• The BGHS

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BGHS Structure


The organizational structure of the BGHS ensures the participation of all members. Besides the doctoral researchers, the members are the two faculties with their affiliated institutions, the Board of the Graduate School, the BGHS Office and its Executive Committee.

The Directors run and represent the BGHS within and outside Bielefeld University.  The term of office is two years, re-election is possible.

The Board of the BGHS is responsible for the strategic development of the academic program. It also decides on the allocation of scholarships. The board of directors consists of:

  • the Directors of the BGHS
  • three members each from the group of professors from the Department of History and the Faculty of Sociology
  • the Deans of the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology and of the Faculty of Sociology
  • two members from the group of the non-professorial academic staff
  • two representatives of the BGHS doctoral researchers
  • one member from the group of other staff

The Representatives of their interests are elected by the doctoral researchers at the BGHS and come, one each, from history and sociology. Additional elections take place for two representatives of social and cultural affairs and two representatives of the international doctoral researchers. The term of their office is one year.

The Academic Liaison care at the BGHS is available to all its members for advice and encouragement relating to all matters concerning the BGHS. In particular, she/he will support students to find solutions to academic or general issues concerning everyday life at the BGHS.

The Office coordinates the program of the BGHS and advises its members on all topics related to doctoral studies and membership in the BGHS.

Die Mitgliederversammlung umfasst alle genannten Mitglieder und findet einmal jährlich statt. Sie dient der Information und dem Austausch der Mitglieder aller Statusgruppen.

The BGHS works on the basis of its Administration and Use Regulations (VBO in German).

Download the statutes here (PDF)