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BAMBERG GRADUATE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

PROGRAMME

「Doctoral Programme」


The primary goal of our School is to provide doctoral scholars with an outstanding, supportive environment for learning, research, and career development. We believe this aim is best achieved by combining the flexibility of individual supervision with the benefits of a structured doctoral training and education.

 

Learn more about the Graduate School's doctoral programme:

SUPERVISION AND MENTORING

QUALIFICATION PROGRAMME

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

CURRENT COURSES

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// SUPERVISION AND MENTORING


Throughout the programme, doctoral students receive personal advice from a dedicated committee of three professors who are faculty members of the Graduate School. The composition of the supervisory committee, usually consisting of a principal supervisor and two associate supervisors, is agreed with doctoral researchers at the beginning of their doctoral projects and is tailored to the specific requirements of the project. Whereever possible, the thesis committee has an interdisciplinary outlook and comprises scholars representing different intellectual traditions. The Graduate School also allows the inclusion of external supervisors, especially from the School's international partners, providing this is feasible and appropriate.

During a thorough initial assessment of research-training requirements, the candidate and the committee jointly develop an individual research training plan tailored to the student's specific needs. The plan constitutes the core of a doctoral learning agreement students and supervisors sign. This covenant between students and supervisors also includes milestones for students to be met at different stages of their dissertation project. These milestones serve as benchmarks for evaluating thesis progress in discussions with the supervisory committee. Supervisors are committed to provide advice and comment regularly and comprehensively on their students' written work (e.g., draft chapters) and the presentations in the doctoral colloquia.

The learning agreement and the extensive advice given by the thesis committee provide a clear framework for carrying out doctoral research at the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences. However, where it appears appropriate, both the composition of the supervisory committee and the research training plan may later be changed by mutual agreement.

The supervisory team offers support not only in academic concerns, but also matters of post-doctoral career planning. In a special pre-submission meeting, doctoral students and their supervisors discuss career and employment options following completion of the thesis and consider venues for publishing the research results.

In addition to receiving close support from their supervisory committee, newly enrolled students will be assigned a mentor from an earlier cohort of doctoral researchers. The mentor will help them settle in Bamberg both academically and socially.

Female students at the Graduate School have the opportunity to participate in the University's femaleResearcherNetwork (website in German). This programme offers a mentoring scheme where senior female professors share their experiences and advise on gender-specific issues in academic careers.


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// QUALIFICATION PROGRAMME


In addition to receiving advice from their thesis committee, doctoral students go through a qualification programme that enhances their education and employability more generally.

  • For full doctoral members, the qualification period normally lasts three years. During the first two years, they attend a number of compulsory and elective courses, while the final year is almost exclusively devoted to completing the doctoral thesis.
  • Associate doctoral members, usually working part-time on their dissertation, are expected to complete their research within five years. They are obliged to participate in the regular doctoral colloquia, but otherwise only in a smaller number of selected courses. Associate members participate fully in the School's intellectual community and life.

The compulsory part of the programme offers appropriate methodological training, deepens and broadens subject-specific knowledge and provides opportunities for the presentation and discussion of ongoing research. It is designed and applied flexibly, accounting for each student's pre-existing qualifications, personal needs and development. The programme thus allows for the recognition of skills and experiences gained elsewhere. Credits may also be awarded for activities outside the School's curriculum (for example, teaching activities or the organisation of graduate conferences). The individual research training plan is developed during an initial assessment of research-training requirements, but it is regularly reviewed and may be revised if necessary. The School also puts a strong emphasis on tailored seminars and workshops proposed by the doctoral students themselves. This reflects our understanding of the Graduate School's doctoral candidates as active stakeholders taking ownership of their education.

The elective part of the programme is intended to help students acquire important professional skills that improve their career prospects in and outside academia. It includes lectures, seminars, and workshops on a variety of issues such as didactics or academic writing in English.

Attendance of the weekly doctoral seminar is required for all doctoral students (including associate members) throughout the programme. The doctoral seminar lies at the heart of the qualification strategy. It is the focal course for doctoral candidates, contributing to the development and nurturing of a community where early-career researchers share experiences and jointly discuss solutions to research problems. In their first semester, doctoral students use the colloquium to present their research proposals to the group and supervisors and finalize detailed thesis outlines. In subsequent semesters the colloquium offers them an opportunity to discuss their work in progress and receive feedback from peers and the School's faculty.

For an overview of the different types of courses, follow the link below. If not indicated otherwise, these course descriptions outline the requirements for full doctoral members.

+ List of current courses


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// FINANCIAL SUPPORT


Regular doctoral student
s at the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences are either funded by an external source or receive financial support from the Graduate School under the German Excellence Initiative. Each year we offer a number of scholarships. Holders of the doctoral scholarships receive a basic monthly stipend of 1,468 Euro, plus family allowances and child-care expenses in accordance with DFG guidelines where applicable.

All regular doctoral fellows are also provided with appropriate office accommodation and may apply for additional funds from the Graduate School (e.g., for conference travel).

Beneficiaries of a starter scholarship will be equally supported for the duration of one year.

 

 

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