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Welcome to the International PhD Program of the DKFZ!

The Helmholtz International Graduate School for Cancer Research in Heidelberg is the interdisciplinary and international PhD program for all students working at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). Our PhD students conduct research at the forefront of basic and translational cancer research.

We warmly invite you to apply to the DKFZ and join our many distinguished scientists in cancer research! Find more information on How to Apply.


The DKFZ is Germany’s largest biomedical research institute and has an international and dynamic work environment, providing students with access to state-of-the-art research facilities and exceptional resources. More than 550 PhD students in over 90 divisions and research groups carry out research to unravel the causes and mechanisms of cancer development and to identify novel tools for diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

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“When I found out about the international PhD Program at the DKFZ, I knew this was where I wanted to be: Cutting edge cancer research in one of the most renowned institutes in Germany in a beautiful and multicultural city is the perfect combination. My PhD studies at the DKFZ are a unique experience not only academically but they also enable my personal growth and cultural exchange.”

(Antonino from Argentina, PhD student at the DKFZ)

Perhaps you, too, would like to work at the cutting edge of cancer research amongst leading scientists from the field? This website hopes to give you a taste of what it is like to be a member of our international PhD program. If you are interested in joining our scientific community after reading this website, we are looking forward to receiving your application!

If you are a bachelor student or you've just started your master's studies, please take a look at our programs for undergraduate students!

last update: 30/10/2015 back to top