Program structure


Joint supervision 

The supervision of the PhD thesis is not only performed by the group leader, but by a committee of several experienced scientists. They meet regularly with the PhD candidate and offer interdisciplinary, joint supervision as well as scientific and personal support. Information for potential thesis committee members is available here.

Supervision agreement 

PhD candidate and supervisors sign a supervision agreement that fixes the rules for the supervision and the scientific work. The details are governed by the doctoral regulations of the candidate's respective faculty. BrainLinks-BrainTools is following each of these regulations.

Reporting obligation

PhD candidates are subject to the obligation to report on the progress of their thesis. This obligation is based on the doctoral regulations of the candidate's original faculty. If the faculty does not demand any written report, the PhD student will hand in a report every two years about the progress of the PhD project including a plan how and when the PhD thesis will be finished. The supervisor adds a statement to this report with a focus on the expected timeline.


Beside a regular PhD colloquium and a guest speaker seminar, the program contains courses that can be chosen from a menu by the PhD candidate in cooperation with the supervisor of the thesis and the program coordinator.

A list with proposed courses for the upcoming semester will be shortly available here.

ECTS points

Members of the program collect ECTS points during their PhD thesis. To finish the program successfully, PhD candidates must collect 20 ECTS points that can be gained by different activities and achievements, like publications, supervision of students, courses, workshops, conferences or because of engagement within the cluster (organization of events, junior scientists representatives etc.). A list with the creditbale achievements is available here. The documentation sheet for ECTS points is available here.


After successful defense of the doctoral thesis and submittal of the ECTS control sheet, the PhD candidate will be issued a certificate of completion of the graduate program.