Counseling and Information for Doctoral Candidates

Graduates who are interested in doctoral studies at Trier University can find counseling and information at various contact points.

Doctorate – Yes? No? What do I need to be aware of?

The main contact for those interested in doctoral studies is the Graduate Center of Trier University (GUT), which provides information on its website about the various aspects that are relevant for a doctorate and is happy to personally advise you with information and tips about planning a doctorate. You can also find help making the decision “Doctorate: yes or no?” in the manual “Doing your doctorate. Making conscious decisions and getting off to a good start.” in cooperation with the QualitätsZirkel Promotion. All technical and individual agreements (as well as a supervision agreement, if applicable) are made directly with the respective supervisor.

The Scholarship Advisory Service helps you to find funding opportunities for your doctoral studies.


Doctoral candidates who are planning to stay abroad during their doctorate can get advice on programs and funding opportunities in the International Office.


If you are seeking continuing education and qualification for your teaching skills during your doctoral studies, please get in touch with the Centre for University Didactics .

Female graduates & master students who are interested in a doctorate will find additional support with the decision or the preparation for this phase in the mentoring programm of the Equal Opportunity Unit.

Knowledge Transfer and Business Startups

The Knowledge Transfer and Startup Service supports the university’s cooperation with businesses and society. It offers support for the funding of application-oriented research, the initiation of cooperation with businesses and society and for business startups.

Balancing Academic Qualification with Work and/or Family

Trier University is committed to supporting its members in balancing university tasks with family responsibility. Family constellations are as diverse as the questions and support needs that can arise if the various areas of life are to be properly balanced. The Trier University Family Office is the central point of contact for all questions related to balancing academic goals with work/family. It offers personal counseling and support for all members of Trier University on combining studies, academic qualifications and/or work with family. You can find information on the support offered in the Family Information Portal.

Formalities / Registration / Enrollment

Doctoral procedures and examination requirements are specified in the doctoral regulations of the faculties (Fachbereiche). In order to be accepted for a doctorate at Trier University, you must first find a topic and a supervisor and then register for the doctorate in the dean's office of the respective faculty. In addition, you can enroll as a doctoral student in the Admission Office.