12-month exchange with the co-advisor: this forms the unique feature of the CLS doctoral program and is a non-negotiable program requirement. During the exhange, the PhD fellow takes leave of absence ("Beurlaubung") from their home base and switches to a contract issued by the co-advisors institute. If a single 12-month exchange is impractical, it may be divided into two 6-month periods.
Short visits: PhD fellows are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities offered by both organizations and to actively seek cross-group collaborations. To facilitate this, short visits between sites are encouraged and travel costs covered. The trip between Zurich and Tübingen/Stuttgart takes around 3 hours by train.
Course credits: as ETH doctoral candidates, PhD fellows are seen not only as employees but also students, and are obliged in the course of their doctoral study to continue their education, inside and outside their specialist area. Another important component of a doctorate is learning how to educate others. Thus, CLS PhD fellows need to obtain course credits (in most cases, a minimum of 12 credit points) and take part in the teaching activities of their host group, according to the regulations of the respective department at ETH Zurich.
Progress reports: CLS PhD fellows are expected to discuss their project plans and progress in a joint meeting (virtual or physical) attended by both advisors at least once per year, followed up with a summary written by the student to be submitted to the CLS coordinator. In addition, PhD fellows are expected to provide documentation of the progress of their research project as required by the doctoral regulations at ETH Zurich, e.g. must submit a detailed written research plan within one year of doctoral registration. This research plan should be discussed with and agreed upon by both CLS advisors.
Events: CLS PhD fellows are expected to actively participate in workshops, summer schools and other events of the Center.
Acknowledgements: All CLS fellows are required to mention the CLS as funding source in the acknowledgements of their publications (journal publications, proceedings, PhD thesis, etc). If possible they should also mention the CLS in the affiliation section in addition to the home institution. This could read as:
- Your Name
- Department of XY, ETH Zurich and Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems
- Your Name
- Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Tübingen/Stuttgart, Germany and Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems