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PhD Funding


All PhD positions at the DKFZ are fully funded for (at least) three years. The salaries are competitive by national standards. There is no tuition fee.

Candidates awarded a PhD Program position through the biannual selection rounds are funded by a DKFZ PhD contract, which includes social security contributions (pension, health insurance etc). The amount of this contract is approximately equivalent to a TVöD contract with 65% working time, in the E13 level. Candidates may also receive offers of funding from a PhD supervisor directly.

All PhD students at the DKFZ are enrolled in the DKFZ International PhD Program, regardless of how they are funded.

DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Programme

In addition to DKFZ PhD positions, the DKFZ offers scholarships to international PhD candidates in collaboration with the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) within the Graduate School Scholarship Programme.

Each DAAD scholarship in this programme comprises funding for three years. DAAD scholarship holders will be identified by a two-step procedure:
Step One: PhD candidates apply for a PhD position at the DKFZ through the biannual selections. Following the PhD Selection process, appropriate candidates are nominated for a DAAD scholarship by the DKFZ.
Step Two: The nominees submit an online-application with supporting documentation via the DAAD portal. Following the acceptance to the Graduate School Scholarship Programme by the DAAD, PhD candidates start their PhD at the DKFZ.

Have you already secured your own funding?

If you already hold a full PhD scholarship and you wish to find a PhD project at the DKFZ, please apply through the online application system.

When completing your application, in the "publications/honours" and "future plans" sections of the online application form, you should mention that you have already been awarded a PhD fellowship and you should also upload a copy of the letter confirming this in the "Documents" section under "Master".

If you do not wish to take part in the selection rounds of the PhD Program, then you may e-mail the division and group heads who you are interested in working with, to enquire as to whether a position may be available if you bring your own scholarship. You can also search for specific research topics using the Topic Finder.

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