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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

THESys Graduate Program

The THESys Graduate Program is the doctoral program of IRI THESys – Humboldt-Universität‘s Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems. The THESys Graduate Program is a full member program of the Humboldt Graduate School (HGS) and funded by the German Excellence Initiative.
The THESys Graduate Program is a core activity of IRI THESys and it promotes doctoral research in several ways. Through a strong regional and international network the doctoral researchers from all involved HU institutes and partners are offered a unique environment for performing doctoral research with disciplinary strength and interdisciplinary embedment. These goals are ensured through a well thought-out supervision and training strategy, through a set of mandatory and optional courses targeting both specialisation and interdisciplinarity, and through funded measures to create their own international networks.
Doctoral researchers with a research topic in the scope of IRI THESys‘ science agenda and at least one supporter from IRI THESys are eligible to apply for membership when they are in the first year of their studies. Students do not have to be employed in certain projects or training groups and may apply independent from their funding source. All members are expected to participate in the course program and they gain the right to apply for funded measures. 
The Research Training Program organized by the THESys Graduate Program offers students supportive structures while leaving sufficient time for doctoral research itself. It foresees courses to develop interdisciplinary competencies (Module A), to deepen disciplinary specialisation (Module B), to discover new disciplins (Module C), and to improve soft skills/ entrepreneurial skills (Module D). 
As no scholarships or positions are offered through the THESys Graduate Program itself, we offer advise and assistance for finding funding sources. This is achieved through a centralized database - for more information see the funding forum - with doctoral positions or scholarships at involved institutions and by linking external candidates to IRI THESys scientists who may act as future supervisors.


Funding Forum


Current issues



Kathrin Klementz
Photo:Kathrin Klementz


Kathrin Klementz, Graduate Program Coordination
Phone: +49 (030) 2093-66346
E-Mail: kathrin.klementz@hu-berlin.de

PhD Representatives

Olga Statnaia, Doctoral Researcher at IRI THESys Graduate Program
E-Mail: statnaya.oliga@gmail.com

Nadine Schröder, Doctoral researcher at IRI THESys Graduate Program
E-Mail: nadinejennyshirin.schroeder@alumni.hu-berlin.de