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Graduate Academy Heidelberg University

Service Point

Im Neuenheimer Feld 370
Room 3
69120 Heidelberg

Telephone Icon 17x17 +49 (0) 6221 / 54 - 19765


Walk-in office hours

Monday: 10 am to 12 pm
Tuesday: 2 pm to 4 pm
Wednesday: 10 am to 12 pm
Thursday: 10 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm
and by appointment

Outside of our office hours you can reach us by telephone or email.

DFG Research Training Groups

Research Training Groups are established by the university to promote young researchers. They are funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for a period of up to nine years. Their key emphasis is on the qualification of doctoral researchers within the framework of a focused research programme and a structured training strategy.
More information on the research website of Heidelberg University

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Structured Doctoral Programs in Heidelberg

​Structured doctoral programs – general information

It is the goal of Heidelberg University to foster the establishment of elements of structured doctoral programs in all of the academic disciplines and to support the introduction and development of graduate schools, research training groups and other “structured doctoral programs”. This corresponds to the recommendations of the German Council of Science and Humanities (2002) and the German Rector’s Conference (2003) on the professional development of young researchers.
There are currently more than 40 structured doctoral programs involving different levels and varying elements of structure at Heidelberg University. Structured programs have been established predominantly in the natural and life sciences; however, their numbers are also increasing in the humanities, social sciences and law, where the traditional model has been individual doctoral training.

Doctoral programs in Heidelberg

General information

In Heidelberg, there are three different forms of structured doctoral programs:

  • Graduate Schools (Graduiertenschulen) – large facilities with 150–300 doctoral candidates covering a wide range of research fields.
  • Research Training Groups (Graduiertenkollegs) – medium-sized groups with 15–50 doctoral candidates. The individual dissertation topics often come from a variety of research fields and faculties but are all focused within a defined topic area.
  • Research Training Groups (Promotionskollegs) – small groups with five to seven doctoral candidates covering very specific research questions.


Lists of the Heidelberg programs

Humanities, Social Sciences and Law

Graduate Schools 

Heidelberg Graduate School for Humanities and Social Sciences (HGGS)

The Heidelberg Graduate School for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HGGS) provides a structured doctoral programme to foster innovative, interdisciplinary research projects in the humanities, social sciences and law. Its three-year programme combines traditional and new approaches in supporting graduate research through specialist seminars and workshops. International candidates benefit from a tailor-made support programme. The HGGS awards short-term grants and full scholarships to qualified applicants.​


Director: Dr. Astrid Wind
Heidelberger Graduiertenschule für Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften (HGGS)
Universität Heidelberg
Voßstr. 2, Geb. 37, Raum 108e (1. Etage)
69115 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0)6221 54 - 3783
Fax: +49 (0)6221 54 - 3664

LGF Research Training Groups 

HCIAS Doktorandenkolleg
Communication and Society in Ibero-America

Sprecher: Prof. Dr. Francisco Moreno-Fernández
Koordinatorin: Dr. Katrin Berty

Heidelberg Centrum für Ibero-Amerika-Studien
Brunnengasse 1
69117 Heidelberg
Tel. +49 6221 54-19330


Further Doctoral Programs 

Integrated doctoral programme between the Institute of European Art History of Heidelberg University and the Ecole du Louvre Paris

The integrated doctoral programme between the Institute of European Art History of Heidelberg University and the Ecole du Louvre Paris offers the opportunity to do a doctorate in various fields of Art History and Museology at both internationally distinguished institutions. It is open for successful graduates of the International Master of Art History and Museology (IMKM), which is a compulsory pre-requisite for eligibility. The doctoral cooperation supports eligible students to conduct independent and high-quality research and to acquire further fundamental and profound skills in the chosen fields.

Speaker : Prof. Dr. Henry Keazor

ZEGK - Institut für Europäische Kunstgeschichte
Seminarstrasse 4
69117 Heidelberg



Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS)

The Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS) is a three-year doctoral programme within the interdisciplinary research environment of the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS).

It combines the German model of highly individualised doctoral studies and a system of guided courses and workshops. Doctoral students become part of a vibrant community of international scholars and are trained in transcultural theories, interdisciplinary approaches, and methods from the participating disciplines (anthropology, archaeology, art history, Chinese studies, history, South Asian Studies, etc.).

Applicants must hold an above-average university degree in a discipline related to those involved at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies and have a high proficiency in English.


Administrative Manager: Dr. Oliver Lamers

Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies | HCTS
Karl Jaspers Centre
Voßstr. 2, Building 4400, Room 218
69115 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0)6221 / 54 - 4005
Fax: +49 (0)6221 / 54 - 4012


Ph.D. in American Studies program at the HCA

Coordinator: Dr. Wilfried Mausbauch

Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA)
Universität Heidelberg
Hauptstraße 120
69117 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0)6221 / 54 - 3713
Fax: +49 (0)6221 / 54 - 3719


German-French PhD-Program in Historical Studies

École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris – Historisches Seminar, Heidelberg

Historisches Seminar
Grabengasse 3-5
69117 Heidelberg

Program coordinator: Prof. Dr. Thomas Maissen
Phone: +49 (0)6221 / 54 - 2269

Academic advisor: Florian Pfeiffer, M.A.
Phone: +49 (0)6221 / 54 - 2442


Doctoral Program Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) at the Faculty of Theology

Programme coordinator: Mirjam Mosig

Theologische Fakultät
Hauptstr. 231 (EG)
691117 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0)6221 / 54 - 3371


Joint Doctoral Program on "Semantic Processing" (Department of Computational Linguistics, HITS)

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Michael Strube

HITS gGmbH (Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies)
Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 35
69118 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0)6221/ 533243
Fax: +49 (0)6221/ 533298

Promotionsprogramm "Smartes Altern im kommunalen Kontext: Untersuchung intelligenter Formen von Selbstregulation und Ko-Regulation unter Realbedingungen (SMART-AGE)"

Sprecher: Hans-Werner Wahl

Netzwerk AlternsfoRschung (NAR)
Bergheimer Straße 20
69115 Heidelberg


Doktorandenprogramm der Neuphilologischen Fakultät (Only German)

Das heiDocs-Programm der Neuphilologischen Fakultät bietet Doktorand*innen der Fakultät einen unterstützenden Rahmen für ihre Promotion. Das Programm besteht aus zwei Teilen:

  1. Das HeiDocs-Förderprogramm der Fakultät bietet finanzielle Unterstützungsmöglichkeiten (
  2. Das Veranstaltungsprogramm der Fakultät beinhaltet Angebote zum informellen fachlichen und sozialen Austausch (

Ansprechpartnerin für das finanzielle Förderprogramm: Dominika Bopp / Martina Engelbrecht

Life Sciences

Graduate Schools 

Heidelberg Biosciences International Graduate School (HBIGS)

The Heidelberg Biosciences International Graduate School (HBIGS) was founded in 2007 with the vision to attract the brightest doctoral researchers from around the world to pursue doctoral studies at Heidelberg University. As on of the largest and most visible structured graduate programmes in Germany and Europe, HBIGS embraces and serves the entire life science community at Heidelberg University as well as non-university institutions.

HBIGS has implemented an innovative approach in doctoral training with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinarity, including trainings on cutting-edge technologies and transferable skills, and shared supervision by thesis advisory committees.

A professional career service fosters gender equality and prepares graduates for premium positions in academia and beyond.


Speaker: Prof. Dr. Alexis Maizel, Prof. Dr. Friedrich Frischknecht 

Coordinator: Dr. Rolf Lutz

Universität Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 501
69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0)6221 / 54 - 6720
Fax: +49 (0)6221 / 54- 6718


Heidelberg Graduate School of Global Health

Speaker: PD Dr. Sabine Gabrysch
Coordinator: PD Dr. Volker Winkler

Institute for Public Health
Im Neuenheimer Feld 324
69120 Heidelberg



Heidelberg Graduate School of Surgery (German only)

Coordinator: Dr. Mandy Skunde

Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg
Marsilius-Turm West
Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.3
69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0)6221 / 56 - 37255

LGF Research Training Group 


Kooperatives Promotionskolleg "Perpharmance - Personalized Medicine and Organoid Pharmaceutical Test Models: Advanced Materials, Analytics, and Computing”

Speakers: Prof. Dr. Karen Bieback
(Heidelberg University)

Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Rudolf
(Mannheim University for Applied Sciences)

International PhD Program of the German Cancer Research Center  

Helmholtz International Graduate School for Cancer Research

Coordinator: Dr. Lindsay Murrells

German Cancer Research Center (M070)
Im Neuenheimer Feld 280
69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 6221 42-2141
Fax: +49 6221 42-2144

Further Programs  

COS PhD Program

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Sabine Strahl

Centre for Organismal Studies (COS)
Im Neuenheimer Feld 360
69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0)6221 / 54 - 6286


Doctoral Program of the Center for Molecular Biology

Zentrum für Molekulare Biologie (ZMBH)
Im Neuenheimer Feld 282
69120 Heidelberg

Dr. Ralf Tolle
Phone: +49 (0)6221 / 54 - 6816
Fax: +49 (0)6221 / 54 - 5507

Prof. Dr. Elmar Schiebel
Phone: +49 (0)6221 / 54 - 6814
Fax: +49 (0)6221 / 54 - 5892


Interdisciplinary Center of Neurosciences (IZN) International Graduate Program

One of the great strengths of the IZN International Graduate Program is that it is embedded in one of the largest local communities of neuroscience research groups worldwide. Research at the IZN covers the entire bandwidth of interdisciplinary neuroscience topics ranging from basic research to clinical practice, from bench to bedside. All of the more than 60 IZN research groups actively participate in the highly interdisciplinary and innovative curriculum of the Graduate Program such that it offers a unique spectrum of lectures and advanced training possibilities as well as individual support services to all registered doctoral students.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Christoph M. Schuster
Administration: Irmela Meng
Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Neurowissenschaften (IZN)
Universität Heidelberg
Neuenheimer Feld 366
69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0)6221 / 54 - 16503


Doctoral Program of the Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology (IPMB)

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Christian Klein

IPMB Medizinische Chemie
Universität Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 364
69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0)6221 / 54 - 6442
Fax: +49 (0)6221 / 54 - 6430


Doctoral Program of the Department of Infectious Diseases - Molecular Virology

Contact: Dr. Ilka Rebhan

Department Molecular Virology
Im Neuenheimer Feld 344
69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0)6221 / 56 - 4225


Doctoral Program of the Biochemstry Center of Heidelberg University (BZH)

Coordinator: PD Dr. Cordula Harter

Biochemie-Zentrum der Universität Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 328
69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0)6221 / 54 - 6758
Fax: +49 (0)6221 / 54 - 4163


PhD-Program of the Institute of Pathology

Coordinator: Dr. Kai Breuhahn

Institut für Pathologie
Universität Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 220/221
69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0)6221 / 56 - 4675
Fax: +49 (0)6221 / 56 - 5251


Graduate Program of the Max-Planck-Institute for Medical Research (MPImF)

Contact: Dr. John Wray

Max-Planck-Institut für medizinische Forschung (MPImF)
Jahnstr. 29
69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0)6221 / 486 - 277
Fax: +49 (0)6221 / 486 - 585
Email: john.wray@​


Promotionskolleg des Europäischen Pankreaszentrums, Chirurgische Universitätsklinik (only German)

Speaker: Prof. Dr. med. Thilo Hackert
Deputy speaker: Dr. med. Ulrike Heger

Chirurgische Klinik
Allgemein-, Viszeral- und Transplantationschirurgie
Sektion Pankreaschirurgie
Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 110
69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0)6221 / 56 - 35695 (Dr. med. Heger)


Natural Sciences

Graduate Schools 

Heidelberg Graduate School for Physics

The HGSFP offers a three-year doctoral programme in either Physics or Astronomy, culminating in the degree Dr. rer. nat. Students can carry our research in the fields of Astrophysics, Atomic- Molecular- and Optical Physics (AMO), Biophysics, Condensed Matter, Cosmology, Environmental Physics, Mathematical Physics, Medical Physics, Nuclear and Hadronic Physics, Particle Physics and Physics in Information Technology.

The Graduate School offers training at the forefront of modern day research and accommodates students's needs with individual study plans and mentoring. For admission, a Master's degree in physics is required. Alternatively, persons who have completed a four-year Bachelor's degree can enter our 4+4 programme. International candidates who are interested in joining the dynamic and vibrant environment that the Graduate School and Heidelberg have to offer should consult our website and apply through it.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Werner Aeschbach
Institut für Umweltphysik
Universität Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 229
69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0)6221 / 54 - 6331

Phone: +49 (0)6221 / 54 - 19635
Fax: +49 (0)6221 / 54 - 19549


Graduate School of Mathematical and Computational Methods for the Sciences

The HGS MathComp is the premier graduate school for scientific computing, the powerful combination of mathematics and computer science, in Germany. The school is located at one of Europe’s most prestigious academic institutions, Heidelberg University. We offer our PhD students a uniquely structured, interdisciplinary education in a vibrant research environment. Our international programme enables students to pursue innovative PhD projects with a strong application-oriented focus – from physics to cultural heritage. Our members are top experts in their fields and work on projects that combine mathematical methodology with topical research issues. Individual mentoring and career-building programmes ensure that our graduates acquire all qualifications for top positions in industry and science.


Director: Prof. Dr. Robert Scheichl

Administrative director: Dr. Michael J. Winckler

Heidelberg Graduate School of Mathematical and Computational Methods for the Sciences (HGS MathComp)
Universität Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 205
69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0) 6221 / 54 - 4981

LGF Research Training Groups  

Mathematical Modeling for the Quantitative Biosciences (MMQB)

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Anna Marciniak-Czochra

Institut für Angewandte Mathematik
Universität Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 205
69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0) 6221 / 54 - 4871
Fax: +49 (0) 6221 / 54 - 5331


Basic building blocks for quantum enabled technologies

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Selim Jochim

Physikalisches Institut
Universität Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 226
69120  Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0) 6221 / 54 - 19472


Digital law

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ekkehart Reimer, Prof. Dr. Michael Gertz

Juristische Fakultät
Universität Heidelberg
Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 6-10
69117 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0)6221 / 54 - 7467
Email: (;


International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS)  

Astronomy and Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg

Speaker: Prof. Hans-Walter Rix
Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie
Königstuhl 17
69117 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0)6221 / 528 - 210
Fax: +49 (0)6221 / 528 - 339


Precision Tests of Fundamental Symmetries

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Manfred Lindner
Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik
Postfach 103980
69029 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0)6221 / 516 - 800
Fax : +49 (0)6221 / 516 - 802


Quantum Dynamics in Physics, Chemistry and Biology

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Christoph H. Keitel
MPI für Kernphysik
Postfach 10 39 80
69029 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0)6221 / 516 - 150
Fax: +49 (0)6221 / 516 - 152

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