Leibniz Graduate Schools and Leibniz ScienceCampi

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In brief

Young researchers can train in a broad research area within an excellent research environment at an institution with an international reputation. They find ideal conditions for completing a PhD in a structured doctoral programme that can take place either at a Leibniz Institute or a partner university.

Who can apply?

Graduates with

  • an excellent university degree equivalent to a German Master’s degree
  • an academic qualification in an appropriate subject for the respective graduate school
  • or who will meet these requirements within the next 6 months.

Type and extent of funding

Work contract (usually part-time) or scholarship; grants for consumables and travel allowances. The salary is based on the collective agreement for public sector employees of the German states (currently approx. 4,100 to 4,400 euros per month gross for a full-time job). The size of the scholarship is based on qualifications and amounts to between 1,200 and 1,450 euros per month.


Scholarship for a maximum of 3 years. As a rule, work contracts are limited to 2 to 3 years with the possibility of extension.


Applications should be submitted directly to the relevant Leibniz Institute. Vacancies and application deadlines are advertised on the websites of the respective institutes or graduate schools (see link below).

Jobs at the Leibniz Association

Leibniz Institutes conduct both basic and applied research, often with an interdisciplinary approach. Leibniz Institutes offer jobs individually, and the Leibniz Association additionally advertises its vacancies on its job portal.

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