The CEPLAS Graduate School offers a structured 3-year doctoral programme that is jointly organised by the Universities of Düsseldorf and Cologne, the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research and the Forschungszentrum Jülich, all located in the Cologne/Düsseldorf area. Ph.D. students admitted to the programme work in one (or sometimes two) of the CEPLAS member laboratories on a topic related to the CEPLAS research programme. CEPLAS doctoral researchers benefit from comprehensive training programmes that address their academic as well as career development aspirations and needs.
Kumari Billakurthi (Member of the CEPLAS Graduate School):
"I feel privileged to take part in CEPLAS. The graduate school is very well structured and organized. A close collaboration between the institutions and regular meetings among multidisciplinary research groups offers a perfect platform for young researchers to exchange their ideas and to interact with scientific experts. CEPLAS also creates equal opportunity to women and international students as well."
Elia Stahl (Former member of CEPLAS Graduate School, Graduation in June 2016):
"CEPLAS gave me the opportunity to work focused on a three years Ph.D project with the benefit from the combined expertise of the whole cluster and the scientific training program."
Anna Matuszyńska (Former member of CEPLAS Graduate School, Graduation Nov 2016):
"PhD is a hot period at the beginning of your scientific career. Big challenges, huge expectations, steep learning curve, staring of building your scientific network. CEPLAS gives me the opportunity to meet top scientists in the field and at the same time exchange ideas and reflections on my work with other students, providing everything a PhD student needs during the first years of the scientific career."