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The Forschungszentrum Jülich cooperates with a variety of universities to enable doctoral researchers to graduate. They can be supervised and work in Jülich for their thesis. However, the Forschungszentrum itself cannot grant the doctoral degree as the institutions that have the right to do so in Germany are the universities. Within the universities the thematically differently aligned faculties are responsible for handling of the doctoral procedure.

This means that all doctoral researchers who work at the Forschungszentrum Jülich also need to apply for admission at a university faculty in order to be able to graduate. The following figure outlines the major steps of the common formal process of a doctoral research project conducted at the Forschungszentrum Jülich

doctoral process

Each faculty can have its own doctoral regulations and requirements. The acceptance as a doctoral researcher must be applied for individually and can take up to several months at some faculties. In some cases, doctoral researchers are required to take additional training courses e.g. because they graduated from an institution outside of Germany or they completed their master degree in another subject. That is why it is crucial to get informed and to contact the respective faculty at an early stage of the doctoral project. The registration is the responsibility of the doctoral researcher and should always be discussed with the supervisor. The supervisor should also support the process whenever necessary.

Advantages of an early registration commonly are that all in the project involved persons can be certain that the formal requirements at this stage are fulfilled and that the faculty supports the doctoral project.
This helps to avoid self-inflicted delays in the further formal process. Additionally, after the registration at the faculty doctoral researchers can enrol at the university to profit from the semester ticket and they usually gain access to the university graduate centers that offer a variety of services.

Frequent university partners and faculties for doctoral projects at the Forschungszentrum Jülich are listed below including links to detailed information about their doctoral regulations, workflows and central service points. Please always make sure yourself that you work with the latest documents and version of the doctoral regulations that apply to you.

RWTH Aachen UniversityCenter for Doctoral Studies
Faculty 1 - Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural SciencesOffice for doctoral studies
Faculty 4 - Mechanical Engineering

Doctoral Studies

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Faculty 5 - Georesources and Materials EngineeringDoctoral Studies
Faculty 6 - Electrical Engineering and Information TechnologyGeneral information on PhD
Faculty 10 - MedicineDoctorate
University of CologneAlbertus Magnus Center for Early Career Reseachers
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural SciencesDoctoral candidates (mostly in German)
Faculty of MedicineDoctorate
Heinrich Heine Universität DüsseldorfHeine Research Academies
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Doctoral Research


Medical FacultyGraduiertenzentrum
(mostly in German)
University of BonnBonn Graduate Center
Faculty of Agriculture

Procedure for a doctorate

Theodor-Brinkmann-Graduate School

Faculty of Mathematics
and Natural Sciences (in German)
Promotionsbüro (in German)
Faculty of Medicine (in German)Promotion (in German)
TU DortmundFaculty 2 - Physics (in German)Promotion (in German)