About the Graduate Center

The University Board, the faculties, professors, coordinators of doctoral programmes and representatives of doctoral candidates have jointly defined the objectives and the organisational structure of the Graduate Center. It is the aim of the Graduate Center to secure a framework for high-quality doctorates at Kiel University in cooperation with the faculties and the doctoral candidates.

On a wider regional level Kiel University is a member of UniWIND, an alliance of different universities to improve the training of young academics in Germany. These universities have implemented joint networks to support doctoral candidates and to improve the doctorate.

The Graduate Center is a central unit of Kiel University. Together the University Board, the faculties, the interdisciplinary doctoral programmes and the doctoral candidates form the Executive Committee. The Advisory Board has its main function in advising the Executive Committee. There is also an office.

The Graduate Center does not process applications for doctoral projects. Persons interested in pursuing a doctorate at Kiel University are advised to contact potential supervisors directly and introduce themselves and their project.

Here you can find the statutes of the Graduate Center.

Support provided by the Graduate Center:

Interdisciplinary qualifications



Doctorate teams

Time desks

Specific support for doctoral candidates from abroad

Furthermore, the Graduate Center disseminates helpful information on offers and support at Kiel University and from external institutions.

If you have any questions please contact the Graduate Center’s office here.