The Doctoral Representatives for the Research Academy Leipzig (RA-Doc) represent the doctoral researchers in our structured doctoral programmes. The PhD Candidates’ Council (ProRat) is the official university committee that represents the interests of all doctoral researchers at Leipzig University. The International Doctoral Initiative provides a network for all international doctoral researchers.

Various committees and initiatives at Leipzig University ensure that doctoral researchers have opportunities to network and can participate in decision-making. Photo: Swen Reichhold
Various committees and initiatives at Leipzig University ensure that doctoral researchers have opportunities to network and can participate in decision-making. Photo: Swen Reichhold

Doctoral Representatives for the Research Academy Leipzig

Each class at the Research Academy Leipzig has at least one representative. This representative serves as a liaison between the doctoral researchers and the academic coordinators and spokespersons. A small number of these representatives are then elected to serve as Doctoral Representatives for the Research Academy Leipzig (RA-Doc). The spokesperson for the Doctoral Representatives for the Research Academy Leipzig has a seat on the Board of Directors.

Our main task is to promote networking between the classes in order to identify common interests the doctoral researchers have that go beyond their subject area and to be able to represent doctoral researchers at the university level.

Leipzig Doctoral Representatives
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Max Grellmann

Doctoral Representative for the Research Academy Leipzig

Technikum Analytikum
Linnéstraße 3, Room 417
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-36476

PhD Candidates' Council

As the official committee for doctoral researchers at Leipzig University, the PhD Candidates’ Council (ProRat) ensures representation of the interests of all doctoral researchers at the University.

Along with representing the doctoral researchers at Leipzig University both internally and externally, the responsibilities of the PhD Candidates’ Council include the following:

  • representing the interests of doctoral researchers in higher education policy;
  • advising and providing individual support during all phases of doctoral studies;
  • distributing information and organising continuing education programmes for doctoral researchers; and
  • providing opportunities for doctoral researchers to network with doctoral researchers from other subjects and other higher education institutions.

International Doctoral Initiative

The International Doctoral Initiative at our university was founded in 2005 as an association of international doctoral researchers. The aim is to promote exchange between international doctoral researchers, strengthen social networks, support academic development, and provide opportunity for doctoral researchers to have fun and make new friends. 

The Initiative regularly organises cultural, social and academic events for international doctoral researchers at our university and is there to help out in any way they can. 

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