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Certificates / Credits for teaching and participation

  1. Single lecture, seminar and course:
    The certificate handed in must specify date, title and duration. One credit will be given for each 45 minutes.
  2. Series of lectures, seminars and courses:
    The certificate handed in must specify date, title and duration. One credit will be given for each 45 minutes.
  3. Scientific meetings (symposia, retreats, congresses):
    The certificate handed in must specify date, title and duration. A maximum of five credits will be given for one day and further two credits for each talk. No credits will be given for "research days", "examinations", "coursework" etc.

Every student is responsible for gathering his/her certificates and submitting them to the Ph.D. Office at the end of each semester. There, these documents will be accredited and each student will be informed about his/her credit status. Only students with a sufficient number of credits will be able to submit his/her thesis and take part in the oral defense.

 

The PhD Program Travel Award

 
The PhD program offers a travel award to students enrolled in the program. Applications can be submitted by July 31st of each year and should be submitted, preferentially, before the actual congress date. To be eligible, applicants have to be accepted by the congress for an oral presentation. Applications should be submitted informally, stating why the congress is important for their research, and provide a confirmatory letter of the Ph.D. supervisor, stating that he/she will support participation in the respective congress.


The travel award will be given as a personal grant to the PhD student (maximum amount of 500€) and should be used to cover costs for travel, accommodation, and registration fees. The awardee will receive a certificate, indicating the name of the awardee and the Ph.D. programme of Justus-Liebig-University, signed by the chair of the Ph.D. board. Awards will be decided by October 1st at the regular annual meeting of the PhD board. The Travel Award should be used for participation in the congress applied for or another congress within the next 12 months, if the award was given after the congress date. Travel award winners should acknowledge support by the PhD travel award of Justus-Liebig-University in their presentation. An informative written report about their congress visit should be submitted within one month after the congress.

 

Submission of the Thesis

The earliest point in time to submit the thesis is the end of the third summer semester, provided that successful course work is documented by the appropiate number of credits (at least 300 in total). The thesis may be written in English or German. In exceptional cases, it may be submitted in another world language, with approval of the PhD Board.

 

Course of the disputation

In the case that the written thesis receives positive reviews from both the internal and the external reviewers, the examination committee will invite the candidate to participate in an oral examination. The exam will consist of an oral presentation of the research project, followed by a scientific discussion to which all members of the university are invited. After this, there will be a non-public professional talk of at least 30 minutes, centring on special, as well as interdisciplinary aspects of the Ph.D.-training. During this talk, specific skills acquired in the field of the student's research, as well as adequate application of these methods will be evaluated. It is possible to contact the members of the examination committee to discuss the themes of the oral examination some weeks before the disputation.

 

GuidefortheSubmissionofDissertationsPhD.pdf