Close to one third of staff member at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) are PhD candidates, who are part of the institute’s doctoral programme. They belong to one (sometimes) two of the scientific working groups at ZMT and are mostly working on the institute’s research projects. One third of the PhD candidate have an international background with 63 percent of these hailing from tropical countries.
A Doctoral Studies Circle is responsible for the programme, shaping the training offers and acting as a general point of contact for the needs of Ph.D. students. The circle consists of two senior and early career researchers as well as two PhD candidates.
In 2013, ZMT launched the Leibniz Graduate School SUTAS (Sustainable Use of Tropical Aquatic Systems) with financial support from the Leibniz Association. With funding ending in 2016 the structural elements of SUTAS are now being combined with the PhD programme of ZMT.
Close cooperation with other graduate school topic-related graduate school in Bremen (such as GLOMAR – Bremen International Graduate School for Marine Sciences; BIGSSS – Bremen International Graduate School in the Social Sciences; MarMic – Max Planck Research School for Marine Microbiology), enables Ph.D. candidates to also take part in a wide range of extra disciplinary courses and soft skill trainings.
Many of P.D students at ZMT have been awarded grants or stipends. ZMT supports awardees by offering infrastructure and in-house opportunities for research funding.
Up to five sienctists from ZMT partner countries receive a NAM Fellowship every year, which allows them to spend three months at the institute doing research and developing their network.
ZMT also welcomes stipend holders from the UN Nippon Foundation, who are working in science and politics in developing countries. Scholarship holders from the DAAD, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation or the Hanse-Wissenschaftskollegs (HWK) Delmenhorst are regularly choosing ZMT and are being adequately supported.
Moreover, scientists are also contributing to education and capacity development in the institute’s partner countries including Senegal, Tanzania, South Africa, Indonesia und Brazil. ZMT is for example a partner in the doctoral programme CEMarin (Santa Marta, Kolumbien) of the DAAD.