The Graduate Academy

Organisational Structure

The Otto-von-Guericke Graduate Academy was founded in May 2010 and is a central scientific institution under the responsibility of the rectorate and represented by the vice president for research.

The Graduate Academy and its office are led by the scientific director, while the activities are coordinated by the scientific coordinator Dr. Barbara Witter (contact).

One central organ of the Graduate Academy is the advisory board. It consists of  the director, representatives of all faculties, the PhD representatives and the coordinator. Once per semester, the advisory board meets to discuss and decide about all issues concerning the basics and further development of the Graduate Academy.

Once per semester, the director of the Graduate Academy, representatives of all faculties, PhD representatives and the coordinator of the Graduate Academy meet to discuss and decide about all issues concerning the basics and further development of the Graduate Academy.

Protocols of the meetings of the advisory board of the Graduate Academy (School; in German)



The Graduate Academy considers itself as a service institution for doctoral students and postdocs. It aims to structure and support doctorates and postdoctoral careers at this university through:

  • general and technical trainings (workshops, events etc.)
  • guidance offers
  • improvement of activities for the scientific and social infrastructure
  • networking with non-university (research) institutions, esp. in the setting of Otto von Guericke University and the universities of Saxony-Anhalt
  • interdisciplinary cooperation with the different faculties for mutual research projects
  • the promotion of equal opportunities for men and women (increasing the percentage of women, support of doctoral students and postdocs with families).

Additional Links

Statutes of the Otto-von-Guericke Graduate Academy (effective 5/2017)

Internal Regulations


Working papers of the GraduateAcademy

Minimum requirements for Advanced Graduate Training (in German)

Recommendations of the Graduate School for the doctorate regulations at OVGU

Recommendations for the Content of Supervision Interviews


recommendations for the handling of doctoral thesis defences during the COVID19 pandemic

All over Germany there are projects to reform the doctorate path in the country. Learn more about the initiatives.

Last Modification: 08.09.2020 - Contact Person: Dr. Barbara Witter