Preparing, carrying out and completing a doctorate may raise various questions. Due to the high degree of specialisation and variation between disciplines, it is not possible to offer doctoral candidates a centralised advisory service. Instead, at Leipzig University we support doctoral candidates with individual advisory services. If you are considering pursuing a doctorate, it would be wise to find out beforehand about the extensive range of research opportunities on offer. This will require consultation with supervising professors on the subject of your doctorate.

Organising your doctorate

If you are German and interested in enrolling on a doctoral programme, you will need to use the AlmaWeb portal and can request assistance from the Student Office.

After entering your information online, please print the application form and submit it, together with the accompanying documents, to the Student Service Centre (SSZ) either by post or in person during its opening hours.

It is possible to enrol as a doctoral candidate in all courses of study offered at our university. The prerequisite for enrolment is admission to the list of doctoral candidates in accordance with the doctoral regulations, admission to a doctoral programme, or acceptance at a Graduiertenkolleg (referred to in English by the DFG as a Research Training Group). If you have any questions about enrolment, please contact Ms Gebhardt.

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Susanne Gebhardt

Doctoral Programmes Officer

Goethestraße 3-5, Room 4.24
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-32026
Fax: +49 341 97-32059

If you are from abroad, you can apply at the International Centre to enrol on a doctoral programme.

In order to be placed on the list of doctoral candidates, please submit an application to the relevant faculty explaining your intention to start a doctorate. You must do this in order to be able to apply for a doctorate at a later date. The exact procedure can be found in the respective doctoral regulations. Depending on the faculty, you must be placed on the list of doctoral candidates within a certain period prior to applying for admission or initiating the doctoral procedure.

Representation of Doctoral Candidates

Doctoral Council (ProRat)

The Doctoral Council (ProRat) is an elected body that promotes the interests of doctoral students at our university.

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RALeipzig Doctoral Representatives (RA-Doc)

The RALeipzig Doctoral Representatives are elected from the doctoral candidates of all structured doctoral programmes of Leipzig University.

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International Doctoral Candidate Initiative

The International Doctoral Candidate Initiative promotes exchange between foreign doctoral researchers at our university.

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If you have specific questions about organising your doctorate, we will be pleased to assist with our range of advisory services. Photo: Swen Reichhold

Additional Advisory Services

Equal opportunities, family-friendliness and freedom from discrimination are crucial preconditions for an innovative research culture, a stimulating teaching atmosphere, and a productive working environment. The Equal Opportunities Office at Leipzig University offers doctoral candidates an extensive range of advisory and support services.

The Office of Ombudspersons at Leipzig University oversees compliance with good academic practice, offering advice in the event of doubt or problems.

Questions concerning research ethics can also be addressed to the Ethics Advisory Board.

The Faculty of Medicine offers its doctoral researchers tailored advisory services and arbitration options.

Besides the Equal Opportunities Office, Leipzig Student Services also offers advisory and day-care services for doctoral candidates with children.

The International Centre assists doctoral researchers with preparing for research periods abroad and finding funding.

Advisory services for doctoral candidates are available from Leipzig Student Services in a collaborative project with the Faculty of Medicine. Individual consultations are possible with or without an appointment.

The University has appointed independent conciliators to mediate in conflict situations involving doctorates. They are bound to secrecy with respect to third parties and can be contacted for advice and mediation.

Leipzig University Library supports doctoral candidates in their research and publication work and offers them further services. Your free library card grants you a higher borrowing limit, a longer standard borrowing period and the option of borrowing non-circulating resources on a short-term basis. Workstations are available in the workroom for doctoral students and individual work booths for 12-month reservations at various locations. The University Library also offers special workshops for doctoral students and advises on topics such as open access and publication.

The University’s Department of Research Services is responsible for research funding and application advice, transfer, and our external funding service. Its staff offer a one-stop service from application advice to project completion, combining their expertise on the rules and regulations of the various funding institutions. The Department of Research Services provides detailed information, forms and agreement templates on the intranet.

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