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Carry Out Your Own PhD Project!, Ph.D.

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Under the supervision of a Hector Fellow, you will work on your innovative PhD projects over a period of three years. In addition to financing your position, you receive additional research funding from the Academy and take part in further training events.

At a glance

  • Opportunity to obtain the PhD with an own research idea or
  • Application for a position advertised by the Hector Fellow
  • A funded position, not a scholarship
  • Extensive research funding
  • Membership in our research network
  • Collaboration with Hector Science Award winners (prize for outstanding research achievement and special commitment in teaching and the promotion of young scientists)
  • Training in management topics
  • Variety of training activities & networking events
 Carry Out Your Own PhD Project at Hector Fellow Academy now!

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Current PhD projects:

  • Continuum Damage Models for Reliability Assessment of Structural Composites
  • Genetics and Epigenetics of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and its Treatment
  • Photocatalysis and Transition-Metal-Catalyzed Reactions of Furane-Derivatives
  • Towards Understanding the Genetic Basis of Appetitive Aggressive Behavior
  • Fermionic Quantum Gas Microscope
  • Bank Structuring in Urban Environments through Micro Groins
  • Influence of and Climate Change Landuse Changes on Hydrological Variations of Meso-scale Semi-Arid River Basin
  • RR Lyrae stars as tracers of substructure and Galactic archaeology
  • Towards Topological Many-Body Physics Using State-Dependent Optical Lattices
  • Accommodation Behavior and Ciliary Muscle Activity in Myopia

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

To apply for a position as a PhD student at the Hector Fellow Academy, the following requirements must be met:

  • Excellent academic performance
  • Very good master’s degree in the relevant field
  • Very good knowledge of English
  • Willingness to move to the university location of the supervising Hector Fellow, if necessary
  • Either submit an innovative, self-developed project outline within the research area of a Hector Fellow
  • Or apply for a position advertised by a Hector Fellow

Tuition Fee

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Funded position.

Living costs for Karlsruhe

  • 780 - 1140 EUR/month
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PhD students of the Hector Fellow Academy are employed as research assistants for a period of three years. The salary corresponds to the internal regulations at the university of the respective Hector Fellow (according to TV-L 13, up to 100%, based on the funding rates of the DFG for PhD students). 

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