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Concept of the Copernicus Graduate School

Copernicus Graduate School (CGS) is a mobile international network of young scientists, who work on a research subject in order to be awarded with PhD degree. Internationally acknowledged scientists, who are members of the school as its fellows, are responsible for the graduates. They carry out a structured doctorate programme by common research, education and communication.

The goal of the Copernicus Graduate School is the implementation of double support of the PhD candidates at the international level (Cotutelle Process). It should improve the chances for academic careers thanks to its specific education programme.


The CGS has a thematic profile and makes possible the interdisciplinary access to the key subject area of social sciences research. The fields of work of the fellows and doctoral thesis are integrated into thematic orientation of the Graduate School. The thematic profile can change cyclically. The fellows form a research group that works on the subject from various perspectives and presents it internationally. Their research work is an essential basis to establish the Graduate School as an excellence initiative.


The doctoral candidate of the Graduate School completes an education programme worked out and realized by the fellows. This programme contains consultations and agreements with the tutors, common seminars, conferences, workshops and summer schools. The CGS supports its members in participation in international conferences, gives opportunities to publish research results and takes care of scholarships. The work with third party funds and their winning is an integrate part of the education. The education programme of the CGS has a supplementary function to doctoral study programmes realized at home universities. Some seminars of doctoral study programmes realized at home universities could be acknowledged on the basis of the education programme of the CGS.


Internationalization of graduate education will be realized through a systematically structured education programme and an academic communication between doctoral candidates and within different generations of scientists at international level will be supported. In addition the Graduate School offers a basis for a long-term academic cooperation and close connections between various universities.


The CGS is led and coordinated by the International Relations History Department at the Faculty of Political Sciences and International Studies, Nicolaus Copernicus University Toruń (Prof. Ralph Schattkowsky) and it is supported by the fellows. The Graduate School is financed from third party funds. The project is prepared on the basis of Toruń International PhD Students' College (TMKD) (www.tmkd.umk.pl), which is the central institution of the educational programme and is already established as a summer university. The organizers have experience in operating with third party funds and in international projects.


The members of the CGS are fellows and doctoral candidates. The fellows come from different countries and they are internationally acknowledged for the profile of the Graduate School. They cooperate with other scientists in the scope of the excellence of research and the doctorate programme. Any young scientist who is matriculated as a PhD candidate at his or her home university can become a member of the Copernicus Graduate School. The thematic orientation has to be compatible with the thematic profile of the Graduate School. The application for membership in CGS is internationally announced and the fellows decide on the admission. The Graduate School is designated for ca. 20 doctoral candidates. The membership ends after a successful defence of the doctoral dissertation and it will be confirmed by a certificate.