Doctoral Programs

Doctoral programs offer the opportunity to earn a doctorate as part of a research program and a structured qualification concept. The focus of the doctoral programs is on educating doctoral students in promising research topics and supporting them in their personal career development and scientific independence. In addition, the programs promote early networking, internationalization, and interdisciplinary cooperation among doctoral students.

Currently, there are more than 20 doctoral programs at the KIT. A list of all current programs can be found ▶ here.

The quality of the promotion of early career researchers is one of the key criteria for the allocation of national funding. Together with the KIT Research Office (▶ FOR), we actively advise and support graduate schools, research training groups, collaborative research centers, clusters, etc. in the application processes. Furthermore, we will be glad to support you with site inspections - participation on our part has proved successful.

Please do not hesitate to contact ▶ Nadine Civilotti.

For a doctoral program to be successful, various aspects other than the scientific work must be taken into account: among others, an elaborate qualification program, promoting the networking and internationalization of early career researchers, and quality assurance in the program.

KHYS offers comprehensive services to support doctoral programs in this regard:

  • We advise and support programs in the design of their further education program
  • We organize networking meetings
  • We support the evaluation process
  • ...

Please feel free to contact us!

Contact: Dr. Johanna Häußler



The KHYS networks the existing doctoral programs at KIT. There are regular meetings of the coordinators with the KHYS. The aim of these meetings is to further develop the promotion of early career researchers at KIT.

The KHYS supports the establishment and expansion of KIT graduate schools in the University of Excellence with the ▶ Graduate School Support Program (GradeUP) (KIT-intranet).

Dr. Gabriele Gregolec (▶ gradeup∂ will be happy to answer your questions.