PhD programme

"Over the past 6 years, I've seen iDiv grow from a germ of an idea to one of the world's leading biodiversity institutes. If I was starting my career over, this is where I would want to be!"

Professor Dave Raffaelli


The yDiv PhD programme “in a nutshell”:

  • Curriculum: completing 12 credit points
  • Supervision: regular meetings with your PhD Advisory Committee (PAC) to monitor progress, help prioritize and value your work
  • Research Stay: opportunity to stay abroad for up to three months

Being part of yDiv also means:

  • Participation in the yDiv retreat and the iDiv Annual Conference
  • Building yourself a professional network via the iDiv consortium and its top-level collaborators and visitors
  • Access to a variety of courses, events and activities at the graduate academies of the consortium universities, as well as the HIGRADE graduate school of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
  • Participating in the workshops of the synthesis centre sDiv
  • Developing your skills in helping to organize a conference, retreat etc. at iDiv
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