Graduate School

The CITEC Graduate School was founded in 2008 as a central part of the Cluster of Excellence. It is the essential platform for earning an advanced academic qualification in the field of cognitive interaction technology at Bielefeld University. The Graduate School's activities are directed at interdisciplinary exchange among peers and beyond. The Graduate School has about 100 members.

How do I become a member?
Doctoral researcher, financed from fundings of the Cluster of Excellence are members of the Graduate School. Other doctoral researchers at CITEC can become member upon application.

The Graduate School encourages interdisciplinary scientific working. This is why PhD candidates are advised by a team of supervisors from different disciplines: the thesis team. It consists of the supervisor, as well as colleagues from other disciplines. Every single thesis team meets once a year to evaluate the progress and to give advice on how to proceed with the research work.

To ensure the best possible supervision and support during the doctoral phase, doctoral researchers and their supervisors sign a supervising agreement, as recommended by the German Research Foundation.

Membership Benefits

  • Exchange and networking with other doctoral and postdoctoral researchers.
  • Participating in activities provided by the Graduate School, such as summer schools, colloquia, retreats and courses on key competences
  • Connection to the CITEC Virtual Faculty
  • Access to CITEC's infrastructure
  • German courses for international doctoral researchers
  • Mentoring Programme for female doctoral researchers
  • Own budget for research costs (until 2018)



Thomas Schack
Head of the
Graduate School
Room: N3-120
+49 521-106-5127