About the Research Academy  

About the
Research Academy


Research Academy Leipzig

Structure of the Research Academy (see also pdf in documents)

International Postgraduate Qualification

Leipzig University is combining all structured doctoral training programmes in its faculty-spanning Research Academy Leipzig, established in 2006.

The Research Academy’s main concern is creating an outstanding environment that provides sound scholarly and research-oriented qualification to young researchers. The Academy's qualification offers take the form of a three-part structure:

In addition to specialised qualification through the PhD programmes, an interdisciplinary qualification programme called "Transferable Skills" is also offered. The third part consists of conferences, summer schools and liaising meetings that, among other things, promote exchange with structured doctoral programmes at other universities.

This means that the Research Academy not only provides the optimum interdisciplinary infrastructure, but also treads a path which goes beyond the conventional models of structured doctoral training in forming learning communities as an “experiment in joint understanding” in an intergenerational exchange between renowned leading researchers and highly motivated and qualified postgraduate students. In other words, in collaboration with the Centre for Advanced Studies, the Research Academy is reviving the classical idea of the Academy.

Core assignments include recruiting young researchers, providing extensive counselling for foreign PhD candidates, financial support, and guaranteeing and innovatively developing equal-opportunity measures.
Leipzig was one of the first universities in Germany that established such an umbrella organisation for doctoral qualifications. But, even beyond its location, the Research Academy Leipzig has committed itself to structured doctoral training as a founding member of the “German University Association of Advanced Graduate Training (GUAT)‟ and even hosted its opening conference in February of 2010.

The Research Academy Leipzig includes three Graduate Centres with a total of 19 postgraduate degree programmes:

Graduate Centre Mathematics / Computer Science and Natural Sciences
Graduate Centre Life Sciences
Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences


Statutes of the Research Academy Leipzig (as of 12 October 2012, in German only)

Structure of the Research Academy Leipzig

Conceptual Frame of the Research Academy Leipzig(in German only)

Equal-Opportunity Programme of the Research Academy Leipzig(in German only)

Annual Report of the Research Academy (2014)(in German only)

Template for the Evaluation of Classes(in German only)

Supervisions Agreement

Template Supervision Agreement

Directorate of the Research Academy

Prof. Dr. Matthias Schwarz, Vice Rector for Research and Young Academics

Board of Directors:
Prof. Dr. Manfred Droste (Graduate Centre Mathematics / Computer Science and Natural Sciences)
Prof. Dr. Andreas Reichenbach (Graduate Centre Life Science)
Prof. Dr. Matthias Middell (Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences)

Prof. Dr. Martin Schlegel (Head of the Leibniz-Programme)

Prof. Dr. Verena Klemm (Faculty for History, Arts and Oriental Studies)

Prof. Dr. Hendrik Schneider (Faculty of Law)

Prof. Dr. Marius Grundmann (Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences)

Doctoral Representative:

André Heber

Structured Doctoral Qualification Programmes

Currently, the Research Academy consists of the following classes:

Graduate Centre Mathematics / Computer Science and Natural Sciences
Graduate School "Building with Molecules and Nano-objects (BuildMoNa)"
International Postgraduate Programme "Interdisciplinary Research at the Frontiers of Chemistry"
International Max Planck Research School "Mathematics in the Sciences"
International Research Training Group "Diffusion in Porous Materials"
German-French Graduate College "Statistical Physics of Complex Systems"
Integrated Research Training Group "Polymers – Random Coils and beyond"
Research Training Group "Quantitative Logics and Automata"
Leipzig Graduate School on Clouds, Aerosols and Radiation

Graduate Centre Life Sciences
International Max Planck Research School "Human Origins"
International Max Planck Research School "Neuroscience of Communication: Function, Structure and Plasticity (NeuroCom)"
Research Training Group "Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cellular Neuroscience (InterNeuro)"
Research Training Group "Function of Attention in Cognition"
Integrated Research Training Group "Protein Science"
Integrated Research Training Group "Matrix Engineering"
MD/PhD-Programme of the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Biology, Pharmacy and Psychology
Integrated Research Training Group "Obesity Mechanisms"
Helmholtz Research School for Ecosystem Services under Changing Land-use and Climate ESCALATE
Young Biodiversity Research Training Group - yDiv

Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences
Research Training Group "Religious Nonconformism and Cultural Dynamics"
Postgraduate Programme "Cultural Exchange: Classical Studies, Historical and Ethnological Perspectives"
Postgraduate Programme "German as a Foreign Language/Transcultural German Studies"
Central-German Doctoral Program Economics
Secularisations: Configurations and Developmental Paths
RegAWa: Regionale Anpassung an globalen Wandel
Graduate School "Global and Area Studies" mit den Bereichen:
International Postgraduate Programme "Transnationalisation and Regionalisation from the 18th Century to the Present"
Research Training Group "Critical Junctures of Globalisation"
The New Europe
Eastcentral Europe in Transnational Perspective
Global and Area Studies - Peace and Security in Africa

Academic Advisory Board of the Research Academy Leipzig

The Academic Advisory Board evaluates the academic activities of the Research Academy. It receives the annual report of the directorate and makes recommendations on future developments of the Research Academy.


  • Prof. Dr. Manfred Salmhofer (Universität Heidelberg)
  • Prof. Dr. Julia Fischer (Universität Göttingen)
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Geyer (University of Chicago)
  • Dr. Henrike Hartmann (Volkswagen Stiftung)
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Scherrer (Universität Graz)
  • Prof. Bernhard Englitz (Donders Institut Nijmegen)

last update: 28.10.2016 

Contact Research Academy

Vice-Rector for Research and Young Academics
Prof. Dr. Matthias Schwarz

Bärbel Lochner
Burgstraße 21
04109  Leipzig

Phone:  +49 341 97-32350
Fax:  +49 341 97-30239
PB intern: 341001