The Project Set-up

The FoNTI Curriculum

The FoNTI Curriculum consists of four phases:

  1. The Start-up Phase (Semester 1 and 2)
  2. The Immersion Phase (Semester 3 and 4)
  3. The Implementation Phase (Semester 5 and 6)
  4. The Consolidation and Dissemination Phase (Semester 7 and 8)

 

The Start-up Phase

The Start-up Phase covers semesters 1 and 2. The main goals are to achieve an understanding of the general landscape of the relevant fields and to develop the exact contours of the individual dissertation projects. The preparatory phase ends with the successful presentation of each project and its acceptance by the doctoral studies program advisory board.

The start-up phase will include the following elements:

  • The FoNTI Colloquia in which the participants meet on a weekly basis and present/discuss their projects at its current state. These colloquia are held cooperatively by the FoNTI faculty, and they have a strong emphasis on the preparation for the project presentation in semester 2.
  • The FoNTI Invited Talks Series (a weekly meeting in which the participants and the faculty invite guest speakers; the guest speakers are carefully selected so as to strengthen the international FoNTI research network, and to provide an ideal fit to the FoNTI doctoral students’ projects; the invited lecture scheme includes face-to-face time for intense research discussions between the invited experts and the doctoral student(s) working in this field).
  • The FoNTI Context Courses (a vast number of courses from the existing teaching program are open to the FoNTI members to strengthen their academic training in selected areas where this is needed).

The FoNTI members will profit from a wide array of preparatory courses and special skills training courses offered by the doctoral studies program of the University of Vienna.

 

The Immersion Phase

The Immersion Phase covers semesters 3 and 4. Its main goals are to engage with the relevant research in the diverse intersectional target fields and to gain first substantive insights. Successful FoNTI members acquire the skills to participate successfully in international philosophical research. They are also brought into contact with leading external experts in their field of specialization in the continued FoNTI invited talks series.

The immersion phase contains the following elements:

  • The FoNTI Colloquia in which the participants meet on a weekly basis and present/discuss their projects at its current state. These colloquia are held cooperatively by the FoNTI faculty. In semesters III & IV, the colloquia are coordinated with the invited talks series in such a way that successful FoNTI doctoral students propose the invited guest lecturers to fit their own topics, so that the invited experts participate in – and comment on - the doctoral students’ presentation in the colloquia.
  • The FoNTI Invited Talks Series (a weekly meeting in which the participants and the faculty invite selected guest speakers; the guest speakers are carefully selected, so as to strengthen the international FoNTI research network, and to provide an ideal fit to the FoNTI doctoral students’ projects).
  • The FoNTI Workshop I, a four-day workshop in which the FoNTI doctoral students present and discuss their work with experts in the field as well as selected external participants (invited speakers as well as selected speakers based on an open call for contributions). The idea of the FoNTI-workshop is to complement the emerging FoNTI network of leading external experts with a network of younger scholars from other universities in the field. The FoNTI workshop also provides a “training ground” for participation in international workshops, which is strongly encouraged.

 

The Implementation Phase

The Implementation Phase covers semesters 5 and 6. Its main goals is the completion of substantive parts of the research projects in writing. At this stage, the FoNTI doctoral students have completed the mandatory curriculum; they are encouraged to use their time resources and energies to optimize their written output. The ongoing course program and workshop scheme is highly adapted to the specific needs of the FoNTI doctoral students, offering additional opportunities for presentation and discussion of their projects, as well as networking activities.

The Implementation Phase contains the following elements:

  • The FoNTI Colloquia which offer a weekly opportunity to the doctoral students to present and discuss their projects at its current state. These colloquia are held cooperatively by the FoNTI faculty.
  • The FoNTI Invited Talks Series, a weekly meeting in which the participants and the faculty invite selected guest speakers; the guest speakers are carefully selected so as to strengthen the international FoNTI research network, and to provide an ideal fit to the FoNTI doctoral students’ projects.
  • The FoNTI Workshop II, a four-day workshop in which the FoNTI doctoral students present and discuss their work with experts in the field as well as selected external participants (invited speakers as well as selected speakers based on an open call for contributions). The idea of the FoNTI-workshop is to complement the emerging FoNTI network of leading external experts with a network of younger scholars from other universities in the field. The FoNTI workshop also provides a “training ground” for participation in international workshops, which is strongly encouraged.

 

The Consolidation and Dissemination Phase

The Consolidation and Dissemination Phase covers semesters 7 and 8. The FoNTI doctoral students have completed the substantive part of their research at this stage, and the goal is now to complete their PhDs. In semester 8, the defensiones are held. Prior to the submission of their theses, each FoNTI doctoral student is provided with the means to invite one international expert to Vienna for three days of intense discussion of the doctoral student’s work.

All doctoral theses are refereed exclusively by external experts to ensure a strict separation between supervision and refereeing. The external international referees are invited to Vienna so that the defensiones can be held with the referees present. FoNTI encourages cumulative PhD-theses, and provides its doctoral students with advice on publication strategies.

The goal for dissemination is that all FoNTI doctoral students have parts of their work submitted and potentially accepted by renowned research outlets in their fields, as well as a pipeline of promising publishable work. They are also able to draw on a tightly knit international research network to develop future research perspectives.

The consolidation and dissemination phase contains the following elements:

  • The FoNTI Colloquia, which offer the doctoral students a weekly opportunity to present and discuss work that is ready for submission. These colloquia are held cooperatively by the FoNTI faculty.
  • The FoNTI Invited Talks Series (a weekly meeting in which the participants and the faculty invite selected guest speakers; the guest speakers are carefully selected so as to strengthen the international FoNTI research network; at this stage, the invitations focuses on the doctoral students’ further research perspectives).
  • The FoNTI Invited Researcher Scheme: Prior to the submission of their theses, each FoNTI doctoral student invite one international expert to Vienna for three days of intense and detailed discussion of the doctoral student’s work over 1-2 days. These discussions are mostly one-to-one between the expert and the doctoral student, with some participation of the relevant FoNTI faculty supervisors.
  • The FoNTI Graduate’s Self-organized Workshop: the FoNTI doctoral students self-organize a four-days workshop.
  • The FoNTI Researcher Exchange Scheme: the FoNTI doctoral students have the opportunity to visit a research location of their choosing (especially the FoNTI research network) for an extended period of time.