At KIT, there are more than 3,000 doctoral researchers. Of these, about 30 percent come from abroad.
The promotion of young scientists plays a central role both in KIT's umbrella strategy ("KIT 2025") and in its successful University of Excellence concept "Living the Change". More than any other institution, KIT supports young scientists in financing their doctorate: 76 percent of its doctoral researchers have at least a 50 percent position, according to a survey conducted among doctoral researchers by the Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS), KIT’s central coordination and communication platform for young scientists. They are particularly satisfied with the premises, the access to the laboratory, the technical equipment, and the team atmosphere.
Doctoral researchers conduct independent and interdisciplinary research at KIT at an early stage, for example within the framework of (structured) doctoral programs such as graduate schools or Research Training Groups. In addition, KIT offers all doctoral researchers a comprehensive range of services to support their international networking, qualification, and career development during their doctorate.
As the central institution for the promotion of junior researchers at KIT, the KHYS is the contact office for (prospective) doctoral researchers, postdocs, and supervisors. It is also the connecting element for the doctoral programs at KIT and provides advice on doing a doctorate at KIT, among other things.
Further contact offices can be found below.