Reaching for the Stars

Argelander Program for Early-Career Researchers

Enjoy comprehensive support tailored to your interests and career stage with the Argelander Program for Early-Career Researchers at the Argelander Competence Center. Named for Friedrich Wilhelm August Argelander, the program is designed to help you reach your goals within or outside academia. Through a combination of in-depth training, personalized guidance and financial support, we will help you develop as an independent researcher and pursue your own ideas.

Where Are You in Your Journey?

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Considering a Doctorate

Are you considering a doctorate at the University of Bonn? Learn more about the universtiy, our structured PhD programmes and our advisory and consultation service. Get in touch!

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During your Doctoral Studies

Are you pursuing a doctorate at the University of Bonn? Learn more about the comprehensive support and opportunities available to you. We are happy to help!

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After your Doctoral Studies

Are you a postdoc? Find out about the consulting, qualification and support services we offer our postdocs. Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have!

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Bring Your Ideas to Life in an Excellent Research Environment

For 200 years, our University has been shaped by outstanding personalities from a wide range of subjects. We are known for research-led study programs, the international flair of Bonn as German's city of the United Nations and as part of a dynamic science region in the heart of the liveable Rhineland. Our aim is to provide young researchers with a high level of support and foster early academic independence. 


The Argelander Program

The Argelander Program for Early-Career Researchers is comprehensive support system to foster the development of young scientists at all academic stages. The Argelander Program is set on the triangular concept of orientation, qualification and support and aims to

  • foster early independence
  • offer room for development and
  • provide transparent career paths.
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Orientation through Personalized Guidance

We understand that careers are as diverse as the people who pursue them. Through individual advising and coaching, we will help you chart the path that is right for you.

Qualification as a Competitive Advantage

With offerings from good scientific practice and academic writing to presentation techniques and management skills, our popular Doctorate Plus and Postdoc Plus training programs are designed by experts in your field to prepare you for a successful career.

Financial Support

On top of our own funding programs, the Argelander Program connects you with funding for young researchers at every level, from doctoral candidates to tenure-track professors. Opportunities include scholarships, travel subsidies, dissertation awards, research grants and more. 


Friedrich Wilhelm August Argelander

The Argelander Program for Early-Career Researchers is named for one of the University of Bonn’s most renowned and passionate researchers, astronomer Friedrich Wilhelm August Argelander (1799-1875). Argelander’s work remains our inspiration in guiding talented young scientists to fulfill their potential and reach for the stars.

Born in Memel (Klaipėda), Lithuania, Argelander began his academic career at the University of Königsberg in Königsberg, Germany (now Kaliningrad, Russia), in 1817. He started out in cameralism, a discipline focused on public finance administration, but soon switched to pursue his interest in astronomy. Argelander studied under Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel, who became Argelander’s mentor and continued to support him throughout his career. In 1820, Argelander became Bessel’s first assistant at his observatory in Königsberg, a position he held through 1823.

In 1822, Argelander received his doctoral degree and published his influential paper “Untersuchungen der Umlaufbahn des Großen Kometen von 1811 (Examination of the obrit of the Great Comet of 1811).” With Bessel’s assistance, he obtained a position at an observatory in Turku, Finland, and became the first professor of the newly formed astronomy department when he was just 29 years old. By 1836, Argelander was internationally renowned and was recruited by the University of Bonn.

Driven by a thirst for knowledge, Argelander made groundbreaking discoveries during his tenure at the University and earned the rare honor of twice being named chancellor.

His greatest achievement was the Bonner Durchmusterung, a comprehensive astrometric star catalog of the entire sky. It was made possible by a method Argelander developed to map a large number of stars in a relatively short period of time. After making the first observations in 1852, he and his staff – Schmidt, Thormann, Schönfeld and Krüger – spent 11 years preparing the catalog for publication. It contained the position and magnitude of 324,198 stars recorded on 48 star charts. The catalog became one of the most influential standard references in the field of astronomy and made the city of Bonn famous around the world.

In 1863, the same year the Bonner Durchmusterung was first published, Argelander also helped found the German Astronomical Society – only the second astronomical society in the world at that time. The international organization continues today, promoting research, collaboration and public education in the field of astronomy.

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Contact

Bonn Graduate Center

Contact

+49 228 / 73-60141

graduiertenzentrum@uni-bonn.de

Address

Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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