Pursuing a doctoral degree is tough. It takes a lot of dedication and passion for science to voluntarily commit typically more than three years to working towards a far-off and often poorly defined goal. In many cases, the workload is high and the payment less than attractive. On top of that, not only do fields of research and projects vary a lot between disciplines, but also from site to site and from institution to institution. Furthermore, working conditions and scientific conduct may be blatantly different for other doctoral researchers even though they are in the same situation. So how can we make sure that the highly diverse German academic landscape manages to keep up its renowned high quality in research and education?