To recruit and establish an interdisciplinary PhD community, Graduate Schools in the Social Sciences and Humanities have engaged in various activities:
- Maintaining an open recruitment procedure, defining necessary knowledge in broad and inclusive terms, and underlining the need for interdisciplinary approaches.
- Offering dedicated student grants and scholarships for interdisciplinary topics.
- Example: Loughborough University, where studentships are regularly allocated to interdisciplinary doctoral training projects, with supervisors drawn from different disciplines.
- Organizing special seminars and workshops for students to acquire hands-on experience with interdisciplinary collaboration.
- Awarding excellent interdisciplinary papers, articles and dissertations of PhD students.
- Example: The Erasmus Graduate School for Social Sciences and Humanities annually awards the best interdisciplinary poster, paper, article and PhD manuscript in its community. Submissions are assessed by the Dean and staff of the school and the award ceremony is held publicly in the beginning of the calendar year [PhD Excellence Awards].
- Stimulating and rewarding interdisciplinary initiatives of PhD students.
- Example: the Peer Mentoring scheme of the Heidelberg Graduate School for the Humanities and Social Sciences, which allows and supports PhD students to organize their own interdisciplinary workshops or seminars.
- Offering university-wide training and support for PhD students to enable networking between peers from different departments.