The Supervision Concept
First-year Mentoring: Upon entering the graduate program, the students will be assigned a mentor from the core faculty. In matching students and mentors, we will take into account students’ preferences. The first-year mentor helps students choose their courses in the first semester, puts them in touch with other faculty members working in their respective fields, and deals with any problems that may arise. The first-year mentors also establish an individual supervision agreement with each incoming student.
Research Supervision: After completion of the coursework in the first year, each student chooses a main doctoral advisor and a second mentor. This team may, but need not include the first-year mentor. The student will meet his or her research advisor on a regular basis and the second mentor at least twice per semester. The advisors cooperate in supervising the students’ research, and they support the student in developing a personal career plan, organizing research visits at universities abroad, and preparing for the job market.
Dissertation Committees: The dissertation committee consists of three members, including the main doctoral advisor.
International Mentors: Selected leading international scholars will offer courses and provide advice to graduate students on their research topics. International mentors will also advise students on issues concerning their career planning. A preliminary list of international mentors can be found here.
Postdoctoral Mentors: Junior faculty can have an important role in the supervision of doctoral students. We will establish a postdoctoral mentoring program where each graduate program student is assigned to a small group led by a postdoctoral researcher. These groups meet regularly to discuss research topics as well as the progress of their own work.
Local Integration: It will be a core objective of the graduate program to help students to settle smoothly into their new lives as graduate students in Bavaria. We will organize field trips and outings where the students have the possibility to bond in a relaxed atmosphere.
Placement office and job market preparation: The graduate program actively supports its students in preparing for the non-academic job market in a number of ways. Respective activities on the university and departmental level will be coordinated. Students who want to pursue an academic career will be supported in their preparation for the American and European job markets.