Individual Doctoral Projects at Leibniz Institutes

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In brief

PhD students can complete a doctorate while working in an excellent interdisciplinary research environment at a
Leibniz institute. They are supervised in collaboration with partner universities.

Who can apply?

Graduates 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 of the German states (currently approx. 4,400 euros per month gross for a full-time position.)


Generally 2 to 3 years with possible extension of up to 1 to 2 years.


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