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Structured doctoral programs at Faculty of Natural Sciences III

24. Jul 2023

Helmholtz Interdisciplinary Graduate School for Environmental Research (HIGRADE)

Written by

spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Karin Frank, coordinator: Dr. Daniel Kaping (funding since 2007)

The “Helmholtz Interdisciplinary GRADuate School for Environmental Research (HIGRADE)” provides a coherent framework for qualifying new generations of internationally competitive doctoral researchers in the field of environmental science. The aim is to prepare doctoral researchers at the UFZ for careers in a range of environmental fields, i.e. for taking over leading positions in research, management and policy, technology development, or consulting and education. [read more]


  • Leipzig University
  • Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
  • HTWK Leipzig
  • TU Dresden
  • FSU Jena
  • Perdue University

22. Jan 2020

IPK Graduate Program

Written by

spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Nicolaus von Wirén, coordinator: Dr. Britt Leps

Doctoral students from over 30 countries are engaged in research aiming to improve crop plants. Their work is focused on enhancing adaptation to drought and high temperature, strengthening host resistance to a number of diseases, bolstering the plants‘ capacity to take up nutrients and water from the soil, and generally increasing crop productivity. [read more]

The graduate school is part of Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK). It is one of the world’s leading international institutions in the field of plant genetics and crop science. Its research programme and services contribute materially to conserving, exploring and exploiting crop diversity. Its research goals are driven by the need to ensure an efficient and sustainable supply of food, energy and raw materials, thereby addressing a major global ecological challenge. website


  • Universität Göttingen
  • Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
  • Julius Kühn-Institut, Quedlinburg
  • Hochschule Anhalt
  • Hochschule Harz
  • Max-Planck-Institut für molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie, Golm
  • National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Tsukuba, Japan

10. Jan 2020

IAMO Graduate School

Written by

spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Thomas Herzfeld, coordinator: Dr. Franziska Schaft 

Internationally oriented research in agricultural and food economics and exchange of ideas between academic, business, and political communities are in the focus. Main research areas are policies and institutions, natural resource use, livelihoods in rural areas, organization of agriculture and agricultural value chains.

IAMO Graduate School (IGS) offers an international working environment for doctoral researchers who want to advance their doctoral studies in a structured yet flexible program in the field of agricultural and food economics. An excellent research infrastructure, close individual supervision, challenging activities in an international and interdisciplinary research community and tailored training offer optimal conditions for a doctorate. [read more]


  • Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

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