Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies

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Our doctoral programme combines a structured and interdisciplinary course with intensive supervision. Our concept seeks to provide as much structure as necessary while allowing for as much academic freedom as possible as the Graduate School aims at enabling our students to develop their own independent research at an early stage. This finds expression in the Curriculum which includes both mandatory and optional elements.


Our courses give the students opportunities to enhance their theoretical and methodological knowledge, extend their research in their academic field and to exchange ideas with other academics. At the same time, the programme is designed to give enough time for individual, concentrated studies on the student's own dissertation project. Some of the general teaching events include theory and methodology seminars, colloquia and the summer school.

Study groups

The study groups are central to our doctoral programme. Like the Graduate School itself, these groups are interdisciplinary and focused around particular themes. One group comprises of approximately ten doctoral students and postdocs, and two members of teaching staff who lead the group.

International exchange

The Graduate School is a lively meeting place for established and junior researchers from Germany and abroad. We provide a forum for intensive discussions, concrete research projects and overarching theoretical and methodological questions relating to area studies.

An important point of international exchange is the summer school which we organises annually together with one of our partner universities.

The cooperation agreements with our partner universities facilitate the exchange of doctoral students. Our doctoral students can spend up to two semesters abroad. In addition to our partners, our doctoral students can also benefit from the extensive network of Erasmus partnerships of the LMU Munich and the Universität Regensburg. While staying at a foreign university, they use local libraries and archives and make contact with other researchers.

We support the cotutelle programme, in which a doctorate is awarded jointly by the LMU Munich or the Universität Regensburg and an international partner university.

Doctoral students at partner universities can apply to come on an exchange visit to Munich or Regensburg. Visiting students take part in our academic programme. Additionally, they benefit from the dynamic atmosphere surrounding research on Eastern and Southeastern Europe in Munich and Regensburg.

Moreover, international Visiting Fellows come to Munich and Regensburg, to make use of our extensive academic facilities and to engage in the academic dialogue.

Professional training

Alongside the academic qualification, we have created a mentoring programme and continuously organise career workshops to help our students developing the necessary skills to build a successful career, whether in academia or beyond it.

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