Center for Graduate Studies


The Center for Graduate Studies (CGS) is a central organizational unit of the University of Wuppertal (UW). It serves as a contact point for students interested in pursuing a doctorate, and supports the research activities of UW doctoral students. Reflecting the profile of UW's interdisciplinary research centers the CGS is a cross-faculty body.

CGS offers UW doctoral students courses and workshops designed for specialist training and the acquisition of key career qualifications. It promotes interdisciplinary working groups and encourages the exchange of ideas and networking between doctoral students. Guest lectures, method workshops and other academic projects can be set up and implemented with the financial and organizational support of CGS: financial support for specific projects can be applied for directly from CGS. The establishment of a university-wide alumni network for doctoral students providing contacts, as well as support for career entry, is one of the goals of CGS.

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  • How can I finance my doctorate?

Information on this and other questions about doctoral study at UW (doctoral degree regulations, financial sources etc.) as well as details of courses and events in the current semester, doctoral study guides and further links can be found on our website.

If you have any questions about doctoral study at UW please feel free to contact our team personally via e-mail (zgs[at] or telephone
(+49 202 439-2702), or visit us at UW's Grifflenberg Campus (Building P, Floor 08, Room 13).

We are looking forward to helping you!

CGS Board

The CGS board comprises nine representatives of the various groups (professors, postdocs, doctoral students) participating in the work of the Center.


Prof. Dr. Roy Sommer (FK 1), Director

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schneider (FK 3), Deputy Director

Prof. Dr. Maria Behrens (FK 2)

Prof. Dr. Jens Hornbostel (FK 4)

Prof. Dr. Fabian Kessl (FK 2)

Prof. Dr. Natascha Müller (FK 1)

Postdocs' representative

Dr. Antonius Weixler (FK 1)

Doctoral students' representatives

Paulina Lehmkuhl (FK 1)

Pia Rojahn (FK 2)

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