The mentors for the thesis project are already proposed at the time of registration for the doctoral programme. Applicants, therefore, should as a first step contact potential mentors to discuss their professional qualification and their willingness to participate in the thesis project. Officially the director of BayNAT appoints the mentoring committee after the application has been accepted.
As a rule, the mentoring committee consists of three scientists who are able to professionally supervise the research project from different view points.
If a mentor can no longer be part of the mentoring committee, the director will nominate a substitute member (by request of the doctoral student in accordance with the mentorate). The Regulations do not require him or her to disclose the reasons for the withdrawal from the mentoring committee.
Doctoral students must draft a Supervisory Agreement with their supervisor. This is also a precondition to get funding from the UBT Graduate School.
One task of the mentoring committee is to give advice to the doctoral student with respect to research. This is formally realized by discussing the research plan and the annual reports required for the doctoral programme. In the mentor´s daily research routine - in particular the supervisor - he or she should be available for discussing questions and problems.
The mentoring committee gives advice with regard to selecting the required assessment components like courses, possible stays abroad and conferences. It ensures that a balanced selection is chosen from the course catalogue within the graduate school in order to promote the candidate's professional and transferable skills.
The components are formally proposed by the mentoring committee (or the supervisor) upon admission to the doctoral examination and are confirmed by the steering committee.
The mentoring committee also supervises the doctoral student during the writing process of the thesis. The target date to submit the thesis should be settled in agreement with the mentoring committee.
The doctoral student and the mentoring committee will meet regularly - prferably at least once a semester.