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Junior Researchers

Supporting Early-stage Researchers

Albertus Magnus Center

The university-wide Albertus Magnus Graduate Center (AMGC) was founded in 2014. It supports the establishment of internationally recognized quality standards in the training of doctoral researchers at the University of Cologne. At the same time, it is sensitive toward the different procedures and cultures that guide the doctoral process in different disciplines and at the UoC’s Faculties. This applies to the UoC-funded graduate schools as well as the graduate schools established with non-university partners, externally funded graduate schools, as well as external, non-campus-based doctoral candidates. 

The Albertus Magnus Center (AMC) was founded in 2018. It joins both the activities of the AMGC and the Postdoc Program. Further information can be found here.


The Albertus Magnus Center brings together a wealth of key supporting facilities and services that are already successfully established at the UoC. The responsibilities of the AMC include:

  • establishing a quality management system for doctorates at the UoC (structured programs and individual doctorates)

  • advising the Faculty-wide or discipline-specific graduate schools before the application, during the implementation phase, and beyond

  • developing a needs-based, non-academic qualification program for doctoral candidates in collaboration with the various institutions of the UoC

  • providing a central data and information portal

  • Introduction of registration tool for PhD-candidates „docfile

  • promoting regular exchange between the different doctoral programs and the AMC, among other things on the joint development of solutions and best practice processes

  • promoting interaction and networking among doctoral candidates

  • welcoming and integrating newcomers in cooperation with the UoC’s graduate programs and the Welcome Centre

  • raising additional funds, e.g., for short-term or mobility grants in cooperation with the institutions of the UoC