“The Individual Writing Assistance is indispensable for international PhD students who write their dissertation in German. I have benefited from constructive advice and suggestions on stylistic aspects which has facilitated the writing process and improved the quality of my dissertation.”
--  Fengju Tao

“The Teaching Assistantship is a valuable experience offering international PhD students the unique opportunity to become familiar with the ins and outs of academic teaching in Germany. The scholarship gave me the chance to gain inside knowledge in the activities of my department and to thus be even better integrated in the academic team.”
--Milena Belosevic

Individual Support for International PhD Students

In cooperation with the Graduate Centre and the Equal Opportunity Office of Trier University, the International Office provides a wide range of individual support for international PhD students. These include, for example, individual writing assistance, teaching and research assistantships, and scholarships for the completion of your dissertation.

Individual Writing Assistance

Writing your PhD in German can be particularly challenging. Therefore, we offer Individual writing assistance for international PhD students whose native language is not German. International PhD students form a pair with a German native speaker, who will then assist with the correction of the dissertation draft. This furthermore helps to improve your language skills and helps to avoid delays due to time-intensive linguistic revisions and corrections. The individual writing assistance is offered jointly by the International Office and the International Graduate Centre and is financed with funds from the STIBET programme by the DAAD.

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching-assistantships allow excellent international PhD students to gain teaching experience at Trier University. The scholars have the opportunity to assist their supervisors or other professors with a lecture. Alternatively, they can also offer tutorials for German and/or international students. The teaching-assistanceships are granted jointly by the International Office and the International Graduate Centre and are financed with funds from the STIBET programme by the DAAD.

Scholarships for the Completion of the PhD

The primary objective of a scholarship for the completion of the dissertation is to financially support international PhD students in the final stage of their doctoral degree. By providing financial support during this intensive phase of the dissertation, the scholarships allow PhD students to focus on the completion of their dissertation only. The scholarships are granted jointly by the International Office and the Graduate Centre of Trier University and are financed by funds from the DAAD dissertation aid.

Mentoring – Career Planning for Female Academics

The mentoring programme Career Planning for Female Doctoral Candidates offers a formalized platform for the exchange of experience in the domain of individual career development. The programme addresses female academics who would like to actively shape their career, who would like to explore and exploit their resources and who are interested in exchanging perspective and new impulses. Female academics from abroad are also welcome to apply for the mentoring programme.

The core element of this programme is a one-to-one mentoring relationship with a person, who has extensive experience in the fields of academia, science management, economy, administration, politics, etc. The modular structure of this programme comprises the mentoring relationship, professional training measures (usually in German) and opportunities for networking.

Research Assistantships

Research assistantships are granted to outstanding international doctoral students to provide them with the opportunity to work on selected research projects with their doctoral supervisor or other academics within their field. The aim of this instrument is to integrate PhD students in research processes and networks within their discipline and to support them in gaining further qualification and experience.