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​Safeguarding Good Scientific PracticeHide

Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice

Following the approval of the DFG Senate on 14 March 2013, the recommendations for securing good scientific practice were approved by the General Assembly of the DFG at the DFG Annual General Meeting in Berlin. On its basis, the DFG is committed to ensuring good scientific practice as an essential prerequisite for scientific research Attaching utmost importance to work and as a core task of scientific self-control.

English translation starts at page 61

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​Qualificationprogramm of the University of Bayreuth Graduate School (only available in German) Hide

Qualificationprogramm of the University of Bayreuth Graduate School 

This brochure contains the offers from various institutions of the University of Bayreuth: UBT Graduate School, WiN - Early Career Researchers, Further Education Center for Higher Education (FBZHL), Writing Center, Equal Opportunities Unit, Research Funding Unit and University Library, as well as references to other facilities which support doctoral candidates.

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​Doctorate at the University of BayreuthHide

Doctorate at the University of Bayreuth

This brochure contains important information for doctoral candidates at the University of Bayreuth at a glance.

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​Statute of the University of Bayreuth Graduate SchoolHide

Statute of the University of Bayreuth Graduate School

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​Scholarship GuideHide

Scholarship Guide

This brochure has been put together by the University of Bayreuth Graduate School and aims to support doctoral candidates, postdocs and graduates striving to do their habilitation in their search for a suitable scholarship.

In Germany, a differentiated selection of scholarships is available. Here we have compiled, where possible, a comprehensive list of various scholarship opportunities as well as search portals. You will fnd offers available through the University of Bayreuth, as well as suggestions for other scholarship providers. In addition to classic scholarship opportunities, such as those supporting especially talented candidates, you can also fnd a list of feld-specifc and mobility scholarships. In addition, you will fnd information on printing cost stipends as well as the OpenAccess Publishing Fund of the University of Bayreuth. Should you aim to pursue a scientifc career after completing your doctorate, you will also fnd a list of suggestions for fnancing a postdoc and habilitation.

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QZP Guidelines for Doctoral CandidatesHide

QZP Guidelines for Doctoral Candidates

The conditions for doctoral candidates at many universities in Germany and Europe have improved considerably as a result of the development of a broad spectrum of measures related to supervision, support and qualifications, within the framework of structured doctoral training. The goal of structured training is the formation of an extremely attractive research environment for young researchers. This has been accompanied by changes in academic cultures and in the understanding of management within universities. The burdens of doctoral training are shared by offering new support programmes and involving new actors, such as the managing directors of graduate schools, professional trainers and mentors. Young researchers are provided with special support, particularly in the field of professional qualifications and management competence, and this makes it easier for them, together with their supervisors, to concentrate on the research itself.

The focal point of the whole process of pursuing a dissertation remains the candidate’s research performance and the supervisory relationship between supervisor and candidate. In some respects this has become even more important, because supervisors who have been relieved of some advisory duties can now concentrate more exclusively on the key responsibilities of supervision and support of the candidates’ research and also on the specialist qualifications their candidates are acquiring. The transparency of this supervisory relationship makes a decisive contribution to the success of the doctorate.

These guidelines are intended to help to make doctoral supervision even more efficient. They provide a kind of supervisory biography of the course of a doctorate, offering suggestions for the preparatory, research and completion phases and giving all those involved a clearer idea of the organizational questions, problems, technical details and support measures that come into play during the different phases. The goal of doctoral supervision is to provide young researchers with the best possible advice as they prepare to become highly qualified colleagues who are fully integrated into the academic community. This process will work best Preamble 5 if its requirements are equally transparent and comprehensible for both sides, if both sides define, communicate and document their reciprocal expectations and if they understand the doctorate as a project to be developed and fine tuned together.

This English translation of the guidelines aims at two purposes: Firstly, we want to help those international students considering coming to Germany or already pursuing their doctoral degree at a German institution. Secondly, at the international level we intend to contribute to the discussions and, even more important, to the progress on how to improve standards and transparency for doctoral supervision and careers. As our remarks and suggestions have been made from the point of view of the German system, at the inter-national level adjustments may be necessary to meet the specific requirements.

 This paper is the result of a joint project set up by the Qualitätszirkel Promotion (Quality Circle for the Doctorate), a German network involving 11 graduate schools and institutions responsible for quality assurance and support for young researchers, belonging to 10 different universities from different federal Länder. The project sees itself as a forum for the discussion and further development of guidelines and materials, and so ultimately of quality standards for good doctoral supervision at the universities involved and elsewhere. We are aware that our guidelines must be adapted to the different universities and to the current situation of their specialist cultures. They therefore cannot be a patent remedy that will apply everywhere; rather, they are intended to provide food for thought, proposals and the hope and expectation that further discussions and joint measures will follow.

We are circulating our guidelines internationally, in both German and English, and we would be pleased to see as many people as possible using them for the optimization of doctoral supervision in their own institutions. We would also be happy to receive feedback, reports of your own experiences and suggestions for revision. We will be glad to circulate this new knowledge via the national and international networks.

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QZP Guidelines for SupervisorsHide

QZP Guidelines for Supervisors

The conditions for doctoral candidates at many universities in Germany and Europe have improved considerably as a result of the development of a broad spectrum of measures related to supervision, support and qualifications, within the framework of structured doctoral training. The goal of structured training is the formation of an extremely attractive research environment for young researchers. This has been accompanied by changes in academic cultures and in the understanding of management within universities. The burdens of doctoral training are shared by offering new support programmes and involving new actors, such as the managing directors of graduate schools, professional trainers and mentors. Young researchers are provided with special support, particularly in the field of professional qualifications and management competence, and this makes it easier for them, together with their supervisors, to concentrate on the research itself. 

The focal point of the whole process of pursuing a dissertation remains the candidate’s research performance and the supervisory relationship between supervisor and candidate. In some respects this has become even more important, because supervisors who have been relieved of some advisory duties can now concentrate more exclusively on the key responsibilities of supervision and support of the candidates’ research and also on the specialist qualifications their candidates are acquiring. The transparency of this supervisory relationship makes a decisive contribution to the success of the doctorate. 

These guidelines are intended to help to make doctoral supervision even more efficient. They provide a kind of supervisory biography of the course of a doctorate, offering suggestions for the preparatory, research and completion phases and giving all those involved a clearer idea of the organizational questions, problems, technical details and support measures that come into play during the different phases. The goal of doctoral supervision is to provide young researchers with the best possible advice as they prepare to become highly qualified colleagues who are fully integrated into the academic community. This process will work best Preamble 5 if its requirements are equally transparent and comprehensible for both sides, if both sides define, communicate and document their reciprocal expectations and if they understand the doctorate as a project to be developed and fine tuned together.

This English translation of the guidelines aims at two purposes: Firstly, we want to help those international students considering coming to Germany or already pursuing their doctoral degree at a German institution. Secondly, at the international level we intend to contribute to the discussions and, even more important, to the progress on how to improve standards and transparency for doctoral supervision and careers. As our remarks and suggestions have been made from the point of view of the German system, at the inter-national level adjustments may be necessary to meet the specific requirements. 

 This paper is the result of a joint project set up by the Qualitätszirkel Promotion (Quality Circle for the Doctorate), a German network involving 11 graduate schools and institutions responsible for quality assurance and support for young researchers, belonging to 10 different universities from different federal Länder. The project sees itself as a forum for the discussion and further development of guidelines and materials, and so ultimately of quality standards for good doctoral supervision at the universities involved and elsewhere. We are aware that our guidelines must be adapted to the different universities and to the current situation of their specialist cultures. They therefore cannot be a patent remedy that will apply everywhere; rather, they are intended to provide food for thought, proposals and the hope and expectation that further discussions and joint measures will follow. 

We are circulating our guidelines internationally, in both German and English, and we would be pleased to see as many people as possible using them for the optimization of doctoral supervision in their own institutions. We would also be happy to receive feedback, reports of your own experiences and suggestions for revision. We will be glad to circulate this new knowledge via the national and international networks.

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