Faculty of Humanities

Tasks and Functions of the Doctoral Students Council


The committee consists of five members. The president, the vice president and three additional members. The term of office is one year. Every member of the doctoral student council can become part of the committee through a public election at a general assembly. It is of great importance that the variety of disciplines within the faculty is also represented within the council, therefore the members should be selected from different disciplines.

The committee organizes the work of the doctoral student council, it takes requests directed at the council, and furthermore, it informs all members about activities or matters of interest for PhD students within the university; important examples are the PhD-regulations ("Promotionsordnung") or the student-supervisor agreement (“Betreuungsvereinbarung”).

Additionally, the council sends an advisory member into the faculty's governing body, the "Fakultätsrat".

Furthermore, the committee coordinates the cooperation with the university and state councils, but also with other bodies, institutions and committees of the faculty. It coordinates the participation of the council in matters of interest to PhD students: This includes the Academy for Graduates (“Graduiertenakademie”), Research Training Groups (“Graduiertenkollegs”), the Competence Center for University Didactics (“Hochschuldidaktik”) or the Postgraduate Founding Program (“Graduiertenförderung”), the design of structured PhD programs, or questions about the compatibility of academic work (teaching and administrative tasks) with the PhD program, and the working conditions at university.

The committee sends one member into a shared working group of the councils of all faculties. This working group has the purpose to coordinate the work of each council through mutual arrangements and consultation.

Work groups

Work groups are installed by the committee for specific tasks. They could consist of: Articulating a statement concerning the modification of the PhD-regulations ("Promotionsordnung") or the student-supervisor agreement, or developing suggestions for future courses of the Academy for Graduates (“Graduiertenakademie”), the maintenance of the website or our email communication.