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Dezentral PhD programms

The doctoral students of ENERGY-TRANS are integrated in several PhD programs.

Opportunities offered by KIT

In 2009, KIT established the KIT School of Energy with the primary goal to serve as an institution for lifelong learning in the field of energy research. KIT School of Energy is based on three pillars: the first one includes the international master course “Energy Technologies”, which will start in 2012 and is executed in cooperation with European partners in the “Knowledge and Innovation Community” KIC InnoEnergy. The second pillar encompasses different highly specialized Graduate Schools for PhD-students, e.g. Areva Nuclear Professional School (funded by AREVA), Graduate School “Energy Relevant Catalysis” (funded by HGF) and the newly-established Graduate School “Energy Scenarios” in cooperation with the University of Stuttgart, DLR and Fraunhofer ISI (funded by HGF). The third pillar of the school contains advanced training programs for professionals.

Opportunities offered by the Research Center on Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies (CIRIUS) - University of Stuttgart

CIRIUS (former ZIRN) has established two Graduate Schools: one on natural hazards and environmental protection (together with KIT) and one on simulation technology in the social sciences. In addition, CIRIUS cooperates with the ETH Zürich on a postgraduate program for safety and risk analysis. CIRIUS also hosts its own doctoral program with more than 14 doctoral students. It provides a scholarly background for training and qualifies a new generation of internationally competitive graduates in the field of environmental sociology. CIRIUS is also partner in the KIT Graduate School of Energy (described above).

Opportunities offered by the UFZ

The UFZ has established the Graduate School HIGRADE for doctoral candidates. It provides a coherent framework for qualifying a new generation of internationally competitive graduates in the field of environmental research. The intention of HIGRADE is to prepare the doctoral candidates for careers in a wide range of environmental fields, i.e. for assuming leading positions in research, management and environmental policy, technology development, consulting and education. Graduate education in HIGRADE is structured, systematic and adapted to the individual needs of the candidates. It builds on the collaboration with six universities. Courses are offered for a range of disciplines including natural as well as social sciences. In addition, soft skill trainings and Summer and Winter Schools are provided.


Opportunities offered by the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU)

The Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) is one of the premier European institutions offering social science PhDs related to environmental and sustainable energy issues. Numerous activities – open to applicants from the Helmholtz Allianz - are organized for the PhD students. A weekly colloquium provides an opportunity for PhD candidates to discuss research design and methodology questions, to engage in theoretical debates, to present and to criticize PhD research. An annual Salzburg Conference related to energy and the environment is organized and PhD students are invited to present their work to a group of experts. Every semester we organize a PhD conference on an issue of interest.

Opportunities offered by the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

Since 2010, the Otto-von-Guericke University hosts its very own Graduate School. The main purpose of the OvG-Graduate School is the optimal support for graduate students and their supervisors alike. By nurturing courses and programs of general interest beyond any specific research topic, the OvG-Graduate School provides knowledge and skills of general interest for graduate students and, thus, the basis for successful graduate research and promotion projects. With the Center for Social Science and Method Development (ZSM) the Otto-von-Guericke University also facilitates the exchange among young social scientists across the various social science disciplines. The Center regularly organizes meetings that reach out to professional research conferences and methods' workshops.

Opportunities offered by the ZEW

The education of doctoral students is the core activity at ZEW. Two-thirds of ZEW's scientific employees are working on their doctoral dissertations while being involved in research projects. University graduates can attain their doctoral degree (a) by working as a full-time staff member at ZEW within the framework of ZEW's In-House PhD Program and (b) by participating in the ZEW Doctoral Studies Network (ZEW DocNet) launched in 2006. Regardless of the path chosen, clear milestones help to ensure that our doctoral candidates make steady and rapid progress. In ZEW's In-House PhD Programme young researchers develop a topic for their doctoral dissertation preferably based on ongoing projects in tandem with experienced economists and the heads of the research units. ZEW DocNet is an international network that links ZEW with Graduate Programs at the universities of Konstanz, Mannheim, St. Gallen (CH), Leuven (BE) and Maastricht (NL). Those who choose the ZEW DocNet pathway have to apply for admission to the Graduate School of a participating university and at ZEW.