Individual Doctoral Projects at Fraunhofer Institutes

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The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft supports internationally networked, application-oriented research and is the largest organisation of its kind in Europe.

In brief

PhD students can complete a doctorate while working on exciting projects in the newest areas of technology with state-of-the-art equipment at a Fraunhofer Institute.

Who can apply?

PhD students with

  • an outstanding university degree equivalent to a German Master’s degree
  • the ability to conduct independent research
  • teamworking and communication skills
  • a good knowledge of the English language

Type and extent of funding

Work contract (usually part-time) with a salary based on the collective agreement for public sector employees. Bonuses possible depending on performance and success.


Generally 3 years with possible extension up to 6 years.


Applications should be submitted to the respective Fraunhofer Institute. Vacancies and closing dates are advertised on the websites of individual institutes or on the job exchange.

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