We assume that it will take around 4 semesters or 300 man-days to compile a dissertation at our institute (compared to 70 man-days for the preparation of a diploma thesis). This means that you, as an external doctoral candidate, will be a "virtual member" of our team for around 2-3 years. We therefore offer intensive support and cooperation, but at the same time demand an extremely high degree of commitment from the doctoral candidate in his or her scientific work.
In any case, the dissertation is to be anchored in the research focus of the Institute on "Strategic Learning". We carefully select doctoral theses based on scientific criteria based on the standards for selecting papers in international journals.
The starting point for the application process is a 20-page research proposal that can be submitted on an ongoing basis and includes the following components:
Assessment criteria of the Research Proposals
In the next step, all scientific institute members comment on the research proposal. On this basis, either an invitation to a lecture or a rejection takes place.
In the run-up to the semester-wide dissertation seminar, an optimized concept of the shortlisted candidates is to be presented and subsequently discussed. Here, above all, the stringency of the argumentation, the fit of the theory to the empirical objective and the possibility of actually achieving the formulated expected results are of interest. In addition, an in-depth analysis of the theoretical and methodological competence of the applicants is possible. After an in-house discussion, either admission to the circle of doctoral candidates or rejection takes place.
If the dissertation is accepted for supervision, participation in the dissertation seminars (including lecture and discussion) is compulsory.