Information for PhD Students

If you are a current PhD student or PhD supervisor looking for more information, please visit our intranet pages (this link only works inside the DKFZ network). It includes information for new PhD students, details on Thesis Advisory Committees, Credit Points etc.

Graduate Program Office


Student welfare at the DKFZ has top priority. There is a dedicated Graduate Program Office to support you before and during your time as a PhD student at the DKFZ. This office is staffed by a team of five, headed by Dr. Lindsay Murrells, the PhD Program Manager. The Graduate Program Office is concerned with PhD student affairs at the DKFZ - including the bi-annual candidate selections - and takes care of students’ concerns. It also organizes the DKFZ Summer Internship for master's students and events like the Graduation Ceremony.

If you are a new PhD student at the DKFZ, please find more information here.

You can contact the Graduate Program Office by e-mail

Career Service

Of course, completing your PhD is just the first step. That’s why the DKFZ also has a Career Service with the aim to support all Master's, PhD students and Postdocs in planning their professional future. They will provide you with information on career opportunities and give you access to the resources for planning the next step. The Career Service recommends to start informing yourself early in your PhD! For more information, please check the DKFZ Career Service page.

PhD Student Initiatives

But that’s not all: To ease your transition into life in Heidelberg, there are Student Teams, led by the Student Council, on hand to provide support and to answer any questions you might have. Have a look here for more information. You also find more information in the PhD Students Portal.

PhD Guidelines from the Helmholtz Association

Please see below for the "Guidelines for the completion of PhD projects within the Helmholtz Association" which define standards for the optimal design of doctoral training. These guidelines are also implemented at the DKFZ, one of the 18 research centers of the Helmholtz Association.


For help in the rare instances when things go wrong, the Graduate Program also has two ombudspeople to offer assistance. As DKFZ scientists, they can provide confidential advice and help to solve the issue at hand.

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