Quick links for doctoral candidates
heiDOCS - Doctoral studies in Heidelberg
heiDOCS is the comprehensive quality management program for doctoral candidates and early stage researchers at Heidelberg University. You will find further information about the program and its goals below.
Doctoral studies in Heidelberg – Ways of pursuing your doctorate
It is possible to obtain a doctoral degree in any of the subjects offered at the university. Doctoral studies can be carried out on an individual basis or within a structured doctoral program.
Doctoral studies in Heidelberg – Doctoral guidelines
On the pages below we provide information about the academic prerequisites for doctoral studies, the steps necessary for beginning your studies, language requirements, funding and doctoral regulations. If you need more information, we will be happy to help you.
Formal steps and requirements
Doctoral studies in Heidelberg – Arriving and Living in Heidelberg
We can help you with information about entrance visas and residence permits, various forms of insurance, finding housing, living in Heidelberg and much more.
Living in Heidelberg
Information for doctoral candidates
Services for doctoral candidates
The Graduate Academy Service Center can help you with most general questions about doctoral studies. For questions regarding the academic requirements and formalities specific to your subject, you should contact the doctoral studies office of your faculty. The Graduate Academy also offers an academic writing support service for doctoral candidates.
Advising and Support – Representative body for doctoral candidates / Contact persons
The Doctoral Students Convention is the official body representing all doctoral candidates at Heidelberg University. In cases of conflict, doctoral candidates can contact the ombudspersons for confidential advice and mediation. The interdisciplinary doctoral networks serve as platforms of exchange for all young researchers at Heidelberg University.
Funding – Doctoral fellowships
The Graduate Academy provides information about funding organizations and structured doctoral programs. The Service Point team will assist you in your search and application for various types of funding (information about sources of funding, advice on writing research proposals etc.)
Funding programs by the Graduate Academy
Doctoral candidates can apply to the Graduate Academy for completion grants, travel grants, publication grants and teaching assistantships.
Other funding opportunities
We provide information about funding for conferences or research trips, about opportunities for female postdocs and about the employment market.
Career Development – Qualification and advanced training
The Graduate Academy offers workshops tailored to all stages of your doctoral studies and we have information about courses offered by other facilities at the university. Graduate schools and structured doctoral programs can also book courses with us that are specially customized for the needs of their students
► Graduate Academy seminar program
► Workshops for structured doctoral programs
► Events and lecture series
► Good scientific practice during your doctoral training
► More courses for doctoral candidates
International doctoral training in Heidelberg
We support cooperation with international institutions and assist doctoral candidates in finding funding for research trips abroad. Another form of international doctoral training is the binational “cotutelle de these”.
On the pages below you will find the Graduate Academy information material as well as services provided by other university facilities.
► Graduate Academy seminar program for doctoral candidates
► Information brochures for doctoral candidates
► Guide "Shaping a Doctorate Together" for doctoral candidates and supervisors
► Bibliography and reference management software