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Center for Graduate Studies (CGS)

University of Wuppertal

Grifflenberg Campus
Room P.08.12/13
Gaußstr. 20
42119 Wuppertal
Phone: +49 (0) 202 439-2702

Office Hours 

Tue: 14:00 - 16:30
Wed: 14:00 - 16:30
Thu: 10:00 - 12:30

CGS profile

CGS regulations (in German)

The Center for Graduate Studies (CGS) was set up by the University of Wuppertal at the beginning of the summer semester 2007 to coordinate research training activities across all faculties and to improve the working environment and conditions for doctoral and postdoc students. A long-term goal is to cut the average time spent on writing doctoral theses and to increase the number of doctorates awarded at UW.

In pursuit of these goals CGS

  • coordinates all UW research training activities
  • provides backup for faculties and departments in acquiring external funding for research training and support
  • develops innovative concepts for structured programs aimed at new target groups
  • provides support and advice with scholarship applications for students interested in pursuing a doctorate as well as current UW doctoral students
  • advises and assists examination boards with the revision of doctoral degree regulations
  • offers continuing and advanced training programs for doctoral students as well as UW faculty and academic staff
  • develops doctoral courses and workshops tailored to the requirements of specialist groups
  • offers postdocs the opportunity to play an active part in research training by advising working groups and/or leading seminars in the program
  • offers career guidance, including opportunities for key qualification training parallel to doctoral studies
  • actively works to increase the number of women doctoral students in areas where they are under-represented
  • promotes interdisciplinary working groups to encourage exchange of ideas and networking between doctoral students and postdocs
  • provides organizational and financial support in planning and completing research projects and activities initiated by doctoral students – e.g. conferences, workshops and working groups, as well as lecture and publication projects.