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Titelbild Fakultät für Kulturwissenschaft
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Titelbild Fakultät für Kulturwissenschaft
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Titelbild Fakultät für Kulturwissenschaft
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Titelbild Fakultät für Kulturwissenschaft
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Titelbild Fakultät für Kulturwissenschaft Bildnachweis: Universität Paderborn, Besim Mazhiqi

Titelbild Fakultät für Kulturwissenschaft Bildnachweis: Universität Paderborn, Besim Mazhiqi

Titelbild Fakultät für Kulturwissenschaft Bildnachweis: Universität Paderborn, Besim Mazhiqi

Titelbild Fakultät für Kulturwissenschaft Bildnachweis: Universität Paderborn, Besim Mazhiqi

PhD@UPB FAQ

Do I have to be enrolled as a PhD student at UPB?

You need to be enrolled as a PhD student in order to enter the final phase of your PhD process.

Is there a registration period or deadline to enroll as a PhD student?

You can always hand in your documents and apply to become a PhD student at UPB. There are no periods or deadlines!

What are the benefits to be enrolled as a PhD student?

You receive

  • the Semesterticket, which is the public transit ticket (semester-long validity) for students to travel in North Rhine-Westphalia free of charge (please be mindful of certain restrictions that apply);
  • the local student ID that allows you to receive many discounts throughout the university (e.g. on meals at the Mensa or Cafeteria) as well as the city (e.g. at movie theaters, bakeries, etc.);
  • the local library card (Bibliotheksausweis; currently only available in German) that you can use to borrow books at the university library.

You are also eligible to receive a discounted student rate that many health insurance companies offer (depending on the health insurance company this may not apply for scholarship holders);

What do I have to do to enroll as a PhD student?

You need to either hand in all necessary documents at the student’s secretariat (Studierendensekretariat; room B0.312 (Daniel Langguth)) or online through your PAUL (UPBs course management system) account.

In order to enroll through PAUL, you need to still be enrolled as a graduate student at UPB.

Steps to follow if you are a graduate student or just graduated with an MA (or equivalent) at UPB:

  • Apply to the PhD board to be accepted as a PhD student (see “Phase I” of formalities);
  • Hand in:
    • (1) conformation of said application,
    • (2) copy of your university degree(s)
    • (3) application to switch your enrollment status from student to PhD student.

Steps to follow if you are not enrolled as a student at UPB:

  • Apply to the PhD board to be accepted as a PhD student (see “Phase I” of formalities);
  • Hand in:
    • (1) Copy of ID card,
    • (2) proof of health insurance or certificate of exemption (if you are insured through private health insurance (Private Krankenversicherung); see Studierendenkrankenversicherungs-Meldeverordnung),
    • (3) officially certified/attested copy of your university degree(s),
    • (4) certificate of de-registration from last university attended.

See further information to enroll as a PhD student (currently only available in German).

What does the 1-2 pg. PhD synopsis (Exposé) have to include?

  • Your research question(s);
  • Current state of research reg. the research tradition(s);
  • Contribution to the field(s) of research;
  • Research methodology;
  • Bibliography.

What does it mean “to be a PhD student with restrictions” (unter Auflagen studieren)?

I have to submit proof that I accomplished additional requirements (credit points) regarding the subject I am completing my PhD in.

For example: If you are a PhD student in Educational Science but completed your BA and MA degree in a different subject, you may have to acquire additional credit points as a requirement before completing your PhD.

Who is part of the PhD-committee?

The PhD-committee usually consists of four members: the two supervisors, the chairperson and one other member. Only professors (in accordance with § 11 Para. 1 No. 1 HG), außerplanmäßige Professor*innen (adjunct professors), private lecturers (PDs), honorary professors, postdoctoral lecturers and at most one research assistant holding a doctorate degree may be members of the PhD-committee. The chairperson must not be a supervisor at the same time.

How long can I be employed at university while I am completing my PhD?

In general:

In accordance with the WissZeitVG (German law reg. short-term contracts in science), no PhD student employed at a German university may be under short-term contract for longer than 6 years.

In case you receive a scholarship: 

This rule does not necessarily apply to scholarship holders, because they usually are only allowed to work a maximum amount of 10 hours per week and therefore less than 25 percent. If a scholarship holder is allowed to work more than the aforementioned 25 percent, the 6-year-rule applies to them as well. Please always refer to your individual scholarship regulations in order to confirm which rules apply to your case.

How can I find a supervisor for my PhD thesis and process?

There are different ways to find a supervisor. Sometimes professors will talk to you directly, but you can contact them just as well. The supervision should always be either interested in the topic, familiar with the topic or topic-range or they may even research within the same scientific realm. The scientific proximity is of importance in order to find a good match.

Which financing options are available or possible?

There are many possibilities for financial aid – these range from employment to scholarships. Since the offers are far and wide: come and talk to us during our office hours!

Where can I find job offers (not exclusively) for PhD students?

Are there workstations or study rooms exclusively for PhD students at UPB?

It is possible to apply for a personal study room at UPB library (Universitätsbibliothek; currently only available in German). There are eleven individual study rooms available that can be applied for through the UPB library’s application form (currently only available in German).

 

 

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