The Research Academy Leipzig provides advice and information to professors who would like to establish structured doctoral programmes for doctoral researchers.

Groups of researchers can set up structured doctoral programmes for doctoral researchers at Leipzig University. Photo: Swen Reichhold
Groups of researchers can set up structured doctoral programmes for doctoral researchers at Leipzig University. Photo: Swen Reichhold


As a group of researchers, you can establish a structured doctoral programme for doctoral researchers at our university. Your programme must adhere to the criteria for interdisciplinary studies, our Quality Assurance Plan and the principles developed at the Graduate Centre for doctoral programmes. If you are interested in establishing an externally funded graduate programme (e.g. a DFG Research Training Group or an Integrated Research Training Group), please contact the respective Graduate Centre to request approval.

For a graduate programme to be established, it must include the following:

  • a research programme
  • a skills development programme
  • a supervision plan
  • a selection procedure for doctoral researchers
  • a funding plan (funding for doctoral researchers as well as for material resources, infrastructure and the like)

Decisions on establishing, modifying and discontinuing graduate programmes shall be made by the Board of Directors according to Paragraph 6, Section 1 of the Research Academy Leipzig Regulations.
If you have any questions regarding the establishment of graduate programmes, please contact Viola Gründemann.

Pilot Project for Graduate Groups

In order to provide even better support for doctoral researchers at Leipzig University, the Research Academy Leipzig launched a pilot project for graduate groups in 2019. Graduate groups are alliances of professors and doctoral researchers from different disciplines whose aim is to establish a structured doctoral programme.

In order to form a graduate group, at least three professors must work together on an interdisciplinary topic and develop a specialized research and skills development programme. This programme should prepare doctoral researchers for research beyond their own subject area and include a colloquium organised by the graduate group, lectures and other events organised by the supervisors and doctoral researchers, and reading groups organised by the doctoral researchers, as well as interdisciplinary workshops at the Research Academy Leipzig (e.g. on good scientific practice or research data management).

A supervision agreement between the supervisor and doctoral researchers is mandatory, as is the case in all of our graduate programmes. This is one way that the Research Academy Leipzig ensures quality assurance of the doctoral programmes at our university. In addition, the doctoral researchers in the graduate groups can take advantage of the services at the Research Academy Leipzig; for example, they can apply for travel allowances or be nominated for a doctoral prize.

If you have any questions about establishing a graduate group, please contact Viola Gründemann.

To date, the following graduate groups have been established at our university and joined the Research Academy Leipzig:

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