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Call for candidates: Election of the doctoral student council (Promovierendenvertretung (PromV))

Elections for the doctoral student council (Promovierendenvertretung (PromV)) for the next one-year term of office (starting 01.10.2020) will take place soon.

The doctoral student council consists of 13 members, with one member to be elected per faculty. The doctoral representatives are the representatives of the faculties that advise on questions concerning doctoral students and make recommendations to the university’s governing bodies. The doctoral representatives are therefore not to be equated with the doctoral student representatives of the individual doctoral programmes in GAUSS (but can be the same person indeed).

Proposals for candidates are required for the election. Candidates should be able to speak fluently german, as all conversation in university bodies is german. Nominations must be submitted in writing to the electoral office from 25.05. to 12.06.2020 (area 81, room 2.123, in the Von-Siebold-Straße 2, 37075 Göttingen). Everything else, as well as the election announcement (Invitation for the elections to the PhD representation 2020), can be found here ( There you will also find the election proposal form and the declaration of consent. All eligible voters will receive a separate information e-mail to their student e-mail address.

The election meeting will take place on 09.07.2020 from 02:15 pm. If the election meeting has to be  cancelled due to the the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, it will be carried out digitally by means of video conferencing – the election will then be made by postal vote; i.e. it does not have to be applied for separately. The postal voting documents are automatically sent to the addresses of the doctoral students entitled to vote which are stored on eCampus. The doctoral students of a faculty each form an election division.

Information on the doctoral student council (PromV): It advises on questions concerning doctoral students and makes recommendations to the university bodies. Previous doctoral student representatives of the 2019/20 legislature of the respective faculties can be viewed under this link.  The doctoral representatives or the Spokesperson of the PromV and his or her representatives are available to answer questions about the rights and duties of the council.

Having a permanent contact person in the PromV is very important for every faculty in order to be able to incorporate your opinion as a doctoral student into decision-making processes and planning. Therefore, please consider whether you would like to introduce yourself to the office and be nominated as a candidate. Thank you in advance for your commitment!