Welcome to the Graduate Program at the IPK Gatersleben

About us

The Graduate Program at the Leibniz Institute for Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research in Gatersleben was established within the framework of the [link]Leibniz Graduate School “Yield Formation in cereals-overcoming yield-limiting factors”, in cooperation with the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Faculties of Natural Sciences I & III on basis of the WGL Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation – 2012. By refining and expanding the existing PhD program at IPK, the IPK Graduate Program offers motivated students or junior scientists the possibility to prepare for their PhD exam in a 3-4 year structured program providing excellent research conditions.

The IPK Graduate Program is also associated with the [link]INGRA in Halle/ Wittenberg.

The doctoral degree will be granted by collaborating universities. The overall majority of the PhD students gain their doctorate with the Martin-Luther University Halle Wittenberg (MLU), Faculty I or III of Natural Sciences. Individual doctorate procedures are also completed with various faculties at the Universities in Jena, Heidelberg, Greifswald, Kassel or Kiel.




Within the framework of the program, a mutual responsibility is established between the PhD student and her/his supervisor for all phases of qualification leading to the doctorate. The IPK Graduate Program forms the basis for a target-oriented and structured progression of the PhD work and doctoral study. Within the program PhD students will receive a wide range of technical and subject-scientific support as well as personal assistance. The support and assistance aims to foster young scientists by promoting scientific excellence and personal competence. The goal is to recognize individual potentials and to provide knowledge, skills and qualifications preparing best for a successful professional career. The program is designed to enable PhD students to pursue the goals, to support scientific independence and to ensure the quality of the scientific work within the framework of the doctoral study.

       to provide the basis for a target-oriented and structured progression of the doctoral study

       to offer a wider range of technical and scientific support as well as personal assistance

       to ensure a high quality of scientific work within the framework of the doctoral study

       to establish a mutual responsibility between the PhD student and the supervisor

       to better recognize the individual potential and to adapt training and educational needs to individual skills and qualifications

       to promote besides scientific excellence also personal competences