Curriculum


  First Year

Fall/Winter Semester

Spring/Summer Semester


  • Welcome Ceremony

  • Weekly Doctoral Seminar

  • Attendance of a course of choice

  • Further development of dissertation proposal

  • At the end of the semester: choice of dissertation supervisor, acceptation of the final dissertation proposal by the supervisor


  • Weekly Doctoral Seminar

  • Attendance of a course of choice

  • At the end of the semester: first annual report on research results and presentation of these results, which are the basis for a decision about further scholarship funding

  • At the end of the semester: organization of a colloquium or a symposium by stipendiaries

Second Year

Fall/Winter Semester

Spring/Summer Semester


  • Weekly Doctoral Seminar

  • As needed: general skills course


  • Weekly Doctoral Seminar
  • At the end of the semester: second annual report on research results and presentation of these results, which are the basis for a decision about further scholarship funding

  • At the end of the semester: organization of a colloquium or a symposium by stipendiaries

Third Year

Fall/Winter Semester

Spring/Summer Semester


  • Weekly Doctoral Seminar

  • As needed: general skills course

  • By the end of the semester at the latest: choice of second dissertation supervisor and the other members of the doctoral committee


  • Weekly Doctoral Seminar
  • Submission of dissertation

  • At the end of the semester: disputation






The curriculum of the graduate program "Formations of the Global" encompasses the following elements:

  • After the opening ceremony at the beginning of the first year, doctoral students attend the weekly doctoral seminar throughout the rest of the semester. In this seminar texts are read and discussed that are of interest to all stipendiaries and strengthen the interdisciplinary cohesion within the program. Further on, the doctoral students present first results from their research. A third element of the seminar are lectures by external speakers.
  • When admitted to the graduate program, all stipendiaries are preliminarily assigned a mentor. In the first semester the stipendiaries further elaborate their dissertation proposals and get into contact with their potential dissertation supervisors. The latter one can be the mentor but in general the doctoral students are free to choose a different supervisor. By the end of the semester supervisors have to be chosen for good and dissertation proposals need to be approved of by them.
  • In the course of the six semesters the stipendiaries attend eight additional courses, which they can freely choose from the University of Mannheim's Course Overview. These can be advanced courses from the own discipline or courses from adjacent disciplines, strengthening the interdisciplinary character of the dissertation. It is recommended to jointly agree upon these courses with the supervisor.
  • At the end of the first and the second year the stipendiaries write reports on the results they have achieved. They also give a presentation of these results to their supervisor and another member of the Directorate Board. The report and the presentation are the basis for the Directorate Board's annual decisions about the prolongation of the scholarships.
  • At the end of the first and the second year the stipendiaries organize a colloquium or a symposium, to which they may invite external, international speakers. Some of the stipendiaries also present results from their dissertations.
  • Aligned with the needs of the doctoral students general skills courses, e.g. courses on scientific publishing, presentation of research results and application procedures within and outside the academic field, can be attended throughout the three years of the program.
  • By the end of the fifth semester at the latest, the second dissertation supervisor and the other members of the doctoral committee have to be chosen.
  • In the sixth semester the dissertation is finished, handed in, evaluated and defended.