To ensure the quality of the PhD project, doctoral candidates sign a PhD agreement with the IGZ, which includes rights and responsibilities of both parties.
PhD students elected two representatives, Lara Blagojevic and Philip Albers, who are communicating needs, ideas and wishes of the students to the IGZ Executive board.
During the early postdoc phase, the IGZ supports the early scientific independence. In 2012 a junior professorship was established in cooperation with the University Potsdam. In 2016 the junior research Groups, headed by Dr Susanne Neugart was succesfully evaluated for another three years.