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Welcome to the website of the Graduate Center of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities!

The Graduate Center of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities (GKW) is an academic institution that provides services for prospective and current doctoral candidates, postdocs, and junior professors. The specific tasks of the Graduate Center are defined in its bylaws (only available in German). The GKW is managed by a board of directors.

Are you interested in pursuing a doctorate at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities? Are you a postdoc and would like to network within the faculty? Anda-Lisa Harmening will be happy to advise you.

You are already doing a doctorate and would like to take advantage of further education opportunities? Please have a look at our calendar of events.

If you are an international doctoral candidate or postdoc, please contact Anke Riebau for advice. She also offers consultation on stays abroad during the doctoral or postdoc phase.

You are a junior professor and would like to prepare for the applications for (tenured) professorships? We are happy to arrange contacts in our faculty.

Ways of communication:         

You will receive all relevant information for your status group once a week via the status group mailing list for doctoral candidates, postdocs and junior professors. If you wish to join one of these groups, please send your request to gradz(at)kw.uni-paderborn(dot)de.


About us

The Graduate Center of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities (GKW), founded in 2021, is an academic institution of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Its events and programs are directed at prospective doctoral candidates, PhD candidates, postdocs, and junior professors.

Members of the GKW include all doctoral students, postdocs, junior professors and lecturers as well as all academic staff of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

The GKW is led by a board of directors and supervised by an executive board.

The GKW thrives on the participation of those who research and teach together at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. At the same time, it is particularly important to the GKW to offer networking opportunities to "external" and international junior academics of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, who are pursuing further qualifications without being located close to or working at our faculty. The GKW aims to support them in completing their doctoral studies and in successfully concluding their research projects.

The GKW understands the doctoral and postdoctoral phases as phases of independent and autonomous research. Thus, the services offered by the GKW to graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities primarily serve to support junior academics in achieving the goals they have defined in agreement with their doctoral supervisors.

The latter also applies to research and qualification goals as well as to further career goals. The consultations offered and/or arranged by the GKW therefore also focus on professional activities outside academia that succeed academic qualifications.

The GKW is connected to the other graduate centers at Paderborn University through the Jenny Aloni Center for Early-Career Researchers.

Furthermore, the GKW maintains a close partnership with the Graduate Forum of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities (GFKW) (only available in German), which represents the independent interests of graduate students. The Graduate Forum represents university policy concerns in cooperation with the faculty's Mittelbau Initiative (non-professorial teaching staff) (only available in German).

Regarding formal matters, the final phase of the PhD process is supervised by the Promotionsausschuss (PhD Board) of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Regular Events

Find Information about the events of the Graduate Center. We have also listed these in our event calendar (only available in German).

Interdisciplinary Studies of the Paderborn Graduate Center for Arts and Humanities

Edited by Sabiene Autsch, Andrea Becher, Volker Peckhaus and Jochen Schmidt.

The new series "Interdisciplinary Studies of the Paderborn Graduate Center for Arts and Humanities" considers research that has been produced in the context of the Graduate Center of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Paderborn University (GKW). Each volume presents the epistemological potential of interdisciplinary work based on research findings. In this context, interdisciplinarity is not merely understood as the compilation of research findings from different disciplinary perspectives. Rather, it brings these perspectives into relation, thereby broadening horizons. The series seeks to stand at the intersection of academic research and reflection on one's own academic practice by focusing on the distinct features of one's own disciplinary perspective and knowledge culture. The aim of the series is to provide a platform that is open to various approaches within interdisciplinary cultural studies.

Requests for publication should be addressed to the editors.

Clearing House

The Graduate Center of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities has established a Clearing House, whose members are elected by the Faculty Council. The Clearing House members are available to the members of the Graduate Center as contact persons. They provide advice and support the Graduate Center members in finding solutions to problems concerning cooperation with university lecturers and the further academic qualification of postgraduates. Find further information on the website of the Clearing House.

Board of directors

The Graduate Center of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities is directed by a board of directors. Find the current members of the board of directors.


The Graduate Center team supports the realization of all services offered by the Graduate Center of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

General Assemblies

The statutes of the GKW specify that a general assembly is to be held at least once a year. To find out who is a member of the GKW and which meeting dates have already been set, please refer to the page on general assemblies.


The Graduate Center of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities cooperates with several institutions at Paderborn University, for instance by initiating joint offers/events for postgraduates. Find out more about our network partners.

Current GKW events
  • 14.06.2023, 6-7:30 p.m.: Online meeting on pursuing a doctorate alongside a career. You can find more information in the event poster (only available in German).
  • 11.07.2023, 1-2pm: Digital general meeting of the Graduate Center KW by zoom, further registration is not needed.

Please register at gradz(at)kw.uni-paderborn(dot)de

lecture series KWIR

This summer semester 2023, you are invited to attend the lecture series "KW im Dialog - Eine Anstiftung zum transdisziplinären Dialog" on transdisciplinary dialogue in the Cultural Studies. Find more information (only available in German) on the lecture series and its contents. Please note that the lecture series is held in German.

Wir suchen eine SHK/WHB für unser Team!

Hiermit möchten wir Sie auf eine Stellenausschreibung des Graduiertenzentrums aufmerksam machen.


Subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date with Graduate Center news regarding events, deadlines, and calls for proposals.

Event Calendar

Our event calendar (only available in German) features all Paderborn University events for graduates. Events are sorted by target audience. For more information, take a look at the user notes (only available in German).

Graduate Center Flyer

Find the current Graduate Center flyer:

Download as PDF.

The flyer is only available in German.

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