Advice for doctoral students

Earning a doctoral degree is a prerequisite for employment in many professional fields nowadays. Depending on your area of study, a doctoral programme can take an average of two to five years to complete.

You can obtain assistance and advice concerning your doctoral ambitions at the following offices of the University of Münster:

Doctoral degree advice
Doctoral students can receive advice from the department or faculty, in which they are enrolled. The advisors for your subject can provide you with helpful information and assist you further.
Overview of study advisors [de]

Financial aid
The "SAFIR" office offers information on funding opportunities for doctoral students at the University of Münster.
Information on funding opportunities by SAFIR [de]
Guidelines on doctoral funding by SAFIR [de]
Each year the Rectorate allocates 50,000 euros to support Student Research Projects.
Office of Student Research Projects [de]

Graduate Centre
The Graduate Centre helps international doctoral candidates with enrolment procedures and can answer any questions you have related to doctoral study.
Visit the Graduate Centre

International Office
The International Office provides advice on research visits, teaching assignments and advanced qualification courses abroad.
Contact the International Office

International Centre "Die Brücke"
International doctoral students at the University of Münster can obtain advice and support at the International Centre "Die Brücke". The "Brücke" team regularly organises recreational activities for international students and doctoral candidates.
Visit the International Centre "Die Brücke"

Student Advice and Counselling Centre (ZSB)
The Student Advice and Counselling Centre (ZSB) of the University of Münster provides consultation in matters of career orientation following graduation.
Visit the Student Advice and Counselling Centre (ZSB) [de]

WiN – Women Academics on the Net
"Women Academics on the Net" (WiN) is an internet-based communication platform for women researchers and academics at the University of Münster.
Visit WiN – Women Academics on the Net [de]

Career Service
Advice on all matters related to career orientation
Visit the Career Service

Academic and personal advice
Subject-relevant and personal consultation is primarily offered by the supervising professors. With regard to networking and financing, the University's numerous research training groups [de] are especially helpful as they allow doctoral students from various disciplines to complete their dissertations as part of a coordinated research programme supervised by several university professors.