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Next Excursion 03 November 2018

On november 3rd we will discover Romanesque Road while walking from Schkopau to Merseburg. Furthermore, we will visit the cathedral, the historical old town and Merseburg´s underground.

International PhD Meeting 2018 and Seminar "Team communication" – Registration deadlie extended!

We cordially invite you to this year’s Welcome Meeting “International PhD-Meeting 2018” on October 12, 2018. Registration is possible until October 11.

The deadline for the workshop “Team Communication” whas been extended to October 8, 2018.

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Winter semester 2018/19: German language courses for international doctoral candidates, postdocs and their partners

In the upcoming semester, the PhD Network will German language  courses at levels A1 to C1 for international doctoral candidates, postdocs  and their partners. The classes are run by experienced teachers and take  place twice a week in the evening.

More information on the courses and registration:

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English language consultation

Many international doctoral candidates write their dissertation in English. However, English is not necessarily your mother tongue. This may mean an additional challenge on top of your scientific research. The PhD Network will again be offering an English language consultation with an English native speaker this semester.

Using excerpts  of your work, our consultant will point out frequent linguistic errors and make  suggestions for a better style of writing.

The consultations will take place from April to July 2018 in the rooms of the International Office twice per month from 3 pm till 5.30 pm.

Last date in Summer Semester 2018: 17.07.


To reserve a slot,  please send an email to and  indicate your preferred consultation day and time(s). You are asked to submit an  excerpt of 4-5 pages of the work you would like to have checked, 1 week before  the consultation. If you have any specific questions, we can also pass those on  to the consultant.

Call for proposals: Grants for foreign female students at the final stage of their PhD

Call for proposals: Grants for foreign female students at the final stage of their PhD

The Prorectorate for Structure and Strategic Development awards grants for female PhD students of the Martin-Luther-University, starting 1st October 2018. Financial support is only possible for foreign female students for up to 6 months; an extension for up to additional 6 months can be possible in serious cases of hardship.

At the time of application, candidates are required to be at the final stage of their PhD and they must be enrolled as students at the Martin-Luther-University. Their stay must be temporary for the purpose of their PhD studies, with existential insecurity towards the final stage of their PhD (for example because of a contract or grant expiring). Also, it is required that the candidate performed well and the completion of the PhD thesis is realistic within the period of support. A supporting statement of the PhD advisor must be included in the application.

The deadline for applications is 22th June 2018, and applications should be made to:

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Prorektorat für Struktur und strategische Entwicklung

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Auhagen

06099 Halle

Find more information here.

Next excursion on 30 June 2018

Gentle hiking trip in the Saale-Unstrut-Region

Registration between 30 May and 27 June 2018 via Contactus

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Next excursion on 21 April 2018

A proper look at: Jena

Registration between 4 and 15 April 2018 via Contactus

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Deadline extended: Registration for the German language courses for international doctoral candidates and postdocs in the summer term 2018 open now!

We are glad that in the upcoming summer term 2018 we will again be able to offer five German language courses from level A1 to level C1.

Deadline extended: Registration is possible until March 15th, 2018. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Read more and register here.

Next excursion on 27 January 2018

Region of Contrasts: Industry and Film Museum Wolfen and Baroque lifestyle at Delitzsch Castle

Registration between 11 and 18 January 2018 via Contactus

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Call for applications: PhD Finalisation Grants and Teaching/Research Assistantships 2018 (deadline: 15 January 2018)

PhD Finalisation Grants have the objective of ensuring that international doctoral candidates who are suffering hardships through no fault of their own can complete their PhDs within the given timeframe. The grant is 400 € per month for a period of up to 6 months. Find out more here.

  • Grants for female candidates are also available from the Rectorate for Structure and Strategic Development, with 20 January as the deadline. See here for details.

Students with a Teaching or Research Assistantship (TA/RAs) support research or teaching by providing courses for students, supervision of student projects, by collecting and analyzing data or preparing publications and conference contributions. Assistantships may help to partially cover the living costs of the doctoral candidates. Find out more here.

New Guide for Doctoral Candidates

We are happy to announce Halle University has a new bilingual Guide for Doctoral Candidates!
You can download it here or you can pick up a hard copy in the Internatioal Office during office hours.
The Guide contains useful basics to obtain a doctorate at MLU, advisory and support services offered at the University and many information about living in Halle.

IMPORTANT: Changes in health insurance for Doctoral Candidates with a scholarship from Non-EU/Agreement States

Since the end of last year, it has become almost impossible for scholars from Non-EU/Agreement States to get a statutory insurance in Germany. Mehr   

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