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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).



Open in Action: Internationale Open Access Week

Under the motto "Open in Action", this year's international Open Access Week is taking take place from October 24 -30, 2016. Open access stands for free access to scientific information. The KIT library offers, for example:

„Science is open: an introduction to open access“
Webinar for Helmholtz Ph.D. students
Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016, 3 pm – 3.30 pm or
Friday, Oct 28, 2016, 11 am – 11.30 am
Registration: No registration required


KIT News
Heinrich Hertz Guest Professorship 2016

The Heinrich Hertz Guest Professorship is awarded to J. Menno Harms. The chairman of Hewlett-Packard GmbH’s supervisory board will give two public lectures (held in German) on “Consequences of Digital Interconnectedness / Konsequenzen der digitalen Vernetzung” and “Leadership on the path to the Digital Age / Führung auf dem Weg ins digitale Zeitalter” on October, 19 and November, 3, respectively.


Call for applications KHYS measures

KHYS once again calls for applications for two funding measures. 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. The Internship Grant offers doctoral researchers at KIT the opportunity to supervise a master student from abroad during a six to twelve-week internship at KIT. The application deadline for both measures is Sunday, November 20, 2016.



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 application KHYS Networking Grant 2017

The Networking Grant enables doctoral researchers to generate new international contacts. KHYS offers financial support with a travel subsidy of up to €1,500.
Application deadline is Monday, November 14, 2016.


Foyergespräch "Karriere in der Wissenschaft"

Welcher Weg für eine Karriere in der Wissenschaft ist für mich der richtige? Welche Vor- und Nachteile, Chancen oder Risiken verbergen sich dahinter? Ist eine Umorientierung zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt so einfach möglich?
Diskutieren Sie mit unseren Podiumsgästen!


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.


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.


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.