Helmholtz Research Schools and Graduate Schools

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. 4,100 to 4,400 euros per month gross for a full-time position). In many research fields, doctoral researchers receive payment of 65 percent of a full-time position (approx. 2,600 to 2,900 euros per month gross).


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).

Jobs at the Helmholtz Association

Helmholtz Research Centres cover a wide range of research fields and also operate large research infrastructures. Vacancies at all Helmholtz Research Centres – including positions for postdocs – are published on the Helmholtz Association's job vacancies page.

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