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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).



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.

Carl Zeiss Funding Program

Every year, the Carl Zeiss Stiftung calls for applications for its funding program for young scientists. This year, three KIT doctoral researchers and four postdocs are among the successful candidates.


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.


KIT Doctoral Award

Two of KIT Doctoral Awards were awarded 2015 (7th and 8th KIT Doctoral Award).The KIT Doctoral Award honors excellent dissertations from KIT. The awards were presented on March 1, 2016.


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.