Der PromovierendenRat

The PhD Candidates' Council at Leipzig University

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Counseling for PhD candidates and students interested in starting a PhD programme      

The ProRat offers a wide range of information for doctoral candidates before and during their PhD. Once a month the ProRat offers an open counseling. Upon announcement, doctoral candidates can drop by the office (Wächterstraße 30, Room 101) and ask their questions about thesis writing or anything related.  You are welcome to address your questions and problems via e-mail as well.

The University of Leipzig formally instituted a mediation body to resolve legal conflicts between PhD candidates and their supervisors. The mediators treat all issues confidential and are sworn to secrecy towards third parties.

Bi-national Doctoral Programme (Cotutelle de thèse)

The so-called Cotutelle procedure enables a PhD study with a bi-national supervision, which means the doctoral thesis project is passed at a German university as well as at a foreign university. A successful Bi-national Doctorale Programme leads to a (single) degree of doctor, which is awarded by both involved universities conjointly.

As the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz already expressed, a Bi-national Doctorale Programme is particularly interesting for those doctoral students, who wish to

  • Secure their academic links to both participating countries,
  • Decide at a later date which country they would like to work in,
  • Continue in bi-national fields of work, or
  • Maintain a research focus that is strongly connected to the other country.

The Research Academy Leipzig established several binational doctral Programmes. However PhD candidates can set up individual cooperation treaties with a foreign university of their choice.

Anyone who wants to know more about the Bi-national Doctorale Programmes (advantages, experiences, procedure, financing etc.) may write his questions directly via e-mail or/and ask for an individual appointment.

Also, the PhD Candidates’ Council (ProRat) at Leipzig University offers an information sheet with a quick overview on the most important aspects.

Further information

DAAD: Information on PhD and research in Germany

European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers

Get a PhD at Leipzig University

International Doctoral Initiative at Leipzig University

International job offers for researchers (AAA of Leipzig University)

Research in Germany (information in 9 languages provided by German administration)

Transferable Skills / ELSYS (Research Academy Leipzig)