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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).



Aspirant Grant: modification of application process

As of now applications may be handed in anytime as long as funds are available. To facilitate the processing the applications will be bundled at the end of every month. The next deadline is February 28, 2017.
The Aspirant Grant enables a KIT professor to invite a graduate from abroad to KIT for a one month stay in order to discuss the options of a doctoral project.


KIT News
KIT-Doktorandentage 2017

The third KIT PhD Days will take place from March 14th to 17th, 2017. This event is targeted at all doctoral researchers at KIT and at those interested in doing a PhD. The motto is INFORMATION — ORIENTATION — NETWORKING. Presentations, panel discussions and workshops — partly in English — will provide participants with insights concerning the diverse aspects of doing a PhD. There is also plenty of opportunity to network and share experiences.


KIT News
KIT pool of skills is online!

All employees as well as guests and partners of KIT are invited to present their professional thematic spectrum within KIT. The pool offers the possibilities of assignment to KIT centers and their topics and research concerning them, as well as the integration of own publications.


Erna Scheffler Award 2017

The prize is awarded for an outstanding thesis (dissertation, diploma or master thesis) of a female researcher at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The prize is awarded by the Soroptimist Club Karlsruhe. A thesis is eligible if it was evaluated between December 1, 2014 and November 30, 2016. The application deadline is February 24, 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.