For doctoral researchers: Registering, applying and enrolling

The Act on Higher Education of the Land of Baden-Württemberg (Landeshochschulgesetz, LHG) stipulates that all doctoral degree students must be registered and matriculated. The new doctoral degree regulations implement these requirements.

In order to study for a doctoral degree at the University of Stuttgart, you must be accepted as a doctoral researcher and enroll as a doctoral student.

The following steps need to be taken:

  1. Formal registration with C@MPUS (entry of your data)
  2. Submission of the application documents to GRADUS
  3. After you have been accepted as a doctoral researcher: Enrollment (official membership of the University of Stuttgart)


As a doctoral student at the University of Stuttgart, you are obliged to register in the data management system C@MPUS when you sign the agreement on doctoral studies. By registering in C@MPUS, your personal data and your previous study history will be recorded for the processing of your application by GRADUS. At the same time, you can find out about the processing status of your application for acceptance as a doctoral student land complete your enrollment at a later date. 

You can find detailed information on how to register in the instructions registration, application for acceptance, enrollment of doctoral students.

Application for acceptance

Upon registration in C@MPUS, please complete the data for your doctoral project and print out the application for acceptance as a doctoral student. Sign it and submit it to GRADUS along with the following documents:

  • Signed agreement on doctoral studies with: Work plan and timetable and information on your individual qualification program
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Final documents:
    • Master's degree certificate and transcript including grades or
    • diploma certificate and transcript,
    • Magister degree certificate and transcript, or
    • a state examination certificate and transcript.

Applicants who graduated from the University of Stuttgart are required to submit simple copies.

Applicants who obtained their degree at other colleges or universities are required to submit certified copies.

Applicants with foreign degree must submit both the Master's and Bachelor's certificates and transcripts. If the university degree documents are not in German or English, they must be accompanied by officially certified translations of all documents.

Applications should be sent to:
Universität Stuttgart
Graduierten-Akademie GRADUS
Pfaffenwaldring 5c
70569 Stuttgart

Alternatively, you can drop your documents in the large letterbox in front of the Student House at the same address.

If you are not sure what information to include in your application for admission as a doctoral student, please discuss this with your supervisor. If you have any organisational questions regarding registration, application and enrollment, please contact Simone Hawlitschek (responsible for letters: A - L) or Rabia Boztepe-Burgert (responsible for letters: M - Z) by e-mail.

The office hours are as follows
Wednesdays from 9.00 to 12.00.
Room 5.015
House of Students
Pfaffenwaldring 5c

Good to know: GRADUS will examine your application and forward it to the faculty in which you wish to do your doctorate. The decision on your application will be made by the doctoral committee responsible for you. As the doctoral committees usually only meet three times a semester, this may take some time. Please be patient: the faculty will contact you as soon as a decision has been made.



After receiving the letter of acceptance from the doctoral committee, you are obliged to enroll according to the State Higher Education Act. To do this, you must upload the letter of acceptance in your C@MPUS account.

As a full-time employee of the University of Stuttgart, you have the option of deciding against enrollment. If you wish to do so, please complete and sign the declaration for full-time employees [de] and submit it to the Human Resources and Legal Affairs Department.

If no exception is noted for you, GRADUS will initiate your enrollment. The enrollment process itself runs in the  Department Application, Admission, Enrollment, by accepting the study place. Please note the information on semester and tution fees.

This image shows Simone  Hawlitschek

Simone Hawlitschek


Doctoral Degree Admissions Manager (letters: A - L)

This image shows Rabia Boztepe-Burgert

Rabia Boztepe-Burgert


Doctoral Degree Admissions Manager (letters: M - Z)


Application, Admission, Enrollment

  • Further information
  • Your points of contact for application, admission and enrollment on Bachelor's and Master's study programs.
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