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Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS)

Straße am Forum 3
76131 Karlsruhe

Tel:  +49 (0)721 608-46185
Fax: +49 (0)721 608-46222

Geb. 30.96
  KHYS-Handbuch Promovieren am KIT

Welcome to the Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS)

The Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS) is the central institution for the promotion of junior researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). We support doctoral researchers. postdocs*, the Young Investigator Network (YIN), and doctoral programs. Our various offers are specifically targeted to promote junior KIT researchers and foster an open scientific and interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and knowledge.


  • individually advise, qualify, and support young scientists during their careers;
  • further develop the support of young scientists at KIT and maintain the quality of the doctoral research phase;
  • support coordinated research programs (e.g. research training groups) for the promotion of young scientists.

Important information on registration with KHYS

Registering with KHYS is the way to gain access to a variety of KHYS offers.
>> Advantages at a glance
>> Further information on KHYS membership

Currently we have two registration portals which differ with regard to the target groups.
Therefore please note the following information about registration!

You would like to do your doctorate at one of the eleven KIT Departments?
According to § 38, par. 5 of the State Higher Education Act of Baden-Württemberg (Landeshochschulgesetz; LHG) all doctoral researchers pursuing their doctorate at a KIT Department need to register with KHYS.
>> Registration with Docata

You have been accepted as a doctoral researcher at a different university, but your main research focus is at KIT or you are supervised at KIT?
>> Registration with the KHYS Network

You are a postdoc* in the first qualification/orientation phase?

>> Registration with the KHYS Network

*KHYS supports postdocs in the first postdoc phase (qualification/orientation phase, which should last no longer than three years).



Dissertation Award of the Friedrich und Elisabeth Boysen-Stiftung 2020

The Friedrich und Elisabeth Boysen-Stiftung again will award a prize at KIT for an outstanding dissertation in the field of environmental technology with special consideration of engineering solutions for the reduction of pollutants, noise and energy consumption. The prize is endowed with EUR 5,000. Application deadline is September 13, 2019.


DAAD project successfully concluded

Within the framework of the DAAD program IPID4all KHYS implemented the Internationalization Program, which ran from November 2014 to June 2019 and included a wide variety of measures. The focus of the program was on the promotion of mobilities. During the course of the program, KHYS funded 289 journeys (incoming and outgoing) and thus was able to foster the internationalization of the doctoral research phase at KIT.


Südwestmetall Förderpreis 2019 bestowed

Frederik Kotz was awarded the Südwestmetall-Förderpreis 2019 for his dissertation at KIT. With this prize, the Baden-Wuerttemberg Employers' Association of the Metal and Electrical Industry - Südwestmetall - honors outstanding achievements of young scientists at the nine Baden-Württemberg state universities, which are important for the industrial working world or its socio-political framework conditions. We congratulate Mr. Kotz and wish him continued success.


Advisory offices for young scientists - open consultation hours at KHYS

Junior researchers often face different challenges in their research period which could lead to conflicts. At KIT there are a variety of advisory offices which you can contact in cases of conflicts both in a work and in a personal context. KHYS for example offers open consultation hours from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday in room 116. There you can safely discuss your situation.


Conventions of the doctoral researchers

All doctoral researchers that have been accepted at a KIT Department together form a convention. The conventions can give advice on issues pertaining to doctoral researchers and give recommendations to the organs of KIT. Every convention is headed by a board, elected from within the convention. Doctoral researchers wishing to become actively involved in the convention of their KIT Department are very welcome to do so.   


KIT News
Ombudspersons for doctoral researchers and supervisors at KIT The Ombudspersons act as contact persons in cases of conflicts or disputes between doctoral researchers and supervisors during the doctoral research phase. Doctoral researchers and supervisors are free to initiate contact with any Ombudsperson at any point. They can decide for themselves whom they wish to address irrespective of they research background.

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Competence Pool: Living forum for the networking of ideas at KIT

All employees, as well as guests and partners of KIT, are invited to present their individual professional profile within KIT and to engage in mutual exchange. An allocation to and a search concerning KIT Centers and their topics as well as embedding publications in the individual profile is possible.



The blog presents the exciting and diverse faces of the Helmholtz Association, presents experts and topics from the broad field of talent promotion and career development in science and provides insights into what is done day-to-day in the Helmholtz Association to make it not only an outstanding scientific institution, but also an inspiring workplace for all employees.


Das neue KHYS-Handbuch für Promovierende ist da!
KHYS guide for doctoral researchers

The e-book provides you with information, tips and numerous services concerning your doctorate at KIT.


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