Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

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Referentin Internationale Forschung / Wissenschaftlermobilität

Universitätsring 19/20
06108 Halle (Saale)

postal address:
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
International Office / PhD Network
06099 Halle (Saale)

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phone: +49 345 55 21745

Universitätsring 19/20
06108 Halle (Saale)

postal address:
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
International Office
D-06099 Halle (Saale)

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The PhD Network offers many interesting events for international PhD students and postdocs.

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PhD Network Round Table

Our next round table will take place on Wednesday, 6th March 2024 from 7 pm at LUJAH    (Kleine Ulrichstr. 36).

If you are interested in attending, please send a short registration via email to We are looking forward to the evening!

Trips and other events

Periodically we offer excursions, seminars or other events for doctoral candidates and postdocs, by which we would like to give insights into the historical and cultural highlights and beautiful landscapes in and around Halle or into a topic relevant to your doctorate. Besides, these occasions are an opportunity to meet colleagues and friends and to enjoy some time out together. All events are announced with further details in our mailing list. Unless stated otherwise, registration takes place via the website Contactus. If you have any questions, please contact .

03.12.2023: Christmas party of the Georg-Forster-Haus

The team at Georg-Forster-Haus invites you to a Christmas potluck on Sunday, December 3, 2023. A small Christmas buffet will be provided. If you like, you are also invited to bring a little something for the buffet. The door of the "Christmas room" in Georg-Forster-Haus will be open for you from 3 pm.

Let's spend a lovely afternoon together, chatting, singing, celebrating and getting into the Christmas spirit!

When: Sunday, December 03, 2023, from 3 p.m.

Where: Georg-Forster-Haus (Emil-Abderhalden Straße 7A)

Would you like to take part? Then please send an e-mail to by 20.11.2023.

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08.12.2023: Visit of the "Schlossweihnacht in Merseburg"

The team of the International Encounter Center would like to invite you to visit the Schlossweihnacht in Merseburg together on Friday, 08.12.2023 and get in the mood for the cosy season. Christmas music will be played in the courtyard of the historic castle and the smell of mulled wine and roasted almonds will fill the air.

If you would like to take part, please contact by 27.11.2023 so that further details can be planned.

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Recommendations: Christmas Markets around Halle
bersicht_Christmas markets.pdf (417.4 KB)  vom 09.11.2023

08.10.2023: Brocken hiking tour

For our next excursion in October, we invite you to a hiking day on the Heinrich-Heine-Weg up to the Brocken. At a proud 1141 meters, the Brocken is the highest peak in Saxony-Anhalt. On October 8, 2023, we are looking forward to spending a sporty day with you and all other mystical figures that could be hiding in the fog of the Brocken at this time of year...

Short and sweet:

When? On Sunday, October 8, 2023

Where to? Ilsenburg: Heinrich-Heine-Weg to the Brocken peak in the Harz    mountain range

Means of transport? Train (#Deutschlandticket)

Meeting point and time? At 5.45 AM at Georg-Forster-Haus // 6.20 AM at central railway station in Halle

Trail? Heinrich-Heine-Weg, approx. 3 hours

Returning to Halle? In the afternoon around 4 or 5 PM, arriving in Halle at around 6 or 7 PM

Further information will follow upon registration.

Please let us know via e-mail () by September 25, 2023 if you want to participate in our hiking extravaganza.

19.09.2023: Enjoying late summer vibes

19.09.2023: Enjoying late summer vibes

We would like to enjoy the bliss of the last rays of this late summer`s golden sun with you. This is why we would like to warmly invite you to our cozy get-together on Tuesday, September 19, 2023. We would like to meet at Haus & Hof    after 4.30 PM to indulge in excellent cake, nibble on some snacks or refresh with some hop juice. Please let us know via e-mail () by September 15, 2023 if you want to join, so that we can inform the café about the exact number of people.

We are looking forward to spending a relaxed afternoon and evening with you!

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24 January 2023: Understanding your Payslip - Online-Workshop

If you work at the University of Halle with an employment contract, you will receive payslips at irregular intervals. Those payslips („Bezügemitteilung“) contain the calculation of your monthly gross remuneration and the characteristics on which it is based (grade, remuneration group, family allowance, bonuses, etc.). In addition to personal deductions, the salary statement also shows the net pay due after deduction of statutory levies (taxes, social security contributions). As a beneficiary, you should therefore be able to understand and check the calculation of your remuneration and the resulting transfers on the basis of the notifications. However, this is not easy and you have probably had questions while reading the payslips. You are not alone in this! That is why the International Office, together with the Human Resources Department, is offering a short training session on 24 January 2023 on how to read and understand the pay slip. The individual items of the document will be discussed, the tax class, health insurance and co. will be dealt with and of course you can ask questions.
The event will take place online via MLU Conf.

We kindly ask you to submit your questions in advance by email to by 17.01.2023.

Please register via the link below before 17th January 2023.

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2nd November 2022: PhD Network Welcome Event for the winter semester

For the start of the new semester, we invite all new and advanced doctoral students at MLU and research institutes in Halle to a get-to-know-you and information event. Information will be provided on the most important administrative steps when arriving in Halle and at MLU. There will also be room to ask questions and get to know each other.

If you would like to attend, please register as soon as possible, ideally by 28 October, so that we can plan better. Please indicate under "Remarks" whether you are at the beginning of your doctorate or are advanced.

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9th July 2022: PhD Network Summer Party

We are very happy to welcome the summer with you on Saturday evening, 09.07., in the Peißnitzhaus and to look back at the semester. On this evening you can meet new people, meet old acquaintances and toast together with a mixed buffet. The event will take place in the outdoor area of the Peißnitzhaus. The event will start at 18:00, dinner will be served at 18:30. The end of the event is planned for 22:00

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9th July 2022: Canoe Tour to Wettin

Together with you we would like to experience the beauty of the Saale and its riparian regions from a canoe. The first stage will take us from Halle along the Saale to the Café Saalekiez (located about halfway). There we can recharge our batteries to reach our destination Wettin. From Wettin a shuttle service will bring us back to Halle. In total, our canoe tour covers about 20 km. You do not need any previous experience in canoeing. We always paddle in pairs or threes in a canoe, so there is never anyone alone in a boat!

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14th May 2022: Hike in Naumburg and Surroundings

On Saturday, May 14th, we will hike from Naumburg to Leißling in  the  Saale-Unstrut-Region. The track will lead along the river Saale and  the  vineyards on the banks of river Unstrut. It is mostly flat and  about 16 km long. Highlights and rest areas are Goseck Castle (which  will be the  place for our lunch break) and the Solar Observatory. The  7000 year old  Solar Observatory of Goseck provides one of the earliest  archaeological evidences for systematic celestial observation!

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International Days from 9th to 14th May 2022

From 09 to 14 May 2022, we cordially invite you to the International Days at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, during which we offer a wide range of events.
For example, professors will report on their exciting international projects at MLU with DAAD funding. This event is aimed specifically at researchers and teachers who may later want to apply for funding themselves.
The majority of the events are aimed at students and highlight different aspects of stays abroad during studies. One event (in English) is also dedicated to research stays abroad during doctoral studies.
There will be a special event - also in English - on the topic of tenancy law for international members of our university.
The social component will not be neglected either: In addition to cosy pub evenings with German and international students, there will be a full-day English-language excursion for international doctoral students and postdocs on Saturday.

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23. April 2022: Trip to Dessau with Bauhaus guided tour

We would like to invite you on a journey to the historic city of Dessau, which is especially known for its fascinating Bauhaus architecture as well as breathtaking gardens. According to the Bauhaus homepage: "Dessau is the city with which the Bauhaus is most strongly associated. [...] All three Bauhaus directors Walter Gropius, Hannes Meyer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe left their mark on the Bauhaus in Dessau and almost all Bauhaus buildings that were created in Dessau are now considered icons of 20th century architecture." In addition to a one-hour English-language guided tour of the famous Bauhaus building, the excursion includes lunch together and a subsequent walk in the park.

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04. December 2021: Excursion to Erfurt with visit of the Christmas market [cancelled]

After a long time it is finally time again - the next excursion of the  PhD Network will be happening soon! This time we would like to invite  you to the capital of Thuringia, Erfurt. Erfurt is one of the oldest  cities in Germany and impresses with its charm and the old town. The  excursion includes a city tour in English. After the city tour, we will  have lunch together and then visit the Christmas market.

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November, 8 2021: Info Seminar on funding possibilities for the postdoctoral phase (part 1)

We cordially invite you to the information session of the International Office and Department 6.1 - Research funding and cooperation on November, 8 2021. The seminar will be face-to-face and addresses international doctoral candidates, who will finish their doctorate in the near future and postdoctoral researchers who have received their doctoral degree no longer than two years ago. The aim of the event is to inform amongst others about funding opportunities of the EU, DFG, DAAD for postdoctoral research stays abroad as well as for your own position in Germany.

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November, 9-10, 2021: Info Seminar on funding possibilities for the postdoctoral phase (part 2)

Part 2 is about Paid to research: How to prepare successful funding applications (2 days, online). You are cordially invited. Trainer will be Dr. Matteo Garvoglia. In this workshop, participants are helped to understand what evaluators are looking for when assessing an application, to think strategically about the formal and informal contacts that the applicant might entertain with the funding body in question, to explore how to “stick out” from the other applications, to account for variation in the requirements of different types of applications and, crucially, to prepare the structure underpinning the actual writing of their funding application.

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21. October 2021: International PhD Days 2021 (Part 1)

We cordially invite you to the International PhD Days 2021. The event will take place on October 21 and 22, 2021 and is organized by the International Office and the International Graduate Academy (InGrA). It is mainly aimed at doctoral candidates who have recently started their PhD at Martin Luther University and participation is worthwhile! You will have the opportunity to learn about important areas of the university and its support services during short presentations. In addition, the event offers the opportunity to meet new people and to  network: On Thursday evening, there will be a cozy get-together at the  Peißnitzhaus with food and drinks, to which you are also cordially  invited.

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22. October 2021: International PhD Days 2021 (Part 2)

On the second day of the International PhD Days 2021, two online workshops on "Starting your PhD in Germany" and "Building a sustainable schedule: Work-life balance, resilience, and managing stress" will be offered by Dr. Síofra McSherry, trainer and coach at Scienza Science Coaching. In the workshops, you will learn, among other things, which peculiarities there are to consider in the German academic system, what you need to pay attention to when working with your supervisor, and how to deal with difficult situations during your doctorate. The number of participants is limited to 16.

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27 and 28 October 2020: International PhD Days

We cordially invite you to the International PhD Days 2020 for doctoral  candidates and postdocs which will take place on October 27th and 28th  2020. In a variety of online workshops you can learn more about exciting  topics relevant to your doctoral studies and get to know important  areas of the university and its support services. Participation is  absolutely free. You can find the program and registration here.

A workshop on "Team Communication" will also be held as part of the PhD Days. As the number of participants is limited to 12, we ask for a separate registration.

25th of January 2020: PhD Network Excursion to Buchenwald/Weimar

On Saturday, 25 January 2020, we cordially invite you to visit the Buchenwald Memorial together with us. Buchenwald is one of the largest former concentration camps on German soil between 1937 and 1945.

Registrationperiod from 09.01.20 - 25.01.20.

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3rd of December 2019 International Christmas Party

We cordially to invite you all to this year`s Christmas party. It will take place on Tuesday, December 03, from 7:30pm in the "Hallischer Saal", Universitätsring 5 (1st floor). We are very much looking forward to a cosy evening with you, on which we would like to look back at the year together. Snacks and drinks will be provided and we have prepared a small program for you. We are looking forward to your participation on 3 December.

30th of November 2019

Excursion to Wernigerode: Guided city tour and visit of the christmas market.

Registrationperiod from 05.11.19 - 20.11.19.

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Info Seminar: Funding possibilities for the postdoctoral phase on 19th of November 2019

We cordially invite you to the information session of the International  Office and Department 6.1 - Research funding and cooperation on November  19th, 2019! The seminar addresses international doctoral candidates,  who will finish their doctorate in the near future and postdocs who have  received their doctoral degree not longer than two years ago.

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International PhD meeting on 23th of October 2019

At this year`s Welcome Meeting, we would like to welcome all new international doctoral and postdoctoral candidates to the Martin Luther University. We kindly ask you to register for this event. We look forward to meeting you!

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Working together for success! Peer mentoring (Workshop) on the 24th of October 2019

Peer Mentoring is the regular exchange about professional challenges with colleagues. Especially in the competitive environment of everyday scientific life, collegial exchange is an important space for reflection. Peer mentoring can be an important success factor in the professional development of one`s own professional role(s). The aim of the workshop is to enable the participants to advise each other  independently and solution-oriented on typical challenges of their everyday lives (e.g. doctorate, teaching, research). In addition, fixed groups are to be established that can meet in the future in a self-organised way for peer mentoring.

The workshop will be held in English language and is free of charge. The places in this workshop are limited and are assigned after the First-come-first-serve principle.

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26th of October 2019

PhD Network Excursion: Exploring the Unesco World Heritage City of Weimar

Registration period from September 26th 2019 until October 15th 2019

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29th of June 2019

Hiking tour through the Ilsetal (Harz)

Registrations between 09.05.19 - 16.06.19

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25th of May 2019

Excursion to Magdeburg: Visit of the Elbauenpark with millenium tower and guided tour through cathedral quarter.

Registrationperiod from 25.04.19 - 12.05.19

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27th of April 2019

Excursion to Dresden: Electromobility and historcial walking tour

Registration period from 04.04.19 - 21.04.19

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2nd of February 2019

Excursion to Leipzig: City of art and culture

Registrationperiod from 10th of January 2019 until 28th of January 2019.

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Hikes around Halle

Here you find an overview of hiking tours around Halle.
Hiking guide - Halle (Saale) .pdf (7.9 MB)  vom 26.10.2023

PhD Round Table

This open meeting invites all PhD students and postdocs from here and abroad to one of the bars and pubs in Halle's inner city. In an informal, relaxed setting you can share your experiences as an academic in Halle and get to know your colleagues from around the world. The PhD Stammtisch usually meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm in changing locations.


An overview of seminars provided by InGrA or MLU can be found at Courses for PhD students.

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