Doctoral Studies in Münster

Benefit from the stimulating atmosphere at the department and use the invaluable opportunity to learn from faculty and visitors, to collaborate and network.
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Together for a doctorate

The Cluster of Excellence offers an outstanding research profile and - as part of the Mathematics Münster Graduate School - excellent scientific training for doctoral researchers in mathematical fields to strengthen their competences for future career success. Professorial supervision ensures steady and focused development of the doctoral researcher's professional expertise and personal goals. The mentoring system encourages a transparent and open progress review. In addition, a range of seminars, lectures and events are offered to broaden the horizon regarding neighbouring mathematical fields.

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Apply for doctoral positions

Applications for doctoral positions in the MMGS will be announced in spring and autumn each year.

If you plan to do your doctoral research with one of the groups at the department, why not apply for one of our Ada Lovelace Fellowships, too? The selection of the fellows by the AfWiN (Committee on Research and Young Scientists) is based on the academic performance and grades which have already been achieved in the Bachelor's and Master's degree. The fellowship includes a 25% supplementary position for up to 3 years.


Mathematics Münster Graduate School (MMGS)

The MMGS is open to graduates pursuing a PhD in mathematics at the University of Münster and offers excellent research and teaching in numerous mathematical fields.

MMGS researchers profit from the amenities of the Cluster of Excellence, such as receiving funding for conference travel or summer schools, gaining opportunities to co-organise scientific events and participating in numerous networking opportunities and events.

The Mathematics Münster Graduate School (MMGS) was founded in June 2019. The MMGS is a joint graduate programme of the Cluster of Excellence “Mathematics Münster” and the mathematical institutes of the University of Münster.

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In addition to their scientific supervisor, who provides support on all aspects of the dissertation, each doctoral researcher chooses a mentor who can provide additional guidance in the doctoral researcher’s academic and personal development. Generally, the mentor will be another professor, but in exceptional cases, a postdoc may be chosen as mentor. The mentoring shall ensure the transparency of the doctoral process (e.g. through regular progress review meetings together with the supervisor and mentor) and helps to detect and solve potential difficulties and problems early on. In case of conflict situations, the mentor may offer support and act as a mediator.

Collaboration and Networking

The Young Mathematician Conference Network gives doctoral researchers and postdocs the opportunity to organise conferences and summer schools on their own responsibility, together with other doctoral researchers or postdocs. The Cluster supports the event financially and organisationally.

The Cluster provides travel funds for international collaborations and conference visits for all doctoral researchers. Funds can be applied for easily via the internal portal.

Visiting Doctoral Researchers: Investigators can invite excellent doctoral researchers for 1-6 months to Mathematics Münster for a joint research project, for scouting promising Postdocs or as part of dual supervision. The Clusters funds allowances for rental costs and travels. Application are to be submitted by host investigators through the internal portal.

Exchange of experience: MM Connect is the networking seminar for young researchers within the department and across working groups.

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Going Abroad: research stays for doctoral researchers

Doctoral researchers of Mathematics Münster have the opportunity to go abroad for up to 6 months for short intensive research stays, for in-depth collaborations on projects and to strengthen the international research networks. The Clusters funds allowances for living costs, travel, and if applicable tuition fees. Applications are to be submitted by the doctoral researchers including supporting statements of a Mathematics Münster investigator and of the host institution.

Math skills and soft skills

Lectures, advanced seminars, colloquia: Doctoral researchers and postdocs are specifically invited to the department's mathematical events as lecturers and participants. The lecture culture is an integral part of the exchange and expansion of knowledge.

Beyond maths: Mathematics Münster regularly hosts talks, seminars, and workshops on non-mathematical topics such as academic skills, career planning, equal opportunities and diversity, and knowledge transfer and science communication to complement the mathematical education and broaden the horizon.

Additional qualification and career planning: The University of Münster Graduate Centre offers a diverse programme which is divided into four modules: (1) academic work, (2) soft skills and interdisciplinary competences, (3) career planning and orientation and (4) networking - exchange - culture.

Higher education teaching: Offers of the Centre for Higher Education Teaching with course programmes and various advisory services, including competence enhancement for digital teaching-learning formats.

Third-party funding expertise: The SAFIR research funding advisory service advises and supports doctoral researchers and postdocs in the acquisition and strategic use of third-party funding.

Gender and Diversity

Further education measures at the University of Münster for female junior researchers.

"Women's Network": regular meetings of female professors and junior researchers.

Extension of employment contract during maternity leave or family-related leave possible.

One-person offices with suitable equipment for pregnant women and young parents.

Improved re-entry after family-related leave through additional travel and guest funds, SHK funds, etc.

Support for taking the child with you and for childcare during business trips.