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The doctoral candidates' representative body was established with the new Thuringian Higher Education Act (ThürHG), which was introduced in 2019. It represents the interests of the doctoral candidates of the TU Ilmenau, advocates better working and general conditions for doctoral candidates, deals with state and higher education policy issues that are of special interest to them and is the contact point for all members of the doctoral candidates’ body. Its members are elected by the doctoral candidates for a term of one year. The council may send representatives to all the meetings of the university committees (e.g. faculty councils or the senate).

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The elections take place at the same time as the elections to the student bodies in the annual rhythm. All members of the doctoral candidates’ body are entitled to vote. Everyone has three votes, whereby cumulation is not permitted.

Any member of the doctoral candidate body can run for election and can freely choose between on one of the nine following lists: one per each faculty, one for scholarship holders, one for internationals, members of research training groups and external doctoral candidates. In this way we hope to achieve a broad spectrum of opinions and many different experiences and work situations in the council.

Elected are those who have the most votes on their list; those with the second most votes are elected as deputy.


The meetings regularly take place every other week and are public to all university members. Currently all meetings take place online. Whoever would like to participate can contact us and will receive an invitation. As soon as we meet again in person, we will publish place and time.

Legal basis (only in German)

ThürHG §21 Abs. 4

„Die von der nach den Promotionsordnungen zuständigen Stelle angenommenen Doktoranden bilden die Doktorandenschaft. Die Doktorandenschaft ist keine Mitgliedergruppe im Sinne des Absatzes 2; die Rechtsstellung der Doktoranden als Mitglieder nach den Absätzen 1 und 2 oder als Angehörige nach Absatz 3 bleibt durch ihre gleichzeitige Zugehörigkeit zur Doktorandenschaft unberührt. Die Doktorandenschaft wählt die Mitglieder einer Promovierendenvertretung. Die Promovierendenvertretung gibt in allen sie betreffenden Angelegenheiten gegenüber den Organen und Gremien der Hochschule Empfehlungen ab; ein Vertreter der Promovierendenvertretung kann an den Sitzungen der Organe und Gremien der Hochschule mit Ausnahme des Präsidiums und des Hochschulrats, zu denen er wie ein Mitglied zu laden ist, mit Antrags- und Rederecht teilnehmen. Das Nähere zu den Aufgaben und Rechten, zur Zusammensetzung und zur Wahl der Promovierendenvertretung regelt die Hochschule in einer Satzung.“

Working Group (AG) Rigorosum


Mansour Alramlawi