The Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG) within the SFB 1199 combines the interdisciplinary training of the Collaborative Research Centre as well as the independently organized activities of the PhD candidates with the structured doctoral training at the Graduate School Global and Area Studies (GSGAS) at Leipzig University.
The supervision of PhD candidates in the Graduate School Global and Area Studies follows a uniform high standard, which includes mentoring in addition to direct supervision and regular meetings with the thesis committee. The thesis committee is an elected body of professors and senior researchers where the PhD candidates regularly report on the progress of their work. Additionally, the rights and duties of PhD candidates and supervisors are set out in a supervision declaration. The training at the GSGAS is certified, and documented with a Transcript of Records, that becomes part of the doctoral procedure at the respective faculty.
The thematic course programme of the GSGAS is fundamentally interdisciplinary. It offers opportunities for PhD candidates to deepen their theoretical and methodical knowledge in regard to specific training and scientific exchange. With years of experiences, the training programme, with its many requirements and research activities, promotes time and project management skills. In addition, PhD candidates are involved in teaching and research, which helps to develop a respected standing in the scientific community, therefore increasing job opportunities. Teaching formats include research seminars, working groups, colloquia, summer schools, and winter retreats – realized in close cooperation with the Graduate School Global and Area Studies at Leipzig University. For more detailed information, see graduate training.