The HEiKA Graduate School on Functional Materials at the Cluster of Excellence 3D Matter Matter Made to Order (3DMM2O) combines the research and teaching competencies of KIT and Heidelberg University. The Cluster aims to advance 3D Additive Manufacturing to the next level. The goal is to break current barriers of scale, precision and speed to unleash the true potential of the technology.
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Seizing the complementary strengths of the two universities, the Cluster pursues a highly interdisciplinary approach combining natural and engineering sciences. This means that the 25 Principal Investigators of the two universities bring together a wide variety of scientific backgrounds, ranging from biology, chemistry and physics to engineering and material sciences.

Graduate School

The HEiKA Graduate School on “Functional Materials” is a central structural element of the Cluster. Aside the scientific research, the Graduate School offers a module program preparing the doctoral researchers for a highly interdisciplinary research field.

In addition, annual Research conferences in rotating subfields of our Cluster, and annual retreats of the doctoral researchers are part of the Graduate School program. Furthermore, we regularly offer welcome and networking events.

The Graduate School’s offer contributes to the continuous deepening of the partnerships and to the development of new cross-disciplinary connections between the PIs, doctoral researchers and PostDocs from KIT and the Heidelberg University.


The Cluster of Excellence 3D Matter Made to Order (3DMM2O) is divided into three Research Areas, each of which is comprised of three Thrusts. This structure matches the vision as it represents the three interdependent steps in the development of scalable digital 3D Additive Manufacturing. 

Research Area Molecular Materials (A) focuses on designing novel molecular “inks” and “resists”, thereby providing the basic building blocks. 

Research Area Technologies (B) is concerned with advancing the technology of 3D Additive Manufacturing in terms of spatial resolution, speed, scalability, and multi-material printing. 

The joint advances of Research Areas A and B will create a “technology push”. Building on this “push”, Research Area Applications (C) explores the possibility of novel applications in materials and life sciences.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Topics included:

  • Research Area A: Molecular Materials: Molecular Units, Crystalline Molecular Assemblies  and Advanced Macromolecular Resists
  • Research Area B: Technologies: 3D Laser Nanoprinting, Integrated Multiscale Nanomanufacturing and Electron Microscopy of Beam-Sensitive Materials
  • Research Area C: Applications: 3D Hybrid Electronic and Photonic Systems, 3D Metamaterials  and 3D Hybrid Organotypic Systems

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • CV: should be 1-3 pages long and list the details of your education, your academic history, and previous research activities, experience
  • Please submit copies of your Doctoral Project description or Abstract of research.
  • Cover Letter (only mandatory if applying for an advertised position): A one page document explaining the applicant's credentials and interest in the open position.
  • High school diploma: submit copies of your high school diploma.
  • Bachelor / Undergraduate certificate: Please submit copies of your bachelor’s certificate.
  • Master’s certificate: submit copies of your master’s certificate. If you do not have your final certificates, provide provisional certificates.

Tuition Fee

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KIT / Heidelberg University do not charge tuition fees. However, a semester contribution fee of ca. €154 / €172 must be paid before the start of every semester.

Living costs for Karlsruhe

  • 780 - 1140 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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The Carl Zeiss Foundation Stipend Program is a part of the HEiKA Graduate school on “Functional Materials”. The program offers 20 stipends for doctoral researchers. Both national and international students can apply. Additionally, stipends for specific research topics may be announced. Furthermore, positions as scientific staff in the groups or at the institutes of the Principal Investigators are frequently advertised.

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