Membership in HGS MathComp is based on interest groups. Doctoral candidates are our main group of members and the target group of our efforts to supply excellent development conditions for young researchers. All other memberships are instrumental to provide the services to our fellows.
At the beginning of the PhD research phase doctoral candidates of Heidelberg University can apply to become members in HGS MathComp. While the membership is largely independent of the administrative procedure at the relevant faculty, formally the membership in the graduate school is restricted to the period of PhD research.
Application for membership by doctoral candidates involves the formation of a Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC), consisting of two supervisors (professors from two different work groups, usually from different research institutes) and two mentors (senior doctoral candidates or postdocs) and the written formulation of an abstract describing in short the planned research topic.
Note that membership is not linked to financial schemes in the graduate school. Doctoral candidates are financed trough research contracts based on project funding or research assistant positions through the work group of the main/first supervisor. Funding by the graduate school complements this basic scheme by providing financial support for conference visits, student research assistants (“Hiwi”), gender equality funds and much more.
Membership as a PI in HGS MathComp follows the regulations of the statutes of the graduate school. Professors and junior research group leaders aiming for membership in the graduate school apply to the board of HGS MathComp, motivating their application by proof their thematic relation to the core areas of the school.
Currently more than 50 researchers are full members of HGS MathComp. Students in their groups join the graduate school as fellows if the topic of the PhD project fits to the school. PIs also provide training opportunities for our fellows, engage in workshops and summer schools we offer and interact with our fellows to support their development as young independent scientists.
Other researchers of Heidelberg University as well as foreign professors and scientists at partner institutions of HGS MathComp can join the graduate school on a temporary basis. Training offers of the graduate school, workshops and conferences are open to all our members free of charge.
While associate investigators do not have voting rights in the boards of the school, they are fully integrated in all measures of the school and participate in actions and programs organized by the board of directors such as the guest professor program and the summer school offers.
The administrative staff of HGS MathComp are also members of the school. The central office supports all administrative issues by the members and handles applications to all programs. It also conducts the Upstream project and the Romberg guest program.
Positions in the administrative staff are contracted based on a transparent application and selection process in association with the human ressources department of Heidelberg University. The staff team embraces the diversity of our members and aims to profit from the different views of all our partners, associaties, PIs and fellows.
As a graduate school, HGS MathComp teams up with partners worldwide to form a network of institutions thriving to improve the development of young researchers and the education of bachelor and master students who aim to acquire competences in the fields of our research.
The network of institutions comprises institutes around the globe, from work groups and institutes to international graduate programs and institutional partners. Institutions interested to join this network are invited to contact the administration of HGS MathComp and engage in communication with our members and the administrative bodies of the school. Further information can be obtained in the section on internationalization.