The Christoph Martin Wieland Graduate Forum

[Translate to English:] Christoph Martin Wieland Denkmal in Weimar

The Graduate Forum bundles the existing programmes, structures and units relating to junior researchers and ensures quality assurance across all institutions. It coordinates and supports the academic supervision of people interested in doing a doctorate, doctoral candidates and post-doctorals. At the same time, it serves to further develop doctoral formats and the promotion of graduates.

"Forum" stands for an open structure, able to continously respond to new challenges and developments:

  • for a higher quality of support for people interested in a doctorate, doctoral candidates and post-doctorals,
  • for optimal cooperation between the various agents involved in the graduate service at the University of Erfurt,
  • for a more targeted non-material and financial support,
  • for new formats of support and scientific supervision.

The forum consists of four levels:

  • the academic responsibility in the faculties or the Max-Weber-Kolleg and in the Graduate Centres at the university,
  • people interested in doing a doctorate, doctoral candidates and post-docs,
  • the various agents of graduate service and the Research and Graduate Services
  • the academic governance.

The committees of the academic governance advise the various academic institutions, the Senate and the Presidium.

The Academic Governance

The academic governance of the CMW Forum consists of:

as well as the Vice President for Research and Graduate Service as representative of the Presidium, the Head of the Research and Graduate Services, the Equal Opportunities Officer and the Diversity Officer.

The Forum Discussions


All doctoral candidates and post-doctorals at the university are invited to participate in the Forum Discussions, helping to improve the services in the field of graduate service. Here they will be informed by the Vice President for Research and Graduate Service about current topics of the Graduate Forum and they will be given the opportunity to contribute own fresh impetus to further development of graduate funding.

Dates: The forum discussions take place once a semester. If you would like to attend the Forum Discussions on a regular basis, we will be happy to send you an invitation. Please send an e-mail to

Please note the privacy policyfor the Forum Discussions (only available in German).

Doctoral Award

Doktorand mit Hut

The Doctoral Prize of the Christoph Martin Wieland Graduate Forum, which is awarded every two years since 2019, honours outstanding dissertations by young scientists submitted to the University of Erfurt, which are distinguished by their scientific excellence and research-relevant significance. One dissertation per faculty and the Max-Weber-Kolleg can be nominated. The award includes a prize money of 3,000 euros for the first place and 500 euros each for the second places and is donated by the University Society.The honouring will take place during a festive award ceremony.

Further information on dates, the award ceremony as well as previous winners and nominees can be found here.


The ombudsperson mediates in the event of conflicts and provides advice in other problems arising during the doctoral phase. They are an independent and neutral place to go for all doctoral candidates and supervisors at the University of Erfurt.

Holder of the Professorship for Ancient Culture
(Historisches Seminar)
Lehrgebäude 4 / room 136


Servicebüro (Team)
General enquiries Graduate Service
(Staff Unit Research and Graduate Services)