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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).



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Call for applications KIT Doctoral Award 2016

KIT awards the KIT Doctoral Award in 2016 for the neunth time. The award will be presented in recognition of outstanding doctoral researchers graduates of the academic year 2015/16. Deadline is November 7, 2016.


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.


Friedrich und Elisabeth Boysen-Preis 2016

In 2016, the Friedrich-und-Elisabeth-Boysen Stiftung again supports KIT by awarding a prize for an outstanding dissertation in the field of environmental technology. The prize is endowed with €5,000. Application deadline is October 13, 2016.



KIT News
International welcome lunch for doctoral researchers

On 28 September 2016 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. young scientists are invited to the "International welcome lunch for doctoral researchers". The Welcome Lunch is staged within the framework of the International Networking Days organized by International Affairs.


KIT News
Bewerbungstraining für ausländische Promovierende

The application training on 25 October 2016 is targeted at doctoral researchers from abroad who are interested in applying for a job in German industry. Since sufficient knowledge of the German language is mandatory for working at a German industrial company, this course is held in German.


Helmholtz Doctoral Prize 2016

A KIT dissertation has won the Helmholtz Doctoral Prize. The awarding ceremony will take place on September 22, 2016 in Berlin.

New doctoral ordinance of the KIT Department of Mathematics

There is a new doctoral ordinance at the KIT Department of Mathematics. The KIT Senate passed it on July 18, 2016. It was made public on July 27, 2016 and came into force on July 28, 2016.


NextGen@Helmholtz Conference 2016

The NextGen@Helmholtz Conference 2016 - organized by PhDs for PhDs – will take place at the HZI (Helmholtz Center for Infection Research) in Braunschweig from September 28-30, 2016. The program contains a variety of formats for scientific discussions, expert panels, networking with fellow PhD students and most importantly, fun filled sessions like science slams, pub quizzes and many more.


Call for Applications: Scholarships from the Graduate Funding from the German States

Highly-qualified junior researchers who just started their PhD can apply for these grants. Beginning of funding is January 1, 2017. Application deadline is October 4, 2016.

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.


Amendment of the Wissenschaftszeitvertrags-gesetz

The amendment to the Wissenschaftszeitvertrags-gesetz (law on fixed term employment contracts in science) came into force on March 6th, 2016. The German Research Foundation (DFG) has composed a handout on this amendment that provides a brief overview of the upcoming changes.


First Place for KIT at quality competition

KIT was awarded a first place at a ideas competition about the quality of doctoral research of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Wuerttemberg.  The concept "QualityDoc@KIT" persuaded with its key points reinforcment of the culture of doctoral researchers and supervisors, a comprehensive doctoral portal with services  along the doctoral phases for all users and the establishment of a quality management system for the doctoral research at KIT.


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.