Doctoral research often opens up more questions than it answers, inviting young scientists to formulate questions, research topics and follow-on projects. As an ISOS PhD candidate you can experience first-hand what it takes to be an independent researcher: apply for your own funding via a so-called “Miniproposal” by initiating and developing your own research project, preferably interdisciplinary in nature and in collaboration with other PhD candidates.
PhD Miniproposals: One Step to Independent Research
- your Miniproposal should be a well defined project, based on your own idea
- your Miniproposal should be an add-on to your core PhD (if the project fails, this shouldn't threaten your doctorate)
- your Miniproposal topic may not be part of an existing, funded project
- your primary supervisor must agree to your application for and conducting of a miniproposal but they may not have been a partner in formulating your proposal
- you may apply, for example, for a research stay (typically up to three months), for experimental work, an expedition etc.
You may apply for up to 5,000 €.
The following costs may be included
- scientific consumables, student contracts (i.e. Hiwis)
- additional expenses (e.g. Costs for necessary examinations, visas, vaccinations, etc.; according to the Reisekostengesetz)
The Miniproposal scheme doesn't cover
- Insurances (e.g. health, travel; according to the Reisekostengesetz)
- your salary for the duration of your Miniproposal
If you plan to submit a Miniproposal please contact us in advance.
Reports from previous Miniproposals:
- Uncertainty in Tropical Pacific Climate Projections due to Chaotic Atmospheric Forcing and Initial Conditions, Mohammad Hadi Bordbar
- Shedding Light on the “Dark Production” of Carbonyl Sulfide, a Climate Relevant Sulfur Gas, Sinikka Lennartz
- Ocean Biogeochemistry under Changing Climate with a Phytoplankton Optimality-based Model, Lionel Arteaga
- Gene Expression in Cod Larvae under Ocean Acidification, Andrea Frommel
- Developing Methods to analyze the Physical Surface Characteristics of the Combjelly Mnemiopsis Leidyi, Sven Hammann
- BLOSSOM - Bathymetry at Lake Ohrid for Subaquatic Slide Overview Mapping, Katja Lindhorst