The DLGS organises an academic programme with workshops and lectures for its doctoral candidates to provide them with scientific knowledge, research techniques and transferable skills. Courses and workshops offer the skills required to select the appropriate methodology for performing research in a safe and ethical manner, as well as applying critical appraisal techniques. Internal and external experts raise awareness among candidates of the importance of both recognising and enhancing the skills they develop and acquire through research as a means of improving their employment prospects both in academia and on the wider labour market.
Autumn Schools are an important element of the DLGS curriculum. Since candidates come from different disciplines, summer schools stress the value of an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together knowledge from various perspectives. Summer Schools are organised every year as a key part the programme, providing an ideal platform for presentations and discussions on theory, research design, and results in the social sciences while also giving the chance to hone communication and presentation skills. External international and national experts are involved in these events as well as the evaluation of research proposals at the end of each year.
The first year curriculum includes basic orientation on philosophy and ethics in science, research methods and statistics. Courses on spatial planning, economics and sociology are also held to promote the transfer of knowledge between disciplines. At the end of the first year a detailed and comprehensive research proposal, devoted especially to a review of the literature and theoretical discussion is presented. International and national experts take part in the evaluation process, contributing to the excellence of the work done and the attainment of outstanding goals at the DLGS.
The second year curriculum provides the foundations of knowledge for collecting, processing and interpreting research findings. At the end of the year, a progress report, first chapters of the dissertation, or – especially in the case of cumulative dissertations – one or two papers for publication are submitted, demonstrating what has been achieved to date. Particular difficulties experienced are also to be reported. Reports are read, commented on and evaluated by candidates’ supervisors and mentors.
The third year is devoted to completing empirical (field) work and writing up the doctoral thesis, or finalising missing articles for the cumulative dissertation. Doctoral candidates are financed by a scholarship granted by IOER for three years if they make good progress on their dissertations. The scholarship comprises of a monthly living allowance, financial support for empirical research abroad and conference attendance. Additional doctoral candidates financed by third parties may be associated and have to comply with the same procedures as DLGS scholarship holders.
Photos (from top to bottom): R. Vigh, S. Tramsen, R. Vigh (IÖR-Media)