The qualification concept of the Research Training Group strongly relies on a close personal connection within the collegiate community. The prerequisite for this is the formation of graduate cohorts, which are usually conducted together to graduate within six study semesters. Due to the largely simultaneous start, many events and program items are jointly visited and designed by the doctoral students, which will greatly promote the cohesion and interaction within the Research Training Group.
In order to facilitate a smooth start of the PhD program, a group of about 10 PhD students already working on their PhD projects for a maximum of 1.5 years represent the 0th cohort of the Research Training Group. These PhD students, with their topics closely related to the GrK topics, are already familiar with the internal university communication processes and they will take over the professional and organizational "peer mentoring" of the first cohort. Renewing these positions with graduate students will also facilitate a smooth transition to the next DFG-funded doctoral generation.
The networking program items, such as seminars, workshops, and conferences, are the same for all PhD student and serve to promote cooperation and interdisciplinary exchange within the Research Training Group. In addition, the foundations for scientific exchange with the national and international scientific community are laid here.
The fellows present their results twice a year in seminar lectures. All members of the other working groups are invited to these seminar lectures in order to ensure an intensive exchange between the groups of the Research Training Group.
In the first and third year of the study program, several-day workshops will take place outside of Hamburg. These graduate workshops will be designed primarily by the doctoral students in order to promote scientific interaction.
In the second year of the study program, a graduate conference will take place, which will make a major contribution to integration into the national and international scientific network.