LEAD Graduate School


The LEAD Graduate School & Research Network at the University of Tübingen is an international, interdisciplinary research and training program on education (Learning, Educational Achievement, and Life Course Development).

Target Group

PhD students and postdocs from the following research fields: Education Sciences, Cognitive, Social, and Motivational Psychology, Neuroscience and Informatics, Clinical and Personality Psychology, Language and Linguistics, Sociology and Economics


The LEAD Graduate School aims at fostering outstanding doctoral research on education-related issues and at maintaining the highest standards at all levels of academia: through instigating interdisciplinary research and providing supportive thesis supervision, professional career building, and smooth administrative services. Important elements of the LEAD strategy include master’s programs that prepare for a doctorate within LEAD as well as postdoctoral programs.

LEAD also aims at contributing to the relevance and responsibility of educational research by further developing existing structures in this research area.

Theme Focus

With an innovative and interdisciplinary approach and in close cooperation, doctoral students, postdocs and professors within LEAD focus on seven key questions on teaching and learning, which are equally relevant for science and practice.


  • LEAD Lecture Series
  • LEADing Research Center
  • Cooperation program „Science and School“
  • Retreats
  • Intramural Project Funding, Colloquia

Funding Organizations

Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments

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