Research Training Group
The SFB 1150 included a Research Training Group (IGK), which provided the framework for a structured graduation. Within the SFB 1150 it fulfilled three complementary functions and offered to junior researchers of the sub-projects who are still completing their doctorates: (1) a structured programme of study focused on the joint research aims; (2) synergies of content and methodology between the individual dissertation projects; and (3) a voice for junior researchers in the Collaborative Research Centre.
Under the premises of the SFB 1150, access to “cultures of decision-making” proved highly contingent in several respects. It required conceptual and methodological tools that have been carefully reflected on, it bridged the gaps between epochs and disciplines, and it provoked a critical reflection on established research paradigms. The IGK presented a forum for discussing and developing the conceptual framework of the SFB in a collaborative way. It served to reinforce the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and at the same time to strengthen the diversity of perspectives in and the capacity for linkages between the respective doctoral projects. It enabled the graduate students in this way to enhance their qualifications and profiles in an interdisciplinary context as well as based on their respective disciplinary traditions. The involvement of visiting scholars as well as the awarding of up to four short-term scholarships each year also fostered the national and international networking of the doctoral candidates.