Since September 2011, it has been possible to do a supervised PhD program at Zeppelin University. Every academic looks forward to working with interested parties who cannot ignore their vocation, who cannot fight the urge to thoroughly investigate every phenomenon that piques their interest, and who want to forge ahead with their doctoral project at a beautiful lakeside location.
To date, more than 70 co-operative doctorates have been completed at ZU, while at present there are 75 doctorates being supervised. Meanwhile, a good number of ZU's junior academics were appointed to professorships across the globe.
"I chose ZU for my doctoral program because the personal and individual way people dealt with me in my application process has really impressed me. Right from the start I got the feeling that it is exactly here that I get the tools to realize my vision, my doctoral degree, successfully."
Alexander Jaroschinsky | doctoral candidate with Prof Dr Christian Opitz at the ZF Friedrichshafen Chair of Personnel Management & Leadership
With its research profile, ZU offers room for the exploration of interstices, for the conversion of side issues into central questions, and for refreshingly different technical perspectives – all of which on a solid disciplinary foundation.
As a matter of principle, academic orientation (and consequently junior academic staff who want to turn their passion for research into a profession) is at the center of ZU's overall research concept.
In exceptional cases, part-time dissertations which follow an approach which is clearly theoretically modeled or quantitatively empirical, can be supervised – however preferably those with a focus on an academic career.
Additional Features of a Doctorate at ZU
Ideal Conditions for Great Work-Life Balance, with
Golnaz Sarkar Farshi, doctoral candidate with Prof. Dr. Baecker at the chair for Cultural Theory & Analysis:
„I am Iranian and learned about Niklas Luhmann's social systems theory as I was doing my Master's studies in drama. I knew that Germany, the land where the theory had developed, would offer me the optimal academic atmosphere where I could pursue my post-graduate studies. I am specialized in film and drama studies and sought a university which would support the interdisciplinary research that I was heading for: to study cinema as a social system. I corresponded with many universities in Germany, and Zeppelin University (and my supervisor, Prof Dr rer soc Dirk Baecker) was the only university that was open and welcoming to such diversity and interdisciplinarity. Having spent two semesters at ZU, I have enjoyed the kind and unconditional support of ZUGS staff who made it possible for me to stay here and focus on my research despite all the difficulties that I had as an international PhD student."
Julius Nowack, doctoral candidate with Prof. Dr. Birger Priddat, Guest Professor for Political Economics
"As an external doctoral student, I decided to do my PhD at Zeppelin University because it's really flexible.
The partially-structured program gives the doctoral students lots of freedom to choose the events to attend. The personally-tailored curriculum can be customized to suit your daily routine, and you decide yourself when you want to be in the university.
The variety of seminars and colloquia on offer does'nt just help with the further development of your own dissertation theme – above all it promotes interactive exchange between professors, teachers, and fellow students.
The direct channels of communication in ZU's administration, and the helpfulness of everyone involved, mean that doing your PhD at Zeppelin University is far more than just writing an academic work."
Should you be interested in working as a research fellow at ZU, you can find up-to-date information here on requests for proposals in various (post-)doctoral positions.
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