RTG 2530 provides a binding thesis committee system for supervision of Doctoral Researchers and a mentoring system for Postdoctoral Researchers. The thesis committee system is the basis for a systematic, transparent and successful doctoral training and it ensures a supportive supervision and a timely completion of the doctorate. The combination of panel supervision and BiCEst’s qualification programme supports the early independence of Doctoral Researchers and their integration in national and international networks. The mentoring system for Postdoctoral Researchers is mainly expected to help them to find and develop their own, independent research focus.
Thesis committee system
RTG 2530 provides a binding thesis committee system for supervision of doctoral researchers. The thesis committee system is the basis for a systematic, transparent and successful doctoral training; it is further expected to ensure a supportive supervision and a timely completion of the doctorate.
The thesis committee acts as a link between different competences and disciplines involved in a doctoral project and gives structured feedback on the development of doctoral projects. Members of the thesis committee are the first and second supervisors and one committee chair. The committee chair is thought not to be directly involved in the research of the doctoral project. She/he has the task to moderate the thesis committee meetings and is also a contact person for the doctoral researcher in case of problems occuring between the supervisors and the doctoral researcher. The committee chair is chosen by the doctoral researcher from the group of principal investigators of RTG 2530.
Meetings of the thesis committee take place (at least) twice a year. They aim at regular progress checks and are to be arranged by the doctoral researcher, who also prepares a short performance report on the progress of the project. The first meeting of the thesis committee should be held late in the third month of each doctoral project.
RTG 2530 provides a form for cumulative panel meeting. This form should be filled in prior to each thesis committee meeting by the respective dorctoral researcher and sent in time to the committee members. After each thesis committee meeting, the form is sent to the RTG 2530 office for documentation and quality assurance.
Kick-off phase of doctoral projects
During the initial kick-off phase in the first three months of each doctoral project, doctoral researchers write a project proposal in cooperation with their first supervisor. This proposal includes a literature review on the topic, the research questions, a method section, an overview on the chapters planned in the dissertation and a time schedule (GANTT chart) for the whole three-years doctoral project including a time period for an internship in a national or international research institution, if applicable. The proposal is reviewed by the first and second supervisor, who also critically reflect on the feasibility of the work programme for a three years doctorate. A revised version of the proposal is then discussed at the first thesis committee meeting.