Supervision by the Mentoring Committee

The Doctoral Regulations of BayNAT describe the details of the mentoring committee in § 6 and the PEER Regulations (BayNAT regulations) under item 5 (2) on page 28.

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.

  • The supervisor of the planned thesis project ("thesis reviewer") has to be a professor of the graduate school according to  Art. 2 Abs. 1 Nr. 1 BayHSchPG, i.e. an authorized examiner  (professor, junior professor, habilitated person or in the process of habilitation). He or she is the chair of the mentoring committee.

  • Further mentors may be authorized examiners or (max. one) non-authorized examiners but members of BayNAT with a doctoral degree (assistants, postdocs).

  • At least two members of the mentoring committee should take part in the doctoral programme PEER at the University of Bayreuth. Upon request to the director, who has to agree on admission, it is possible to have an external mentor. Members of BayNAT from other research fields (mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer sciences, geography ...) are not considered as "external".

If a mentor cannot be part of the mentoring committee any more, the director will nominate (by request of the doctoral student in accordance with the mentorate) a substitute member. The Regulations do not  demand for presenting the reasons for the retreat from the mentoring committee.


You need to draft a Supervisory Agreement with the supervisor. It is also a precondition to get funding within 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. But also in daily research routine the mentors - in particular the supervisor - should be available for discussing questions and problems.

The mentoring committee gives advice with regard to selecting the required achievements like courses, possible stays abroad and conferences. It takes care, that a balanced selection is chosen from the catalogue of achievements offered within the graduate school in order to promote the candidate's professional and so-called "key skills".
The achievements are formally proposed by the mentorate (resp. the supervisor) at the admission to the doctoral exam and 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 arranged in agreement with the mentoring committee.

The doctoral student and the mentoring committee will meet regularly - it is reasonable to do so at least once per semester.

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