As a supervisor of a doctoral thesis, you are responsible for introducing young academics to research in accordance with the rules of good academic practice. You supervise them through the doctorate phase, support their participation in expert conferences and colloquia and point the candidates along their career paths.

The Supervision Agenda for Doctoral Students

The supervision agenda for each doctorate project must be agreed, no later than the point at which the candidate is accepted as a doctoral candidate. The completion of a supervision agenda is to be communicated by sending a copy of the first page of the original to the dean's office and the Doctorate Office. You can find further provisions in Resolution P/309 of 22 January 2018 on the supervision Agenda. You can find more information on the supervision timetable for doctoral candidates here: Guidelines for the Agreement on a Supervision Agenda (Word) or (PDF).

STIBET Scholarships for Foreign PhD Candidates from Partner Universities

The University of Kasseloffers supportfor international graduates/PhD candidates from Foreign.Professors acting as mentors/supervisors can extend an invitation to the University of Kassel to PhD candidates/graduatesfor a maximum of sixmonths.

Ensure Good Academic Practice

The job of the Committee to Ensure Good Academic Practice is to clarify any issues of suspected academic misconduct in accordance with the "Principles of Ensuring Good Academic Practice at the University of Kassel" in the version of 10 November 2010.

Bonus for doctorates

If a PhD candidate completes the dissertation within a certain period, the supervisor’s department may receive a bonus of EUR 3,000. This concept is based on the model of a three-year PhD phase for scholarship holders or the model of a four-year PhD phase for doctorates in positions paid by the state of Hesse, or on fixed-term occupations according to WissZeitVG § 2 Abs. 1 receiving  third-party funding.

Deadlines for graduations in positions paid by the state of Hesse and third party funds are the beginning of the work contract of the qualification occupation (position paid by the state of Hesse or first third-party funds) and the day of the receipt of a first positive advisory opinion.

Deadlines for scholarship holders are the dates of acceptance by the doctoral committee and the day of the receipt of a first positive examination report.

For the allocation of the bonus, it is necessary to submit an informal application to the HR department (see below).

The bonus should be used for the promotion of young academics, i.e. to support publications, participation at conferences or other staff development measures. It is also possible to support a postdoctoral phase for the employee who has successfully completed the PhD with the aim of acquiring external funding.


Procedure for applying for the prize

After completion of the PhD, the bonus can be requested informally from the HR department.
The bonus is individual-related. The HR department will check the application and the bonus will then be awarded to the indicated cost centre.

The application is to be submitted to department III D with the following information:

  • the exact activity dates/grant dates for the doctoral candidate,
  • the date of submission of the thesis,
  • the provision of the first assessment and
  • (only where appropriate) the examination date.