PhD at INCHER-Kassel

INCHER-Kassel attaches great importance to the nurturing of young research talent. Regularly about 12 PhD candidates are permanently present at the Centre. This includes both in-house research assistants and scholarship holders. External candidates from other institutions form an additional group. PhD candidates at INCHER-Kassel are assured of expert support at all times, be it from advisors at the Centre or through various activities that take place regularly. Students from different countries, for example, such as China, Germany, India, Mexico, Turkey, and Vietnam, are currently working on several diverse topics in higher education, thus making the (research) atmosphere at the Centre truly international and interdisciplinary. PhD candidates have their own work place and benefit from a well-equipped in-house library. Dissertations can be written in either German or English.

During the academic semester, PhD colloquiums and workshops are a regular feature of doctoral activities at INCHER-Kassel. Colloquiums are organised on a fortnightly basis, usually on Tuesdays, between 4 and 7 pm. The schedule is announced before the start of the semester. A typical PhD colloquium consists of presentations by candidates on their current research and discussions moderated by the Centre’s director, Prof. Dr. Georg Krücken. A week before the colloquium, candidates send an excerpt of their ongoing work—either an exposé of the topic, theoretical/empirical framework, methodology, data findings etc. — to the colloquium participants, along with questions for discussion. These discussions are carried over well into the evening over a group-dinner that usually follows every colloquium session. Complementary to the PhD colloquiums, based on the need and request of the students, experts are invited to hold workshops and activities related to research methods; for example, on interviews, group discussions, discourse analysis, or social network analysis etc. Students also benefit from presentations and discussions with international guest lecturers at the Centre and from Brown-Bag Lunches (see under “Events”) that take place regularly during the semester.

Over the last 30 years, the Centre has been largely successful in its experience of providing advice to and assisting individual PhD candidates procure financial support for their research. Currently, PhD candidates at Kassel have financial assistance from organisations such as the German National Academic Foundation, the DAAD, and the Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst.

Individuals interested in pursuing doctoral studies at INCHER-Kassel are invited to get in touch with Prof. Dr. Georg Krücken by sending across an exposé of their PhD project (not exceeding 3 pages) with their first ideas, research questions, relevant literature, and contact details.