The WWU Graduate Centre offers individual advice services for doctoral candidates and postdocs in all cross-disciplinary aspects, e.g. the organisation of the doctoral study. We also advise you in conflict situations.
General advice is offered by Dr. Jan Schmidt.
Please email or phone beforehand to arrange an appointment:
+49 251 83-23112.
International Doctoral Candidates
International doctoral candidates can seek advice from Ms. Sabine Schneider. In most cases the advisory services are offered virtually (e-mail or zoom) or via phone. In some cases it is possible to meet in person in the office or for a walk and talk session.
Please set an appointment by writing an email to:
Further advice services are offered by our partners at the WWU
Equal Opportunity Office
The Equal Opportunity Office promotes and implements the University's gender equality policy, which involves a range of activities at organisational and individual level. The Office develops and supports gender equality projects, cooperates with partners inside and outside of the University, promotes study/work/family reconciliation, and helps individuals by providing financial support or offering advice. Click here for more information.
Childcare Allowance for Student Parents: Cap on the funding amount has been lifted!
Further information on the Studi-Kidz-Zuschuss can be found here.
Careers Service provides a wide range of seminars, information sessions and advice services. The aim is to help students, doctoral candidates and graduates develop their professional profile, gain work experience and reflect on it, make contacts with employers, and learn job application strategies. Current programme may be found here [en].
Academic Staff Council
The Academic Staf Council (PRwissWWU) represents the interests of approximately 6700 academic employees at the WWU on the basis of the Landespersonalvertretungsgesetz (LPVG NRW). The employees encompass academic salaried employees, civil servants, research assistants, teaching staff for special tasks (LfbA) and lecturers with a teaching load of 4 SWS or more. We are involved in personnel matters such as: hiring, contract changes, termination, grouping, transfer within the department, rejection of an application for part-time employment or leave. The PRwissWWU takes care of employees' complaints, problems and questions about their employment relationship in an independent and strictly confidential manner. The same applies to conflicts in relationships of dependence that might characterise qualification positions. We will be happy to advise you or put you in touch with other competent contacts. Click here for more information.
PhD representatives support doctoral candidates in all disciplines at the University of Münster on diverse issues, such as funding or supervision challenges. Representatives organise informal networking events for doctoral candidates. Click here for more information (in German language).
SAFIR Research Funding Support
SAFIR is the central point of contact for all questions regarding research funding. It advises researchers at the University of Münster on funding opportunities for doctoral projects as well as for research projects from the postdoc phase onwards. You can obtain advice on how to submit an application, have your applications formally reviewed, and receive application strategy feedback upon request. In addition to individual consultation, SAFIR regularly offers events on research funding. Click here for more information.
Family Service Office
Family Service Office supports you in achieving balance between academic work and family. For further information, click here [de].
The Welcome Centre is the main advisory and service office for internationally mobile researchers, offering support in several languages before, during and after a stay at the University of Münster. Its guest houses are the ideal place to stay upon arrival in Münster. Click here for more information.
Student Advice and Counselling Centre (ZSB) – Psychological Couselling
The Student Advice and Counselling Centre (ZSB) offers free counselling and support to WWU students and doctoral candidates who are feeling overwhelmed by the current academic situation or have indirectly related problems which are adversely affecting their state of mind, quality of life and, by extension, their academic progress. More information here.
Centre for Teaching in Higher Education (ZHL)
The Centre for Teaching in Higher Education (ZHL) is a central facility and research institute of the University of Münster. ZHL provides advanced qualification in higher education didactics for all WWU faculty members. ZHL services include a programme of courses, consultation and information. More information here.