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Establishment of Classes

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The Research Academy Leipzig advises professors interested in establishing programme classes. Applications for establishing a structure programme classes for doctoral researchers can be submitted by interested groups of professors. Eligible programmes must be interdisciplinary in scope, adhere to the quality assurance standard of the Research Academy, and meet the basic standards established by the Graduate Centre for doctoral qualification. Programme classes are established for 4 to 5 years and can receive an extension for an additional 4 to 5 years.

Criteria for establishing a programme class:

  • a research programme
  • a qualification programme
  • a supervision plan
  • a procedure for selecting doctoral researchers
  • a financing plan (funding for doctoral researchers as well as for materials and infrastructure, etc.)


As a rule, approval of funding is contingent upon a positive evaluation of the above-listed criteria by external reviewers.

In accordance with § 6, sec. 1 of the Statutes of the Research Academy Leipzig, the Directorate of the Academy is responsible for decisions concerning the establishment, modification, and closure of programme classes.

The Research Academy Leipzig Team looks forward to assisting you.