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Doing a PhD at HNEE

Postgraduate studies are of great importance to the HNEE. In fact, despite the legislative inability of ‘Fachhochschul-Professor*innen’ (professors at speciality Universities) in Germany to provide primary supervision to postgraduate students, the Institute strives to revoke this piece of legislation as part of the ongoing ‘Hochschulentwicklungskonzept’ (specialty university development concept) and the universities own strategic trajectory. The ultimate aim of these efforts is to establish a profile for the HNEE as an institute with the capability of graduating doctoral students as well as broadening its recognition as a prominent location for scientific research and study.

In the process of trying to achieve these goals, various different pathways have been used to graduate doctorate students. A couple of examples include; joint doctoral programs in collaboration with other universities (e.g. the ‘Climate Plasticity Nature Conservation’ program) or doctoral collaborations as part of research projects.

The doctoral program of the ‘Department of Forest and Environment’ has been supporting doctoral students with personal scholarships since 2007. From 2014 to 2019, the HNEE was also able to successfully raise funds through its ‘Professor Program’, and was thereby able to award doctoral positions, scholarships and material resources to young researchers. 

A group of young researchers of oral students and post-docs is currently investigating tansformation processes in the TRANSECT project ("Agrarian Transformations and Social-Ecological Complexities Local Bioeconomy Scenarios in Central and South Asia", headed by Dr. M. Spieß) in the regions of Pakistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.

HNEE has recently closed off an agreement with the ‘Leuphana University of Lüneburg’, which grants the right for primary supervision of doctorate students by German specialty university professors. Together, the two universities run a cooperative graduate school, focused on enforcing biodiversity promoting land use in biosphere reserves. The aim is to give young researchers, in particular university graduates, all the necessary requirements for them to complete high-quality doctorate studies. The graduate school and the cooperative doctorate program in collaboration with ‘Leuphana University of Lüneburg’ welcome all interested postgraduate students.


Information for those interested in promotion

Information for PhD students


Contact partner:

Jenny Hammerich

Graduate School Biosphere Reserves Institute


03334 - 657 513 (Monday/Tuesday available)

Jenny.Hammerich@hnee.de