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University of Basel

PhD Services


You are interested in a doctorate at the University of Basel? Or you are a doctoral candidate at the University of Basel and you would like to get information about the existing offers and services? During the diss:kurs you have the opportunitiy to meet experts from different services and find more detailled information about the doctorate at the University of Basel.

Please visit the according services at the coffee corner on the 2nd floor at the Museum. Experts, young researcher or coordinators from various PhD programs will be available specifically during the coffee break or the ap:ero.

An overview of available services is available on this page.

The Welcone Center informs and assists PhD students on such non-academic, practical issues as living in Basel, formalities with local authorities, family or intercultural aspects and serves as a signpost to further services offered by the University.

Your contact is Tanja Popovic


The Transferable Skills Program offers different workshops to support researchers during their dissertation period and prepare for a professional career inside or outside of academia. 

Your contact is Sina Henrichs


The Global Perspectives Programme (GPP) informs doctoral students of all disciplines and postdoc researchers about developments and challenges of the global Higher Education and Research landscape. Participants, at the example of the US and Switzerland and within a one week long visit in each country, get to know Higher Education Institutions. Once a year, participants of all GPP years and persons interested in the programme meet for the GPP Annual Event in Basel.

Your contact is Erich Thaler


USING LANGUAGE COMPETENTELY TO COMMUNICATE YOUR RESEARCH - The Language Center offers a programme specifically designed for doctoral students and postdocs at the University of Basel. Not only does the programme comprise courses and workshops on academic / scientific writing, it is also aimed at the respective modalities of the natural sciences, and of the social sciences and humanities. In addition, an editing service that PhD candidates and postdocs can use, will be available from November 2015.

Your contact is Stephan Meyer


Eucor is a cross-border association of five French, German and Swiss universities in the Upper Rhine region. Students holding a Eucor student ID can attend classes and use the libraries and other facilities at the universities in Basel, Freiburg, Strasbourg, Mulhouse/Colmar and Karlsruhe without charge.

Your contact is Miriam Ronsdorf


The department of Training and Development supports all University staff in various workplace related questions. There are courses professionalising communication and leadership as well as individual or group coaching sessions. The coachings are confidential and help clarify in difficult situations as well as create practical solutions.

Your contact is Ariane Schnepf


Unitectra supports scientists in their collaborations with industry involving commercialization of research results and contractual matters.

Your contact is Peter Eckard, Daniel Gisi and Wolfgang Henggeler


University of Basel alumni retain a lifelong connection with one another. Special events and services ensure that alumniare able to remain in contact with each other and with their university.

Your contact is Bettina Volz


The unit for Educational Technologies (BBiT) is a university-wide counselling service for eEducation and both physical and virtual learning environments. Apart from professional trainings, the BBiT offers individual consulting for the implementation of educational technologies and collaborative tools.

Your contact is Benjamin Eugster


Research Professional helps young researchers with finding funding opportunities and fellowships. The database contains funding opportunities from over 8’000 funding institutions and companies. You can access the database directly from the University network. You have the opportunity to create a personal account and benefit from further features such as  personalized searchers and alerts.

Your contact is> Anita Soltermann


antelope it is aimed at highly qualified female doctoral students from all faculties. Over a 10-month period, the program supports junior female scientists through tailored training and coaching sessions as well as expert exchanges to systematically plan and promote their careers and prepare them for future leadership and management assignments.

Your contacts are Andrea Bauer and Patricia Zweifel.


The web pages found under family services present the current services on offer for balancing studies, career and family at the university and in the two supporting cantons of Basel-Landschaft and Basel-Stadt. For information and advice, the team in the Equal Opportunities Office will be happy to assist you.

Your contact is Beate Böckem.


The Career Service Center University of Basel supports students and doctoral students in choosing the right career entry, and prepares them for the transition to the working environment. They can come to us with any question about their career – we provide information, training, contacts, offering our career services and individual counseling.

Your contact is Birgit Mueller.


The Assistants’ Association of the University of Basel (avuba) represents the academic, professional and education policy interests of teaching and research assistants, both within the University and when dealing with authorities and the general public.

Your contact is Patricia Eiche.


To increase the internationalisation, networking and  career opportunities of young talents, the Vice Rectorate for Research provides advice and support to PhD students who would like to pursue a double doctorate, being jointly supervised at the University of Basel and another university abroad within the European Higher Education Area and Israel.

Your contact is Manuela Rossini.


Mit den Advanced Studies (Weiterbildungsstudiengänge und –kurse) holen sich Personen mit Universitätsabschluss die Zusatzqualifikationen, welche sie fit machen für die Berufspraxis.

Ihr Ansprechpartner ist das Team der Advanced Studies.


The Career Advancement supports young researchers in their academic career by providing information, different career funding possibilities and career advice and events.

Your contacts are Agnes Hess, Franziska Spycher und Mariafranca Tassielli.

The Center of Excellence in Evaluation is the contact point for the specific design and process optimisation of evaluations. The goal is to create a culture where quality is developed and assured independently. The centre therefore advises the rectorate, the faculties and the administration and is further committed to growing knowledge and qualification. It provides junior lecturers with various qualification formats for independently conducting and utilising course evaluations.

Your contact is Christine Meyer Richli.

The University Library Basel is the oldest secular library in Switzerland. With its millions of scientific publications both in print and electronic format and its wide range of important databases, like “Web of  Science” and “Scopus” it is an indispensable knowledge base for students of all levels from bachelor to PhD and the whole academic staff. Within the university’s training program the University Library offers a wide range of courses in the fields  of reference management, for citation analysis and for electronic publishing in Open Access media.

Your contact is Cornelia Eitel.


The Learning and Teaching Unit of the University of Basel supports PhD students to get started in teaching. To be prepared for an international accademic career PhD students have the opportunity to achieve an international teaching qualification.

Your contacts are Gerhild Tesak and Vera Roth.


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