In the autumn of 2001, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft will be setting up 19 new Graduiertenkollegs. The DFG's grants committee for this area took the decision at its meet-ing on the 5th April. Among the new colleges there are also three European Graduiertenkol-legs at which German junior scientists are to work and study together with researchers from the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, France and Poland. Taking the new grants into account, the DFG is currently funding a total of 283 colleges, including 20 European institutions and one transatlantic one.
From now on, German higher education institutions can also train doctoral candidates in collaboration with partners outside Europe in the framework of international Graduierten-kollegs. This is aimed at giving additional support to work with co-operation partners world-wide in the field of promoting junior scientists. And in future, it will be possible for Graduiertenkollegs to submit additional applications supplementing the international funding programme "Promotion an Hochschulen in Deutschland" (PHD), which is run jointly by the DFG and the DAAD. Applications for doctoral candidate and graduate grants could then be transmitted specially for junior scientists from abroad. Enabling students to participate in re-search activities within the colleges is a further new option. Funding is now being provided to the Graduiertenkollegs for this purpose as well.
Since 1990, the DFG has been supporting specially qualified doctoral candidates at the Graduiertenkollegs in all disciplines. Between 15 and 25 doctoral candidates work in the framework of a research and studies programme, usually with an interdisciplinary focus, un-der the supervision of professors who have earned themselves a special reputation in research and teaching. Currently, around ten percent of all doctoral candidates in Germany are doing their doctorate at Graduiertenkollegs. As a rule, graduates from Graduiertenkollegs can boast a more
Contact: Dr. Robert Paul Knigs