The Wuppertal Institute has a systematic programme to promote doctoral theses. Jointly with cooperating national and international universities the Wuppertal Institute aims to strengthen its academic reputation by promoting young academics in dissertation projects and by strengthening the disciplinary basis of its transdisciplinary work.
Moreover, final theses (i.e. diploma theses and master theses) can be written and supervised at Wuppertal Institute. University lecturers supervise the research work. The doctoral examination procedure is undertaken at cooperating universities. A particular close institutionalised academic cooperation takes place with the universities of Wuppertal, Kassel and Lüneburg.
Dissertation projects at the Wuppertal Institute address selected topics of application-oriented sustainability research in the context of the research groups and cross-cutting subjects. PhD students receive one-on-one tutoring by experienced institute staff. Wherever possible, dissertation projects are developed in connection with current third-party funded projects.
Furthermore, the Wuppertal Institute has set up dissertation colloquia at which postgraduate students can discuss interim findings and problems they encounter in their work:
In order to take part in the dissertation programme of the Wuppertal Institute the following three requirements for the planned dissertation project need to be fulfilled:
Are you interested in the WI PhD programme?
If you are interested to write your PhD in cooperation with Wuppertal Institute, please outline in a brief summery of half a page your dissertation project and your CV (contact person: Prof. Dr. Oscar Reutter). Based on your documents it will be checked in how far your idea is compatible with the institute's current research activities. If your dissertation project is of interest for the institute, we can advise you in searching a fitting university and your application for a scholarship.
Dissertations at the Wuppertal Institute are financed partly by PhD students themselves, partly by funds from the institute's third party projects and partly from outside, by third-party PhD scholarships. In this process the Wuppertal Institute cooperates with foundations that have set themselves the task of promoting young academics.
The following foundations have funded PhD projects at the Wuppertal Institute: