Qualification Concept

The coordinated qualification concept of the graduate research training group includes the following key components:

Scientific colloquium

At regular colloquiums, individual research proposals and findings are presented and put to joint debate.


Compulsory specialist seminars provide insights into theories, methodologies and tools of spatial research, thereby building a joint knowledge base required for collaborative work. The seminars moreover support doctoral students in conceptualizing and carrying out innovative approaches in their doctoral projects.

Intensive thesis supervision

An interdisciplinary three-person team of academic supervisors looks after each doctoral student individually and on a regular basis.

International networking

National and international experts within the broader field of spatial research are regularly invited as visiting scholars for lectures and workshops. In addition, a grant for a two-month research stay at the CRC will be awarded every year by the MGK to one doctoral student from abroad.

MGK-Fellows 2nd Funding Period:

  • Afra Foli (University of Amsterdam): 8.11 – 8.12.2023
  • John Shadrack (University of Nairobi): 8.11 – 14.01.2024
  • Ata Messan Koffi (Bordeaux Montaigne University): 27.11 – 27.12.2023
  • Mvendaga Paul Iorse (University of Lagos): 14.1. – 4.2.2024
  • Joana Martins (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro): 12.4 – 20.5.2024

Self-organized academic activities

Doctoral students are encouraged to conceive and realize international workshops as well as collaborations with partner institutions outside of academia in order to promote their sense of self-responsibility and academic autonomy.

Customized training courses

Compulsory soft skills courses and optional workshops to close knowledge gaps within and across disciplines aim to provide core competences as well as training in integrated ways of thinking.