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International doctoral researchers (PhD candidates)

The Graduate Center supports international doctoral researchers by offering individual advice, transferable skills training, and networking opportunities in English. It also offers a platform to make many other international programs within the TU Dortmund University visible to incoming doctoral researchers.

Services of the Graduate Center

The Graduate Center supports international doctoral researchers by providing advice, transferable skills training, and networking. 

  • Counselling: From preparing for a doctorate to career planning after graduation – of course, we can provide all our advice in English. We focus on the needs of international doctoral researchers and the peculiar features of the German academic and doctoral system.
  • Transferable skills training: About half of the transferable skills workshops at the Graduate Center are held in English. The trainers are generally internationally experienced and address the specific challenges of international doctoral researchers.
  • Networking: We regularly organize networking formats such as DocDay or DocNet in English. An important concern of the Graduate Center is to bring together international and German doctoral researchers and thus promote a common community on campus.
IBZ building surrounded by trees against blue sky. H-Bahn on the right. © Roland Baege​/​TU Dortmund
The International Meeting Center (IBZ) at the northern campus of TU Dortmund University.

Research Academy Ruhr

International doctoral researchers who have already submitted their dissertation are eligible to apply for the Research Explorer Ruhr program.

Research Explorer Ruhr offers international (post)doctoral researchers a fully funded stay at one of the UA Ruhr universities for two weeks. During this time, they can establish contacts to professors and lay the groundwork for a joint third-party funding proposal.