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What to do first:

follow the instructions of the doctoral office of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Second: GSfBS registration within three months after starting the doctoral project

Each doctoral student chooses a thesis advisory committee (TAC) consisting of the supervisor and two further scientists independent of the supervisor, called mentors. We recommend that one mentor is from a field closely related to the doctoral research project and the other from a different field but with complementary expertise. One of the mentors can be an independent group leader.
There are two ways to announce the TAC composition to the graduate school administration:
1. If you are in a graduate programme or institution (like MPI, CGA, IMPRS, ITN, RTG, iRTG, etc.) that has its own supervision agreement, use this registration form, fill it in, sign it electronically and send it to isabell.witt(at) for her signature. Please download the form and open it with Adobe for electronic signatures.
2. Every doctoral candidate at the University of Cologne needs to have a supervision agreement. If you are member of the GSfBS only, please talk about the supervision agreement with your supervisor, fill it in accordingly and send it to isabell.witt(at)