Writing a doctoral thesis at INCHER
The nurturing of young research talent has high priority at INCHER. Doctoral candidates who are in-house research assistants and scholarship holder are regularly present at the Center, while external candidates from other institutions form an additional group. Doctoral candidates at INCHER are assured of expert support at all times, be it from inhouse advisors or through various activities that take place regularly. Students from different countries make the (research) atmosphere at the Center truly international and interdisciplinary. Doctoral candidates have their own work space 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. 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 over 40 years, the Center has been largely successful in its experience of providing advice to and assisting individual doctoral candidates procure financial support for their research. Among others, doctoral candidates at Kassel received funding from organisations such as the German National Academic Foundation, the DAAD, and the Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst.
Individuals interested in pursuing doctoral studies at INCHER are invited to get in touch with Prof. Dr. Georg Krücken by sending an exposé of their PhD project (not exceeding 3 pages) with their first ideas, research questions, relevant literature, and contact details.