- What kind of graduate programmes are offered by the GGL?
- What is my advantage to participate in graduate programmes as opposed to performing my doctoral project (dissertation) without the additional teaching?
- Is English the only spoken language in the graduate programmes?
- When can I apply for the graduate programmes of the GGL?
- What are the costs of the programme?
- Can I get a stipend?
What kind of graduate programmes are offered by the GGL?
GGL offers programmes of its own in the various Sections and also specialized programmes in associated Research Training Groups and the PhD-Programme of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. Note that different application dates may apply for these special associated programmes.
What is my advantage from participating in graduate programmes as opposed to performing my doctoral project (dissertation) without the additional teaching?
To date, it is not a must, rather a privilege, to participate in structured graduate programmes. These programmes are usually highly selective choosing only the best candidates. If admitted, students have extended support and opportunities for experiences in scientific collaboration. In these programmes, exceptionally enthusiastic students meet exceptionally motivated instructors!
Is English the only spoken language in the graduate programmes?
Yes, all teaching is conducted in English. International applicants who speak fluent English can, therefore, take full advantage of these programmes. Applicants are advised, however, to make use of German courses, since improving your German will permit you to communicate freely in your social environment.
How can I select the research topic for my dissertation?
Usually, projects are announced by the specific graduate programmes at regular intervals. If you are unable to find anything that fits your research interests, you may contact faculty members of the GGL and ask about up-coming projects. Before doing so, we advise that you search for faculty members' publications in PubMed. If you are currently in Giessen or a nearby area, make an appointment with the faculty member of interest.
How much time is spend for teaching?
In most programmes you spend 80-100 hours per year in lectures, seminars and courses. This amounts to three hours per week during teaching terms. Practical courses are usually offered as full day events. The teaching is tailored mostly to your research interests.
What kind of teaching is offered in the graduate programmes?
Typically, seminars are held once a week with several practical courses per year. Also, each Research Section conducts one retreat per year where you report your progress and sometimes features special guest speakers.
When can I apply for admission into the GGL?
Vacancies in the GGL are advertised each semester. Contact this website regularly! For advance planning, you may also contact individual faculty members whose work you find interesting. More information about the application process is availabe here.
What does the programme cost?
On an international scale, university fees are very low. They follow university regulations and may amount to a total of 1500 Euro per year. These costs do not include accommodation. Most students stay in privately rented rooms or flats.
Can I get a stipend?
Yes, you may. Actually, most students in the GGL and its associated graduate programmes are supported by individual stipends. You should ask your future supervisor for opportunities. Stipends may range from 500 to 1000 Euro per month. Some students are also paid for mini-jobs in teaching (Hilfskraft). We also provide you with more resources here.