Supervision Agreement

A good relationship between the student and her or his supervisor is vital for a successful doctorate. The work must rely on a solid base of trust and mutual exchange. In order to avoid misunderstandings, we highly recommend our PIs and fellows to clarify all questions in a first supervision meeting at the beginning of a doctoral project. The following guiding lists of questions and external links are an adaptation of these Graduate Academy guidelines to the specific MathCoRe situation.

1. Supervision committee
  • Who is the second supervisor?
  • Who is the mentor?
2. Subject
3. Thesis
  • Topic and main focus of the thesis, working title
  • Cumulative thesis or monograph, when to publish?
  • First steps, work plan
  • Expected time frame of three years
  • Are there special circumstances that might lead to delays?
  • Possible extension to a 4th year, possibility of start-up funding
4. Frequent meetings
  • How is the frame for scientific exchange between supervisor and candidate?
  • Who else should be contacted frequently, or concerning special questions?
  • How many people are working in the department, are there rules concerning meetings, presentations, colloquia?
5. Working conditions
  • Office space
  • Are there financial means for equipment, material, student research assistants?
  • Publication strategy
  • International research stays?
  • Which additional lectures, seminars, or external schools can be visited?
6. Good Scientific Practice (according to German Research Foundation DFG)
7. Management of Research Data and Knowledge
8. Rights and Duties in MathCoRe
Fellows can expect the following from the research training group:
  • answers to all questions set forth in this guideline,
  • in particular a precise definition of the doctoral project and a corresponding work plan, guidance with respect to career planing, and early integration into the scientific community,
  • travel support of up to 1000 Euro per year for conference and workshop attendances,
  • support of up to 2000 Euro for a stay in an external work group,
  • the possibility to attend social skill and language courses (co-)organized by MathCoRe,
  • possibilities to invite scientific guests and to attend courses, workshops, and conferences organized by MathCoRe,
  • after successful completion of the PhD a certificate of participation in MathCoRe.
Fellows have the following duties:
  • participation in four one-week compact courses (it is possible to replace them by other schools, lectures, or courses, if the advisors support this)
  • participation in the weekly Fellows' Seminar and giving a presentation at least once a year,
  • participation and presentation in the annual colloquia,
  • following the DFG recommendations for good scientific practice,
  • following the recommendations for research data management.

Note that there are no teaching duties. For PostDocs and Associated Fellows all of the (applicable) above rights and duties do apply as well. PostDocs are expected to mentor their PhD students in regular meetings, and to guide them on their way. This can be on a scientific, but also on a non-scientific level.


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In case of any doubt, please contact the OVG Graduate Academy or the OVGU Law Department.


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