The DRS is committed to good scientific practice and actively supports doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in their efforts to adhere to these standards.
To safeguard a high quality of doctoral training, Freie Universität Berlin has published guidelines for good doctoral supervision. Please find here a template for supervision agreements in DRS member programs.
The DRS has developed quality standards of graduate education for doctoral candidates enrolled in DRS member programs. Its long-term goal is to establish these standards in other contexts as well.
DRS has been participating in the longitudinal study ProFile (2010-16) by the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (iFQ) and the follow-up study Nacaps by the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW), starting in February 2019. Doctoral researchers and doctorate holders throughout the country are surveyed at regular intervals on their study conditions, career aims and professional development, as well as on their general life situation.The aim of the study is to systematically collect this data for the first time and as comprehensively as possible, for HEIs, policy makers and researchers. Its results feed back into the DRS quality asurance mechanisms.