Teaching Assistantship Programme offers international (post)doctoral candidates the chance to gather teaching experience and develop their skills

The application phase ended on February 27th.

What is the GGS Teaching Assistantship Programme about?

For international (post)doctoral candidates it is often difficult to gather teaching experience at JLU Giessen as lectures on Bachelor`s and Master`s level are mainly held in German. Therefore, the GGS is happy to announce the 8th round of the GGS Teaching Assistantship Programme

The aim of the GGS Teaching Assistantship Programme is to offer international (post)doctoral candidates the chance to gather teaching experience which is a key skill if you intend to pursue an academic career.

If you would like to know more about the GGS Teaching Assistantship Programme, have a look at the Teaching Assistantship Programmes of the previous few years.


What do I get out of participating in the GGS Teaching Assistantship Programme?

If you are an international doctoral candidate, please feel invited to share your ideas for paid teaching assistantships (15 € per hour including preparation and lecture time).

Please note that the programme is designed exclusively for GGS members (how to become a member) who are not German citizens and who have obtained their BA degree (or equivalent) outside of Germany. Please note that the TAs are not scholarships.

Which kind of courses will be offered within the TA programme depends entirely on your ideas! Do you have skills, talents and expertise that you would like to share with your fellow PhD colleagues? Would you like to offer an academic writing training for students, doctoral candidates and even postdocs? Are you experienced in research fieldwork or an methodexpert that other GGS members might benefit from? Would like to offer a language course in your mother tongue? Or would you like to present your research project? Tell us all about your ideas!

How can I apply?

The application phase ended on February 27th.

Are there any selection criteria?

The Programme is created exclusively for doctoral candidates and post-doctoral researchers in the Faculties of Law, Economics and Business Studies, and Social Sciences and Cultural Studies at JLU Giessen as well as for doctoral candidates and post-doctoral researchers from other JLU Faculties whose research interests are in line with the GGS research profile.


Your applications will be evaluated based on:

  • innovativeness of the project idea
  • clear and consistent description of the project idea
  • quality of the didactic concept
  • practicability of the course plan/ time schedule
  • attractiveness of the course for doctoral candidates of the GGS

What events does the GGS Teaching Assistantship Programm include?

The GGS Teaching Assistantship Programme includes a kick-off meeting, a two-day preparatory workshop and a final get-together. Please note that your participation in these events is mandatory as well as the attendance in the lectures and workshops of your fellow colleagues (!).



Kick-Off Meeting

March 22, 2020, 2 hours

Due to the circumstances surrounding the spread of Covid-19, we are currently working on giving you an online-introduction to the TA programme.

In the kick-off meeting you will get to know your fellow colleagues and receive all relevant information on the structure of the programme.


Preparatory Workshop

April 2 & April 3, 2020,

2 days

Due to the circumstances surrounding the spread of Covid-19, the workshop "Teaching in English" will be canceled.

Develop and discuss your course content and train your didactical skills with an exclusive trainer in a 2-day preparatory workshop. Learn how to present your content and how to engage your future target group.

Weekly Lectures/Workshops  on Wednesday April 22 to July 15, 2020

On a weekly basis, you and your colleagues will give each other lectures/workshops to gain teaching experience.

Lectures will take place from 4p.m. to 6p.m., while  workshops will take place from 4p.m. to 8p.m.

Final Get-Together July 15, 2020, 2 hours Final get-together for the distribution of certificates of participation, the evaluation of the programme and the completion of last documents necessary for your payment.


What are the terms of participation and payment?

  • 100% attendance at the kick-off meeting, the preparatory workshops and the final get-together.
    If you have already attended the preparatory workshops in a previous round of the TA programme, participation is optional. However, please note that payment for the attendance in this year's workshops can only be made, if you choose to attend.
  • 80% attendance in the lectures and workshops of your TAP-colleagues.
  • If you are not able to attend one of the events/workshops/lectures, it is crucial that you excuse yourself via email ( no later than 24h in advance of the event.
  • All deadlines (e.g. for the submission of documents concerning your participation, lecture/workshop or payment) must be met on time.
  • The participation in the evaluation of each event/workshop/lecture is mandatory.

In the event of a breach of the above mentioned terms, we reserve the right to reduce your payment.