EduCap started in October 2008 and receives its funding from the Ministry of Innovation, Science, Research and Technology of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Bielefeld University and the University of Dortmund.
Prof. Dr. Hans-Uwe Otto, University of Bielefeld, has been speaker until March 2011. The current speaker is Prof. Dr. Uta Quasthoff, Technische Universität Dortmund.
EduCap is an international graduate research school situated at two universities in North Rhine-Westphalia that excel in educational research in a broad sense. It offers scholarships for a three-year doctoral program in English.
The highly qualified faculty consists of researchers from the Bielefeld University and the Technische Universität Dortmund. The Principal Investigators cover the whole disciplinary range of research and teaching fields of EduCap: empirical educational science, psychology, (applied) linguistics, sociology, social work, as well as philosophy of education.
The thematic focus lies on the analysis of developmental options and opportunities for children, adolescents and young adults to advance in the field of social and language related competencies.
Teaching covers important fields relevant to empirical and theoretical analysis of educational research with special emphasis on methodological training in both quantitative and qualitative research.
One of the most innovative aspects of EduCap’s training program is a large-scale longitudinal study (LS) designed for the participation of the doctoral students. The sample of the LS covers approx. 50 modern secondary schools, middle schools and vocational schools in the Bielefeld-Dortmund region.
EduCap currently trains 25 scholarship holders and 25 externally financed doctoral students at both locations. 6 scholarship holders already gained a doctorate.
Each student is supervised by two professors, preferably from different disciplines.
Students will be offered scientific soft skills courses (e.g. scientific writing, high-performance presentation), mentoring and career counseling. Students are expected to take part in self-organized activities.