Steer Your Career

You might know what your career goal is. You might be absolutely sure you want to be a professor or a teacher, but how do you reach that goal? Maybe it is not even clear how to get in the path to reach your goal. Doing a PhD seems daunting, but it may be even more challenging to successfully navigate the steps that follow. So, what is the next step in your career?  

Young@Heart and the DCVA have partnered with TTOPSTART to create a training program for senior PhD students and junior postdocs to support the next steps in their careers. The course will consist of 6 events or training days in 2023. Applications will open soon and 15 candidates will be selected based on their submitted CV and motivation letter. The program will kick off during the Young@Heart Spring Event (March 31, 2023) with a “diagnosis day” and will end with a brief “End-of-training” session during the Young@Heart Fall Event (November 24, 2023).

You can download an in-depth description of the program content in this presentation. More information about the included Grant Writing training and CANVAS training can also be downloaded. 


If you are interested, you may register by sending your CV and motivation letter to The deadline for applications is March 13, 2023. Applicant selection will be based on several diversity criteria, including institute, gender, field of research, and background.



The DCVA and Young@Heart will cover most of the costs of this program, but your department will be charged a small fee of  €400,- in total (for selected participants only). This is mainly to ensure commitment and participation throughout the program.


If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us or the DCVA and we will be happy to help you! We hope to welcome you in this course during the spring event!