Aspirant Grant (Doc)

Applications may be handed in anytime as long as funds are available.

Superiors at KIT often receive inquiries by graduates from abroad who are interested in doing their doctorate at KIT. In many cases there has been no prior contact with the graduate or his or her working group so how do you know whether the graduate would be a suitable candidate for a doctoral project? This is where the Aspirant Grant (Doc) comes into play. The grant enables you to meet such aspirants in person and invite them to come to KIT for a period of one month. Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS) covers the travel and accommodation expenses for the aspirant’s stay.

During the visit, both parties have the chance to get to know each other and to discuss the possibility of doing a doctorate at KIT. In addition, the aspirant will get an initial impression of the work environment at KIT. A doctoral researcher of the host institute will serve as a “buddy” to the aspirant and assist him or her with regard to administrative issues or questions concerning the facilities at KIT or living in Karlsruhe. The KIT buddy may use this opportunity to develop his or her own international network and intercultural competences.

For more information, please click on the links in the tiles below. Furthermore, PDF files containing all ▶ information for applicants from the website and answers to the most frequently asked questions are available for download.

Please note: The program is also available for inviting potential postdocs for a one-month research stay. ▶ Here, you can find information regarding the Aspirant Grant (Postdoc).


At a Glance


Target groups: KIT applicants and aspirants apply jointly.

  • KIT applicants = professors, heads of institutes at KIT, KIT Associate Fellows, heads of certified KIT junior research groups
  • Aspirants = graduates (Bachelor/Master) from abroad


Supported activities: One month guest stay of the aspirant at KIT to find out if a doctorate is a suitable option for both parties. 


Scope of funding: The aspirant will receive a refund for the costs of the journey to and from Karlsruhe (economy class tickets for flight/train) as well as the accommodation costs (which should not exceed EUR 1,200) for the stay in Karlsruhe.



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Call for Application

Applications are bundled at the end of every month. Next deadline: Wednesday, July 31, 2024. 

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Phone: +49 (0)721 608-41922

E-Mail: ▶ aspirant_doc∂


Person in charge: ▶ Jutta Klein-Hitpaß