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The GraduateCenterLMU and other institutions offer individual advice on various topics that may be relevant for those interested in doctoral studies and for doctoral candidates.

Comprehensive information on doing a doctorate at LMU Munich can also be found under Doctoral Studies and under Career (including information on initial orientation).


At the GraduateCenterLMU you can get individual advice on doctoral studies at LMU Munich. The focus is on non subject-specific issues of a doctorate.

Topics for Consultation

Consultation may address, for example, the following topics:

  • Orientation and first steps towards a doctorate at LMU Munich
  • Decision-making
  • Time and Self-Management
  • Challenges in relation to supervision
  • Preparation for difficult conversations, dealing with conflictual situations
  • Developing vistas for professional and personal perspectives (career/life path)

Important Information

  • Information on admission requirements for a doctorate can be obtained from the examination offices of the faculties.
  • If you have any questions on specific doctoral programs, please contact the coordinator / managing director of the respective program directly.
  • Due to capacity constraints, we unfortunately cannot offer individual scholarship advice for doctoral candidates.

Formats of Consultation

Doctoral candidates who wish individual consultation on non-subject-specific issues of a doctorate should use our contact form (please specify your questions).

Different formats of personal consultation are offered according to the different demands. The talks take place in a confidential setting. Discretion is of course guaranteed.

Consultation hours

Walk-in consultation hours are on Tuesdays from 10:00 to 11:00 am, beginning June 13, 2023 (Leopoldstraße 30, 5th floor). Prior registration is not required. (Cancellation of consultation hours will be announced on this webpage.)

Individually arranged appointments

To make an appointment, please use our contact form. We will then contact you.

Systemic coaching

The GraduateCenterLMU also offers individual coaching. In the coaching sessions, you will be supported in identifying your personal goals, developing options for achieving your goals and planning your next steps.

For support in situations perceived as conflictual, we offer to analyse the current situation and the associated challenges jointly in a conversation. Based on this, possible options for action and solution strategies can be developed. This service is aligned with proven concepts of conflict coaching and mediation.


International Affairs 

By signing the National Code of Conduct on Foreign Students at German Universities, LMU Munich has committed itself to providing international students with high-quality academic, language and social support, advice and counseling.

LMU Gateway offers international doctoral candidates information and support on topics as "Preparing your move", "First steps after arrival" and "Living in Munich".

International doctoral candidates can also make use of the services offered by the International Office.



By signing the Diversity Charter, LMU Munich has committed itself to a culture of mutual respect and regard for the diversity of all its members.

The Diversity Management acts as a central interface for all services and activities relating to diversity at the university.

Where advice or counseling is required, doctoral candidates who are enrolled at the university can make use of the broad advisory network offered by the Munich Student Union.

Furthermore, there are various counseling centers and professionals who can provide information and support on a range of subjects.


Doctoral candidates who are enrolled at the university can turn to the Office for Disability Services for advice and support or to the University Representative for Students with Disabilities.

Doctoral candidates employed by the university can turn to the Representative for the Disabled (Vertrauensperson der Beschäftigten mit Behinderung).

Equal Opportunities, Family

The University Women's Representative is responsible for preventing discrimination against female academics, lecturers and students, and for supporting the university in ensuring men and women are offered equal opportunities. The university women's representative is supported by Women's Representatives of the faculties.

The Student Parent Office provides students and enrolled doctoral candidates with information on how to combine family life and studying.

The LMU Family Service offers advice to LMU staff and helps them find suitable childcare.


The Office for Disability Services offers information on teaching students with disabilities.

PROFiL, a teacher training program, offers specialized seminars on various aspects of diversity in teaching.

The University Women's Representative organizes a series of seminars on the subject of "Gender and Diversity in Teaching", which covers aspects of gender equity in teaching.


Conflicts and Crises

Before or while writing a dissertation, doctoral candidates may face uncertainties, problems, conflicts or crises. In such situations, they can make use of a wide range of services which provide information, counseling and support.

Depending on the issue in question, doctoral candidates can turn to their supervisor, their faculty or the respective doctorate board, the Conflict Resolution Officers or the Ombudsperson for Self-Regulation in Science.

For support in situations perceived as conflictual, the GraduateCenterLMU also offers to analyse the current situation and the associated challenges jointly in a conversation.

In the event of conflicts or crises, doctoral candidates who are enrolled at the university can also apply to the advisory network offered by the Munich Student Union. Doctoral candidates who are employed by the university can contact the In-house Medical Services, which offers counseling, coaching, crisis intervention, mediation and moderation.

The Munich counseling center BEFORE offers consultation and support for people confronted by discrimination, racism and right-wing violence.

Information on sexual harassment and an overview of counseling centers that students and staff can contact can be found on the Women's University Representative's website. Once a month, the women's representative offers an open consultation together with the counseling center "Frauennotruf München".