Helmholtz Research Schools and Graduate Schools

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Funded by

Helmholtz Association

In brief

Helmholtz Research and Graduate Schools offer structured doctoral training for highly qualified doctoral researchers in partnership with universities. Young researchers gain considerable experience of close research cooperation between work groups.

Who can apply

Graduates with

  • an outstanding university degree equivalent to a German Master’s degree
  • an academic qualification in the field of the respective research institute
  • a relevant doctoral research proposal for the respective research group
  • a good knowledge of the English language

Type and extent of funding

Work contract (usually part-time); the salary is based on the collective agreement for public sector employees (currently approx. 3,700 euros per month gross for a full-time position).


Generally 3 years with possible extension of 1 year.


Applications should be submitted to the respective Helmholtz Centre. The individual Centres advertise their vacancies or set application deadlines. You will find links to the different schools and vacancies on the website (see link below).