In June 2024, online elections will be held at the university. Students, academic employees and doctoral students are allowed to vote for their candidates in the senate and the faculty councils. The doctoral students can additionally vote for the members of the board (ProKo). Seven board members and their successors will be elected. The term starts on October 1st, 2024 and ends on September 30th, 2025.

Election period: 11.-24. June 2024

Deadline to hand in the Form of Candidacy: 21. May 2024 at 3 pm

Offizielle Wahlbekanntmachung (official announcement of the elections in German)

Form of Candidacy (Formular für die Kandidatur)

Electoral committee: Lennart Bosch and Ida Holm

If you need help with information only given in German or regarding election regularities, just contact us.

Change of the rules of procedure

Together with above elections, there will be a voting on a change to the Proko's rules of procedure (Geschäftsordnung). The previous rules of procedure have been passed in 2015 and since then, the political framework has changed in multiple aspects. The current Proko board has adjusted the rules of procedure accordingly and has put them up to vote. You can view the full new document here.

Summary of changes:

  • Added new aim: The support of international students has not been included in the aims of the Proko explicitly. A corresponding sentence has been added in the new proposal.
  • Adjustment to university convention for gender sensitive language: In 2022 the university has introduced a new explicit convention about gender sensitive language. The rules of procedure have been updated acordingly.
  • Update of references: Many references to other documents were outdated and the references have changed in the meantime. Thus we updated the references at different points in the document.
  • Future changes of the rules of procedure: Until now a change of the rules of procedure required the positive vote of at least 50 PhD students. Because of impracticality the paragraph has been adapted such that changes to the rules of procedure are now proposed by the Proko board and PhD students have to veto until a predefined due date, otherwise the proposal is accepted.

Election principles

  1. A majority vote takes place without ties to the proposed applicants (Mehrheitswahl ohne Bindung an die vorgeschlagenen Bewerberinnen und Bewerber).
  2. All doctoral students accepted on the day of the election are entitled to vote actively and passively.
  3. The confirmation for acceptance as a doctoral candidate is particularly suitable as proof of entitlement to vote, which must be submitted on request when exercising the right to vote.
  4. Each voter has seven votes, with each eligible person having a maximum of one vote.

Formalities and content of a candidacy

A form for candidacy to the Proko board is available for candidates (see above). If you want to run for the senate or the faculty councils, please visite the website of the electoral committee of the university (link above). The signed form has to reach the electoral committee by the set deadline in order to be considered on the ballots.

Election of the Proko board

The Proko board consists of seven people. This ensures that each faculty is represented by at least one person - provided that at least one person from this faculty has received at least two votes. Each person has 7 votes, each person can be given 1 vote.

Other people can be written onto the ballot, the person must be clearly identifiable and be accepted as a doctoral student at Ulm University. The votes do not have to go to people who belong to the same faculty.

Distribution of seats

The following example is intended to explain how the mandates are distributed after the counting.

  • The election results are shown on the right. The colors represent the faculty affiliation of the persons standing for election, next to them are the number of votes that each person received.
  • In a first step, the candidates from each faculty with the most votes are selected. These people are set for the board. If no person was elected for a faculty, this seat will not be filled in this step.
  • In a second step, the remaining seats are filled according to the number of votes until the seven members of the board are determined. The faculty affiliation does not play a role in this step.


If a person does not accept the election or resigns, the person with the most votes is the successor, regardless of the faculty affiliation. Exception: the person leaving was the only representative of a faculty - in this case the next candidate from the same faculty succeeds.