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Welcome to the Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS)

Are you a doctoral or postdoctoral researcher and would you like to set the course for your current or future career? If so the Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS) will support you by providing you with advice, assistance and financial means.


  • 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.




As of January 01, 2015, conclusion of doctoral agreements and subsequent central registration of doctoral candidates with KHYS shall be mandatory at KIT. Both prerequisites have to be fulfilled for acceptance by a KIT department. The legal basis is Article 38, paragraph 5 of the Law of Baden-Württemberg on Universities and Colleges.
These new obligations shall apply to all doctoral candidates, who were not accepted by a KIT department on January 01, 2015.
For the registration of these doctoral candidates, KHYS has established a separate registration portal on behalf of the Presidential Committee.
Hence, KHYS presently offers two different portals – one for doctoral candidates, who are obliged to register, and one for all other doctoral candidates and post-docs.


  • KHYS Registration Portal*
    All doctoral candidates, who were not accepted by a KIT department on January 01, 2015, shall be obliged to register with the newly established registration portal.

    >> To the KHYS Registration Portal

  • KHYS Network*
    The following doctoral candidates and post-docs of KIT are free to register with the KHYS network:
    • Doctoral candidates, who had already been accepted by one of the eleven KIT departments on January 01, 2015 or who had submitted a request for acceptance before January 01, 2015
    • Doctoral candidates, who conduct most of their research at KIT, but will pass their doctorate at another university
    • Post-docs*

    >>To the KHYS Network



Register First, then Profit!

By your registration with the KHYS Registration Portal or the KHYS Network, you will become member of KHYS. In this way, you will have the opportunity to profit from the variety of  KHYS offers. Here, all advantages are obvious at a glance.

If you have any questions and wishes, please do not hesitate to contact us.



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



International Collaboration Package

KHYS calls for applications for a modular funding package that aims to promote the mobility and networking of doctoral researchers and sustainably establish these by means of intensifying existing international collaboration. The maximum sum for each funding package is €10,000.

KIT News
Wanted: A committed organizing team for the next KIT PhD Symposium!

KHYS is looking for the organizing team for the next KIT PhD Symposium. PhD students can submit their applications by no later than December 6, 2016 by Alexa Mehanna. The next KIT PhD Symposium will take place in fall 2017


Carl Zeiss Junior Researcher Funding Program 2017

The Carl Zeiss Stiftung once again calls for applications for its Junior Researcher Funding Program. The KIT deadline for applications is December 14, 2016, 12 o’clock. Funding is provided to doctoral researchers, postdocs, and junior professors from the fields of life sciences, chemistry and from digitalisation projects relating to life sciences or chemistry.



Am KHYS werden zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt für unterschiedliche Projektteams engagierte, verantwortungsvolle Studentische/Wissenschaftliche Hilfskräfte ab 40 Stunden im Monat (nach Absprache auch erweiterbar) gesucht.


Call for applications Bertha Benz Award 2017

With this award the Daimler and Benz Foundation honors a female engineer for an outstanding doctoral thesis. The KIT deadline for applications is February 1, 2017.


i. KIT-News "Redet miteinander" KIT-Ombudspersonen
"Redet Miteinander (talk to each other)" KIT ombudspersons in KIT-Dialog

For nine months Rafaela Hillerbrand, Sören Hohmann, Stefan Kühnlein and Dr. Birgid Langer have now been active as ombudspersons for doctoral researchers and supervisors at KIT. In the current edition of KIT-Dialog they give an account of their early experiences.


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.


  For further interesting pieces of news go to our news archive.