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Welcome to the Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS)

The Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS) is the central institution for the promotion of junior researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). We support doctoral researchers. postdocs*, the Young Investigator Network (YIN), and doctoral programs. Our various offers are specifically targeted to promote junior KIT researchers and foster an open scientific and interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and knowledge.


  • 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.




According to § 38, paragraph 5 of the state law on universities and colleges in Baden-Württemberg (Landeshochschulgesetz; LHG), the central registration of all doctoral researchers at KIT was introduced before their application for acceptance to a KIT Department.

Docata – the new web portal for doctoral researchers – is currently being implemented for this purpose.

Docata not only supports KIT in fulfilling its further legal (reporting) duties (e.g. according to § 5 Law on Higher Education Statistics Act (Hochschulstatistikgesetz; HStatG), but also supports doctoral researchers regarding the formal steps along the entire doctoral phase.

Docata will be implemented department by department.

If you would like to apply for acceptance at one of the following KIT Departments, then the registration is ONLY possible via Docata:

  • KIT Department of Physics
  • KIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

>> to the registration via Docata

If you would like to do your doctorate at one of the other KIT Departments, please continue to register via the old KHYS Registration Portal or wait until Docata has been activated for you.

>> to the KHYS Registration Portal


KHYS Network:
Only the following doctoral researchers and postdocs of KIT may voluntarily register in the KHYS Network:

  • Doctoral researchers whose research focus is at KIT or who are supervised at KIT, but will complete their doctorate at a different university.
  • Postdocs*

    >> to the KHYS Network

Register First, then Profit!

With your registration you become a KHYS member. Therefore you can benefit from varied KHYS offers. See all advantages at a glance.

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


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



Advisory offices for young scientists - open consultation hours at KHYS

Junior researchers often face different challenges in their research period which could lead to conflicts. At KIT there are a variety of advisory offices which you can contact in cases of conflicts both in a work and in a personal context. KHYS for example offers open consultation hours from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday in room 116. There you can safely discuss your situation.


KIT News
Call for applications Bertha Benz Prize 2019

With this award the Daimler and Benz Foundation honors a female engineer for an outstanding doctoral thesis. The prize is endowed with EUR 10,000. The KIT deadline for applications is January 28, 2019.


Company Events of the KIT-Career Service

At the event series "Company Events", the KIT Career Service offers many workshops, such as job application trainings, excursions and information events with and at companies. There will be many different comapanies, from the world market leading medium-sized ones to the large groups.


Research Travel Grant leads to a publication in “Nature Physics”

Recently the results of a research project at the Royal Holloway, University of London, were published in the renowned journal "Nature Physics". A KIT doctoral researcher was significantly involved in this project, which lasted several months. We are pleased that we were able to supprt this successful research stay of Sebastian Skacel with the Research Travel Grant and wish him continued success.


KIT News
Ombudspersons for doctoral researchers and supervisors at KIT The Ombudspersons act as contact persons in cases of conflicts or disputes between doctoral researchers and supervisors during the doctoral research phase. Doctoral researchers and supervisors are free to initiate contact with any Ombudsperson at any point. They can decide for themselves whom they wish to address irrespective of they research background.

KIT news
Competence Pool: Living forum for the networking of ideas at KIT

All employees, as well as guests and partners of KIT, are invited to present their individual professional profile within KIT and to engage in mutual exchange. An allocation to and a search concerning KIT Centers and their topics as well as embedding publications in the individual profile is possible.



The blog presents the exciting and diverse faces of the Helmholtz Association, presents experts and topics from the broad field of talent promotion and career development in science and provides insights into what is done day-to-day in the Helmholtz Association to make it not only an outstanding scientific institution, but also an inspiring workplace for all employees.


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.