Public presentation (=TAC meeting) and approval of thesis project

The first step toward a successful PhD is to get your thesis project approved of. Alas, this involves quite a bit of paperwork and brainstorming with your supervisor, to be done in the first months.

A public presentation of your thesis project (aka TAC meeting) in the presence of your committee members (CMs) must be held within 6-12 months. Usually, the presentations are done within the framework of your Work in Progress Seminars. If you are a student in one of the PhD tracks (DK), please contact your DK manager for program-specific information.

Right after the presentation, a non-public meeting between the candidate and the TAC members will take place to discuss the work plan and scientific and organizational issues. A protocol (signed by all TAC members) describing the research project (exposé and/or progress report) including suggestions for improvements, criticism, etc. is to be sent to Gerlinde.

  • Make sure to have your first TAC with the 6-12 months after starting
  • For the first TAC, write a proposal (= expose) and send it to your committee at least one week in advance

 

What is the thesis advisory committee (TAC)?
The thesis comittee consists of your supervisor plus 2 or 3 scientists of your research area. One of them should be member of the University of Vienna, and one of them should be external (i.e. from a different research institution).

Who is eligible for the TAC?
Your PhD supervisor and scientists who are acknowledged experts on the topic of your thesis project. TAC members must be tenured (“habilitiert”) or independent group leaders who have their own funds. You need at least 3 TAC members. The committee should provide support and guidance for your project by following it from the initial presentation, through annual work progress presentations, to the final thesis defence.

 

After your successful presentation, the Doctoral Thesis Agreement will be signed by the SPL, and a copy will be returned to you by email. In the following years, Annual Progress Reports will be required.

 

E-mail the following paperwork to Gerlinde:

In case there is a confidentiality agreement with your instiution, please attach a copy of the agreement.