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Graduate Institute

PhD Supervisors

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Are you currently supervising a doctorate or have you done so in the recent past?

A membership in the Graduate Institute offers lots of benefits for PhD supervisors. Professorial members can take part in workshops to acquire additional, interdisciplinary competencies in order to supervise doctoral students competently and deal with popular challenges and obstacles. The Graduate Institute focuses in particular on opportunities to strengthen soft skills. Members can also network with each other and make new professional contacts via the PK NRW.

Your membership also has advantages for your doctoral students:

If both you and your PhD student are members of the Graduate Institute, doctoral students can

  • apply for a grant to reimburse travel costs.
  • apply for a subsidy for the reimbursement of open access fees.
  • apply for a writing grant.

The application form for professors to become members of the Graduate Institute is available in the LEA course H-BRS Graduate Institute.

You do not yet have access to the LEA course? Then please contact the office by e-mail ( so that we can send you the application form.

You do not currently supervise doctoral students but are interested in becoming a member?

Professors who are not currently supervising a doctoral project can also join the Graduate Institute as an associate member. They remain informed about our activities via our e-mail distribution list and can participate in workshops.

Membership in the PK NRW

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The doctoral college was founded in December 2020 and, as a central organisational unit of the universities of applied sciences in North Rhine-Westphalia (HAW), is to facilitate independent doctoral procedures and the awarding of the doctoral degree in the future. 

As a professorial member

  • you enable your doctoral students to choose between a cooperative doctorate and a doctorate via the PK NRW
  • you can network productively with researchers from other HAWs
  • your membership in the Graduate Institute of the H-BRS is automatically renewed as well

Contact Point

Contact Graduate Institute


Sankt Augustin


F423 , F425, F427


Grantham-Allee 20

53757, Sankt Augustin

Opening hours

Mondays to Fridays: 9am-1pm by telephone or on campus with prior appointment