The Frankfurt International Graduate School for Science (FIGSS)

Much of the research at FIAS is performed by our PhD students. The Frankfurt International Graduate School for Science (FIGSS) is the graduate school of FIAS. It provides a framework for structured doctoral education at FIAS and guarantees the interdisciplinary nature of the program for doctoral candidates. The PhD degrees are granted by the departments of Goethe University Frankfurt. The FIGSS PhD students are typically funded by research grants to their advisors and are expected to obtain their PhD degrees within 3 years. Current enrollment is about 60 students with roughly half of them being foreign nationals.

Next to research training, the doctoral education in FIGSS comprises various courses taught by FIAS Fellows such as a base course in Methods for the Study of Complex Systems as well as many specialized courses in the different research areas of the institute. In addition, students can choose from a wide range of transferrable skill courses offered by GRADE, the Goethe Graduate Academy of Frankfurt University. All courses are taught in English. Students are supported by a thesis committee which meets with them twice a year to review their course work and research progress.

A core activity of FIGSS is its weekly interdisciplinary seminar, where FIGSS students and post-docs of the institute report on the status of their research. Special care is taken that the talks are accessible to an interdisciplinary audience. The best presentation of each semester receives an award.

To apply for FIGSS, prospective students should contact directly the FIAS Fellow they would like to work with and inquire about open positions in their research group.


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