Only graduate programs, not individual doctoral candidates, may apply for DRS membership.
Benefits of DRS membership include:
- Quality assurance: accepted programs fulfill established quality standards and are evaluated on a regular basis.
- Counsel: the DRS provides counsel to member programs, reviews whether applications for third-party funding comply with international standards of graduate education, and attends inspection visits.
- Qualification program: once a graduate program has been accepted, all its doctoral candidates can benefit from the DRS qualification program, which offers various workshops, events, and systematic support for career development .
- Networking: the cross-disciplinary courses offered by the DRS provide an ideal networking forum for junior researchers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.
How to become a DRS member program:
Graduate programs may apply for membership if they develop regulations in compliance with DRS standards. To this end, prospective member programs need to include information on the following points in their application:
- funding for doctoral candidates
admission requirements, application and selection procedures
- concept for the supervision of doctoral candidates
- concept for quality assurance
standard components and duration of the doctoral program
languages of the program
program organization and responsibilities
key qualifications of the program's graduates
exemplary curriculum and requirements for successful completion of the program
samples of the program's supervision agreement, its certificate, and its transcript of records
Bertram Welker (Humanities and Social Sciences)
Dr. Ruth Hirschberg (Natural and Life Sciences)