Helpful tips to prepare your stay
Are you interested in doing your doctorate at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) or are you looking for support offers for international doctoral and postdoctoral researchers? Here you will find an overview of helpful information to prepare your research stay in the heart of the Ruhr Area.
Please note that the Dean's Offices and professors of the faculties are your first point of contact for all organisational and subject-related questions. In addition, the International Office's Welcome Service supports you in preparing and carrying out your stay at the UDE.
Information and Services: Doctoral Studys
On this page you will find a lot of information on doctoral studies (procedure, enrolment, requirements etc.) at the University of Duisburg-Essen as well as tips for finding a supervisor and financing your PhD.
Please note: Doctoral applicants are responsible for finding their own academic supervisor and proposing a research topic. Here you will find information about the main research areas and the faculties of the UDE. If your suggested research topic is accepted, your supervisor will send the letter of acceptance and your certificates to the International Office. If you are not writing your thesis in German, you also need a written confirmation from the doctoral board of the relevant department as to which language the thesis is to be written in.
Information and Services: Postdoctoral Researchers
Prior to any period spent abroad it's natural that you will have many professional, financial and organisational questions about your visit. To help you prepare and to give you a reference during your stay in Germany, the UDE has compiled a handbook filled with information on visas, insurance and even activities in the region.
General information and services
At GC Plus, we bundle information on early career support at the UDE, e.g. on topics such as financing the doctorate, announcements and scholarships, qualification and counselling services, career paths inside academia and beyond, structured doctoral programmes at the UDE, or contact persons in the faculties. You're most welcome to contact us with your questions or to take part in our interdisciplinary qualification programmes (we strive to offer courses in English on a regular basis).
Further services at our university
Good to know!
The website of "Research in Germany - Land of Ideas" with its extensive range of information provides an initial introduction to the German research landscape. It offers information on the following topics: doctorates in Germany, career opportunities for postdoctoral researchers and experienced researchers, funding opportunities for international researchers, research institutions in Germany, up-to-date research news.
Are you interested in pursuing a research career in Germany? The portal "Research in Germany" offers helpful information about career and funding opportunities for international researchers.
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