AIS-Graduate-Program EN



Academy of Inner Science Graduate Program


Welcome to the new Academy of Inner Science Graduate Program!


"The new AIS graduate program in collaboration with five Universities is an amazing new offering that will foster the dialogue, fertilisation and research of the inner (contemplative) sciences and the outer academic sciences together. It is an exciting step because both are based upon serious, grounded and well-established practice and methods, and both have in their deepest core the wish to illuminate the foundations of life, the universe and human experience. Therefore I think we are entering exciting new territory and I hope that the fruits of this collaboration will serve humanity and life for a long time."

Thomas Hübl


1. Overview

1.1. Vision

"The AIS-GRADUATE PROGRAM bridges the gap between inner and outer sciences."
Our approach is to overcome the gap through mutual respect, dialogue between inner and outer science, and development of a common language.

For this purpose we need to be rooted in both, inner and outer science, and eager to acquire and to embody more knowledge by studying and practicing both fields. Our hypothesis is that from this dialogue and interplay of inner and outer science an innovative contribution to the world will emerge.

Inner Science is understood as study and practice of - and research into - mystical principles.


1.2. Goals


  • promotes research combining the study of inner science with the knowledge of the outer science.
  • is a multidisciplinary host for PhD-candidates whose scientific questions are inspired by studies of inner science.
  • provides supervision for PhD-candidates on both scientific/discipline-specific and personal/spiritual levels.


Presentation at the Celebrate Life Festival 2017

Presentation at the Celebrate Life Festival 2017 - Kazuma Matoba and Thomas Hübl


1.3. Form

The AIS-GRADUATE PROGRAM is an interuniversity graduate program under the umbrella of the Academy of Inner Science. The PhD-students of the AIS-Graduate Program come together with their peers, with the members of the academic board and with the program director to deepen their scientific/discipline-specific and personal/spiritual development and to be inspired through collaboration.

The PhD-students of the AIS-Graduate Program are enrolled as PhD-students at one of our cooperating academic institutions and hereby admit the rules of these academic institutions. Only the cooperating universities have the right to award doctorates. Enrolment and admission of the PhD-students, acceptance of the dissertation and the doctoral examination procedure is incumbent on the academic institutions.

The distinct doctoral degree regulations of the academic institutions are valid without any restriction.

The AIS-Graduate Program obligates students to follow the rules of good scientific practice


2. Our approach

The AIS Graduate Program is in general open for application of graduates who fulfill the academic requirements of the cooperating academic institutions. It addresses in particular applicants who are seeking to (re)unite their spiritual and professional growth.

The program is open to applicants who have graduated recently as well as to professionals with an established career who are looking for an integral supervision on their path towards a doctorate.

The AIS Graduate Program supports PhD-students in bridging their career and their calling, in transforming what they do for a living to that which gives them the deepest meaning and purpose in their life. The PhD-students are supported in contributing more authentic and more fully in the world.


Academic Board AIS Graduate Program


3. Our Organization and Faculty

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for management of all procedures at the AIS-GRADUATE PROGRAM.

Academic director: Sabine Langer (TU Braunschweig)                     
Program director: Thomas Hübl (AIS)            
Managing director: Kazuma Matoba (IfGIC)    

Academic Board

The Academic Board consists of academic supervisors who guide PhD-candidates in her/his university study. The Academic Board selects applicants and proposes them as PhD-candidates to the Board of Directors.


Participating Universities:

  • University Witten/Herdecke, Germany: Communication and Culture Study (PD Dr. Kazuma Matoba) - Web
  • Technical University Braunschweig, Germany: Engineering Science (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sabine C. Langer) - Web
  • European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany: Law and Social Science (Prof. Dr. Stephen Breidenbach) - Web
  • City University London, England: Management and Organization Study (Prof. Dr. Stefan Haefliger) - Web
  • Meridian University San Francisco, USA: Psychology (Prof. Dr. Aftab Omer) - Web



4. Invited: Your research questions!

The AIS-GRADUATE Program covers these research areas: social science, psychology, communication science, culture study, management science, and engineering science.
We will also be including physics, biology and medical science in the future.

As mentioned above, our vision is to bridge the gap between inner and outer science. Students are encouraged to propose their own research questions related to this vision.

Examples for possible research fields are:

  • Nature of information (e.g. explicit and inherent content)
  • Perception and effect of Toning Meditations
  • Collective Trauma and global conscious witnessing
  • Conflict transformation
  • Reconciliation as a process of transformative learning
  • Transmuting traumatic states
  • Rebuilding trust
  • Emotional development and intelligence
  • Role and impact of workplace spirituality
  • Business strategy and inner guidance
  • The management of innovation and inspiration
  • Organizational purpose as strategic orientation
  • Vocation and purpose in today's business organization
  • Embodiment and the virtual organization
  • Organizational development and machine learning
  • Mystical principles in leadership


Presentation at the Celebrate Life Festival 2017

Presentation at the Celebrate LIfe Festival 2017 - Kazuma Motoba with Thomas Hübl and Martin Bruders


5. Admissions Process


Individuals applying for admission to the AIS-GRADUATE PROGRAM must fulfill the academic prerequisites (e.g. Master degree) and must have a Certificate of a "Timeless Wisdom Training" or a "Pocket Project Training", or be beginning one of these courses in 2017/2018.

The bridge you cross to enter the AIS-GRADUATE PROGRAM invites you to take five steps:

Step 1: anytime

If you are interested in becoming a student, send an E-Mail to: with your contact information and best times to reach you.

Dr. Kazuma Matoba, Managing Director, will contact you through Skype or Zoom to explore one-on-one whether the AIS-GRADUATE PROGRAM is the right fit for you. He will set up an appointment with members of the academic board, to advise you re. disciplinary terms.


Step 2: September 2017 – March 2018

If the AIS-GRADUATE PROGRAM is the right fit, your next step is to complete an Admissions Application Form and send it to: .

Please include the following with your application:

  • A short Exposé (< 4 pages) on your research questions and methods, in intending to participate in the AIS-GRADUATE PROGRAM. The exposé should include "introduction", "state of the art (literature review)", "research objectives and approach", "current work and preliminary results", "work plan and implications" and "conclusion".
  • Brief resume


Step 3: April 2018

The AIS-GRADUATE Program will act on your application.

  • The Academic Board will decide for acceptance of applications and select an academic supervisor (doctorate mother/father) for each candidate.
  • The Board of Directors will approve the decision of the Academic Board.
  • You will be notified of your acceptance to The AIS-GRADUATE PROGRAM by the IfGIC secretary. She will send you Enrollment forms at that time.
  • Being accepted into the AIS graduate program by no means guarantees enrolment into the PhD program in University. You must take two more steps.


Step 4: April 2018 (At a selected University)

Once your enrollment is complete, Dr. Matoba will contact you to assist you in selecting the university that will best support your research goals. You will contact one person of the Academic Board who may be your scientific supervisor (doctorate mother/father).


Step 5: May 2018
Your scientific supervisor will guide you step by step for enrollment in her/his university.


6. Program Calendar

At the heart of The AIS-GRADUATEP ROGRAM calendar is an array of learning opportunities for our PhD-students who are interested in developing the core capacities needed to thrive in our challenging times. You can select courses ranging from in-person gatherings to online virtual retreats, and from summer school in Germany to monthly dialogues that can be accessed from wherever you are.

We are a vibrant learning community, and we invite you to join us monthly in a Doctorate call where various research topics are discussed with faculty and students in interdisciplinary ways.

Teaching program

  • Development of inner, personal and collective skills through participating in a "Timeless Wisdom Training" and/or a "Pocket project".
  • Development of scientific and technical skills through individual supervision with supervisors and through participating in “ or example, workshops for academic writing, methods, presentation".
  • Doctorate call  (monthly, virtual via web conference).
  • Summer school (annual, in-person meeting, one week in Germany) with embedded Internal Colloquium (annual, in-person meeting, 1-2 days).
  • Open Colloquium.


7. Fees and Scholarships

There is neither enrollment fee nor tuition fee, but students are requested to pay participation fees for workshops, the summer school, and the colloquium mentioned above. The Board of Directors will however aim to find financial support from external foundations, Government sources and the EU.

Those who participate in a "TWT Europe, USA" or/and a "Pocket project Training" in 2017/2018 will be totally free from the participation fee of these training courses.

Given diverse national and university regulations, the PhD will be associated with local enrolment and tuition fees. Please refer to the university PhD program websites for further information.


Contact for the program: