By what date must the dissertation be published?

The candidate is obliged to deliver the dissertation in the format specified in the publication regulations within three years of the doctoral examination.

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Can I apply for a grant to cover the printing costs?

The Max Geldner Dissertation Fund of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (application form awards grants to cover the costs of printing dissertations in the humanities and social sciences. Grants are awarded by the relevant faculty committee every February and September.
You can also consult this list of foundations and funds that offer grants for printing costs. Before applying, please ensure you meet the criteria.

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Do I have to publish my dissertation?

Yes, the dissertation must be published to ensure that the doctorate is valid in law.

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In what format must I publish my dissertation?

The mandatory copies of the dissertation are to be provided in the format specified in the publication regulation.

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When do I receive my doctoral certificate?

You will receive your certificate once you have submitted the mandatory copies (see the publication regulations). Until then, you may only use the title of “Dr. phil. des.” (Doctor philosophiae designatus).

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When does the doctorate become legally valid?

The doctoral certificate entitles the bearer to use the academic title “Dr. phil.”, or “PhD” in English.
The doctorate will be announced in the Kantonsblatt Basel-Stadt.

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