Acceptance to the units of the Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences is based on a formal written application to the Centre and the collective decision of the board of the unit concerned.

The selection process is based on the excellence of the applicants and the availability of qualified supervision by professors at Leipzig University. Prerequisites for acceptance include above average grades in a Master’s degree as well as a thematically appropriate PhD proposal.

As the Graduate Centre is internationally oriented, applications from abroad are very much welcome. Leipzig University openly strives for increased female participation and the Graduate Centre particularly encourages women to apply. The Graduate Centre is using a standardized central application procedure and a common application form. The decision upon applications rests on the individual units, which is why application deadlines as well as selection procedures might differ from unit to unit.


Please find information on specific criteria and deadlines on the website of the unit you would like to apply for. 

Please find the application form with information on the documents to submit here:

Your application, mentioning the specific programme you apply for, should be sent to:

Universität Leipzig
Graduiertenzentrum Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften
Emil-Fuchs-Str. 1
04105 Leipzig