GESIS’ self-conception as leading infrastructure institution for the social sciences in Germany requires excellent scientific work using the latest findings in the field of social sciences, survey methodology and computer sciences. Thus, supporting distinguished doctoral theses with the help of the GESIS Doctoral Program is an important component of this self-conception.
The GESIS Doctoral Program is a structured interdisciplinary graduate programme for all doctoral candidates working at GESIS.
Doctoral studies are carried out in collaboration with universities since only those are entitled to confer doctorates. Hence both the doctoral process and the attainment of the associated academic title are governed by the respective regulations of the university (or of the university faculty or department) where the doctorate is registered and carried out.
Given this structure, the GESIS Doctoral Program offers these doctoral candidates an individually fitted program of networking- and advanced training events. Moreover, the doctoral candidates receive further support in attending conferences and external training courses as well as in extending international cooperations. Additionally, they may, as all other GESIS employees, participate in the courses of GESIS Training free of charge.
The department heads, as well as other GESIS employees who are eligible to serve as doctoral advisors, constitute the Staff Council of the GESIS Doctoral Program. Currently, the Staff Council of the GESIS Doctoral Program consists of the following colleagues:
The curriculum of the GESIS Doctoral Program reflects the requirements of the current regulations of the university where the doctorate is registered and carried out. Within the frame of the program doctoral candidates participate, as a rule, in the following offerings:
- Internal and external summer schools
- Networking Days
- Workshops carried out by GESIS Training
- Workshops on “Academic Writing” and “Academic Presentation”