The Research Doctorate is linked to a position at the German Institute for Inventions (Deutsches Institut für Erfindungswesen, DIE). The term “Research Doctorate” means that the doctoral candidate will be employed by the DIE in Munich as a Research Assistant and be enrolled for a doctorate in IP Management at the University of Strasbourg. The doctoral candidate will therefore play an integral role in research and teaching within the scope of the Master of IP Law and Management (MIPLM) program. At the same time, they will be directly involved in the CTO Forum and the activities of the Board of Trustees of the Diesel Medal (Dieselkuratorium).

The prerequisites are a successfully completed university degree and at least 3 years of professional experience in the field of intellectual property or a similar qualification.

Within the scope of a research doctorate in IP Management on the Diesel Medal Postgraduate Program, you will initially complete the MIPLM Master’s program. This Master’s program begins in January and ends in June. You must choose the option with a Master’s thesis. This Master’s thesis will serve as scientific preparation for your dissertation project. At the end of the academic year, you will submit your Master’s thesis and enroll for a doctorate in English at the University of Strasbourg.

Application Form – Research Doctorate
Example of a Research Proposal

Good scientific practice
Scientific freedom and good scientific practice go hand in hand. The freedom of science is justified by the quality of its research outcomes for society. This quality is assured by adhering to the principles of good scientific practice. The Diesel Medal Postgraduate Program supports junior scientists in complying with these principles and expects compliance with these principles in return.

Why are these principles important for members of the Postgraduate Program?

  • Because you must avoid scientific misconduct and should ensure scientific integrity.
  • Because you will be closely interacting with and providing support to colleagues, other doctoral candidates and scientists within the scope of the Postgraduate Program.

The memorandum on “Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice” of the Commission of the German Research Association (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) can be downloaded here; Recommendations of the Commission on Professional Self-Regulation in Science.

Please find a summary of the key points here.


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