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Conditions for Research

In contrast to taught PhD programs, there is a low amount of coursework, and doctoral researchers are expected to actively take part in shaping the ideas and activities of the GRK. The research profile defined by the GRK provides a framework for the independent research projects undertaken by the doctoral researchers. GKRs also differ from individual PhD projects by creating a space for a group of doctoral researchers to work together and to profit from discussions and exchange with each other. While doctoral researchers are taken seriously as producers of knowledge, the GRK will ensure excellent supervision in order to enable each doctoral researcher to complete their degree within the three years of their funding. Each PhD student will be advised by two supervisors (either 2 PIs of the GRK, or 1 PI of the GRK and 1 international professor). In addition, a range of qualification measures ensures the acquisition of academic and professional skills tailored to the specific profile of each doctoral researcher.

Within the GKR 2638, doctoral researchers are offered staff positions (instead of scholarships) at one of the participating universities for a period of three years, post-doctoral researchers will be hired for a period of four and half years. The quality of the staff positions accords with the respective rates of German Public Service Fare (TV-L E13; Docs are at 65%, Post-Docs at 100% of the entire fares), thus ensuring health care and social security coverage.

As the activities of the GRK take place in Berlin, permanent residency during the semester is demanded.