Doctorate On Campus

HEiKA Graduate School on Functional Materials

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

36 months
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The HEiKA Graduate School on Functional Materials at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)  coordinates the entire process before, during and after the application. Aside supporting the Young Scientists in their scientific research leading up to their doctorate, the Graduate School offers a module program preparing them for a highly interdisciplinary research field.


In addition, the Graduate School Office organizes events specifically for Young Scientists, like the Young Scientist Retreat. Furthermore, Welcome Days, Business Breakfasts and Journal Clubs at Lunch as well as other networking events are offered.

The  HEiKA Graduate School on Functional Materials at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) offer contributes to the continuous deepening of the partnerships and to the development of new cross-disciplinary connections between Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers as well the PIs from KIT and Heidelberg University.

Networking Measures

As science is a collaborative activity, networking is key to success. Furthermore, good networking skills provide a gateway to a successful career in academia or industry.

The networking measures connect Young Scientists from different Thrusts and, therefore, from different scientific backgrounds in productive and conducive environments. The Young Scientists profit from the interdisciplinary competence and at the same time have a chance to build up a professional network that strengthens their position for future opportunities.

Programme Structure

The HEiKA Graduate School offers a comprehensive training framework, including:

  • Development plan
  • Mentoring
  • Training program
  • Annual research conferences in rotating subfields of our Cluster
  • Annual retreats for young researchers

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae (1-3 pages)
  • Description of doctoral research project
  • High School diploma
  • Bachelor / Undergraduate certificate
  • Master’s certificate
  • Transcript of record Bachelor’s degree
  • Transcript of records Master’s degree
  • Letter of motivation (5.500 characters or less, incl. spaces)
  • Name(s) and contact information for references

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Karlsruhe

780 - 1140 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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HEiKA Graduate School on Functional Materials
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)


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