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The In­sti­tute’s fac­ulty mem­bers are avail­able to su­per­vise doc­toral/PhD theses in their re­spect­ive re­search areas.

In­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing for doc­toral stud­ies with us?

If you con­sider ask­ing Sigrid Stagl, Stefan Giljum, Re­in­hard Mechler, Chris­tian Ram­mel, and / or Ar­mon Rezai to su­per­vise your dis­ser­ta­tion, please note the fol­low­ing con­di­tions:

  • In our view, doc­toral stud­ies serve as a pre­par­a­tion for work in aca­demia/at re­search in­sti­tutes/at think tanks.

  • We are happy to con­sider su­per­vi­sion of dis­ser­ta­tions deal­ing with top­ics that re­late to our re­search fields.

  • Co-su­per­vi­sion is the norm. This way you get more feed­back, and the sug­ges­tions are based on a broader range of per­spect­ives.

  • We prefer to re­ceive your texts in Eng­lish, as this makes it easier to sub­mit your work to in­ter­na­tional peer­-re­viewed journ­als.

  • We nor­mally meet our doc­toral stu­dents at least once a month for dis­cus­sions.

  • We ac­know­ledge that you may need to take on part-­time em­ploy­ment to pay the bills. However, your doc­toral stud­ies should be your main activ­ity. It is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to com­bine doc­toral stud­ies with full-­time work; this op­tion is only real­istic if your em­ployer sup­ports your stud­ies by grant­ing a re­duc­tion in work­ing hours or leave at key stages of the doc­toral pro­ject.

  • Doc­toral stud­ies are nor­mally com­pleted in 3-4 years.

  • It is gen­er­ally possible and re­com­men­ded to write a cu­mu­lat­ive dis­ser­ta­tion, which means you primar­ily fo­cus on writ­ing 3 (or more) pub­lish­able pa­pers. These are even­tu­ally in­teg­rated into a single doc­u­ment, with an ad­ded in­tro­duc­tion that puts the in­di­vidual pa­pers into a single, co­her­ent frame­work, and a dis­cus­sion of the meth­ods and main find­ings.

  • The ex­pec­ted out­come of a dis­ser­ta­tion are three articles suit­able for pub­lic­a­tion in in­ter­na­tional peer­-re­viewed journ­als.

If these con­di­tions are con­sist­ent with your goals, we look for­ward to re­ceiv­ing your pro­posal.

For fur­ther in­form­a­tion about doc­toral/PhD pro­grams at WU, please visit the WU doc­toral/PhD pro­grams info page.

A non-ex­haust­ive list of fund­ing op­por­tun­it­ies our PhD can­did­ates have ap­plied to in the past (eli­gib­il­ity cri­teria might ap­ply) can be found here.

Barbara GAAL
Barbara GAAL

Secretary Office