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Guides for applicants and new Ph.D. candidates


The Unofficial Guide For New DKFZ PhD Students provides general information for internal PhD students moving to Heidelberg and covers topics like living in Germany, accommodation, social security, local authorities and more.

All new PhD students starting their thesis at the DKFZ will find all the necessary first steps and other useful information.

How to apply as a PhD Student at the DKFZ

Every year, the German Cancer Research Center awards 36 scholarships within the International PhD Program for students with scientific background. Further information regarding application, closing dates and selection process are available via the webpages of the DKFZ International PhD Program. In addition, you may apply for a PhD student position financed by third-party funds in the lab of your interest by directly contacting the respective group leader. The majority of the DKFZ PhD students has such third-party funded positions. Scholarships as well as third-party funding is usually limited to 3 years.

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