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From the beginning, the Commission of the Elite Network of Bavaria has accompanied and supported our programs "Elite Graduate Programs" and "International Doctorate Programs". The constitutive meeting of the Commission took place on August 29 and 30, 2003. Furthermore, the Commission has accompanied the new program "International Junior Research Groups" since the beginning of 2013. The chairman of the Commission is Professor Knut Urban Senior Professor of the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance.

The main task of the International Commission is to select the most outstanding elite study programs at the Bavarian universities.

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The selection procedure has several rounds. First the applicants hand in drafts of their projects. Then the commission asks that a more detailed application be drawn up for the most promising projects. They are evaluated by expert boards which vote on the concepts and refer them back to the commission for the final decision.

The support for the Elite Graduate, International Doctorate Programs and International Junior Research Groups is based on the advice of the Commission, which bases its decision on purely scientific considerations. The Commission pays special attention to the excellence of all the people involved, to internationalisation, to the innovative character of the proposed curriculum, to imaginative teaching methods and to the best possible student mentoring. Initially, the funding for the Doctorate Programs is limited to four years, funding for the Graduate Programs to five years. Upon application it is possible to add a second funding period. The funding of the International Junior Research Groups is limited to five years. 


Funding continuation

A continuation of the funding of the Elite Graduate Programs and Internationale Doctorate Programs is only possible if strict criteria of excellence are met. The Commission takes a decision about doing so on the basis of the evaluation survey, which the Coordination Office of the Elite Network of Bavaria conducts among the students, Ph.D. students and the spokespersons of the programs each year. In addition, the Commission appoints expert committees before the first funding period is over. They evaluate the quality of the modules, the students and Ph.D. students, either on the basis of a visit to the university site or on the basis of a symposium.

The established Elite graduate Programs are funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts for a maximum of two funding periods (ten years). Since 2013 universities have the possibility of continuing the established Elite Graduate Programs by taking charge of concept and facilities themselves. Quality assurance is still carried out by the Elite Network of Bavaria. The International Commission also recommends which Elite Graduate Programs should be continued on the basis of the recommendation of the installed evaluation board.

Members of the Commission


Prof. Dr. Knut Urban
Seniorprofessor at Jülich Aachen Research Alliance
Director Emeritus of the Ernst Ruska-Centre

Prof. Dr. Peter Strohschneider
President of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
Chair of German Medieval Studies, University of Munich

Members of the Commission

Prof. Dr. Nina Dethloff
Director of the Institute of German, European, and International Family Law
Chair of Civil Law, International Law, Comparative Law, and European Law, University of Bonn

Prof. Dr. Michael Drmota
Institute of Discrete Mathematics and Geometry, TU Wien

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Alfred Kieser
Prof. Emeritus of the University of Mannheim 
former Vicepresident and Dean of Zeppelin University Graduate School

Prof. Dr. Reinhold Kliegl
Chair of Cognitive Psychology, University of Potsdam

Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Kohl
Frobenius Institute for research in cultural anthropology, Goethe University Frankfurt 

Prof. Dr. Frauke Kraas
Professor and Chair of Human Geography, Department of Geography at the Unitversity of Cologne

Prof. Dr. Ernst Osterkamp
Chair of German Literature, Humboldt University of Berlin
President of the German Academy for Language and Literature

Prof. Dr. Daniela Pfannkuche
I. Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Hamburg

Prof. Dr. Bernd Scholz-Reiter
Chancellor of the University of Bremen
Chair of the scientific research institute dealing with the issues of production and logistics systems, University of Bremen  

Prof. Dr. Drs. h.c. Helmut Schwarz
President of Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation
Chair of Organic Chemistry, TU Berlin

Prof. Dr. Hans Vorländer
Chair of Political Theory and History of Political Ideas, Technical University of Dresden

Prof. Dr. Dorothea Wagner
Head of the Institute of Theoretical Informatics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Prof. Dr. Ellen Zechner
Institute of Molecular Biosciences, University of Graz