Doctoral Programs

As part of KIT's excellence strategy, doctoral programs are important building blocks to ensure optimal conditions for doctoral researchers at KIT. They offer the opportunity to do a doctorate in an interdisciplinary research environment and within the framework of a structured qualification and supervision concept. The Doctoral programs focus on the qualification of doctoral researchers in promising research topics as well as on the support of their personal career development and scientific independence. In addition, the programs promote early networking, internationalization, and interdisciplinary cooperation of the doctoral researchers.

At KIT, young scientists can do research and further qualify themselves in different types of doctoral programs. These differ primarily in the breadth of topics they offer and their size. In addition to graduate schools and Research Training Groups, KIT hosts various other doctoral programs.

Graduate schools are characterized by a broad as well as mostly strong interdisciplinary subject area and comprise a large number of doctoral researchers (approx. 50 – 100). As part of the university of excellence concept, KIT recently established six new graduate schools (KIT Graduate Schools) at six KIT Centers in strategically important subject areas with the "Graduate School Support Program" (GradeUP). Together with the already existing KIT Graduate Schools, including two Excellence Cluster Graduate Schools, each of the eight KIT Centers thus has at least one Graduate School.

funding title (funding period) contact

Within the “University of Excellence” funding program

TT.-Prof. Dr. Christian Wressnegger 

KASTEL - Institut für Intelligente Systemsicherheit 

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Strufe 

KASTEL - Institut für Praktische IT-Sicherheit (PS)

Within the “University of Excellence” funding program

Prof. Dr. Martin Frank

Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC)/Institute for Applied and Numerical Mathematics (IANM)

Within the “University of Excellence” funding program

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Sauer

Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology (IKFT)

Within the “University of Excellence” funding program

Prof. Dr. Markus Garst

Institute of Theoretical Solid State Physics (TFP)/Institute for Quantum Materials and Technologies (IQMT)

Within the “University of Excellence” funding program

Prof. Dr. Frank Gauterin

Institute of Vehicle Systems Technology (FAST)

Within the “University of Excellence” funding program

Prof. Dr. Ingrid Ott
Institute for Economics (ECON)

Prof. Dr. Darko Jekauc

Institute of Sports and Sports Science (IfSS)

DFG

Prof. Dr. Rolf Schuster (KIT, Institute of Physical Chemistry)

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Behm (University of Ulm)

apl. Prof. Christine Kranz (University of Ulm)

DFG

Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener

Institute of Applied Physics and Institute of Nanotechnology

Prof. Dr. Uwe Bunz

University of Heidelberg

MWK/KIT

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lemmer

Light Technology Institute (LTI)

MWK/KIT

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Nierste

Institute for Theoretical Particle Physics (TTP)

HGF

Prof. Dr. Ralf Mikut

Institute for Automation and Applied Informatics (IAI)

HGF/KIT

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Hinz

Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (IPF) 

HGF/KIT

Prof. Dr. Nicholas Foulkes

Institute for Biological and Chemical Systems - Biological Information Processing (IBCS-BIP)

BMBF

Prof. Dr. David Hunger

Physikalisches Institut (PHI)

Prof. Dr. Christian Koos

Institut für Mikrostrukturtechnologie (IMT)

Prof. Dr. Uli  Lemmer

Lichttechnisches Institut (LTI)

Prof. Dr. Uli Nienhaus

Institut für Angewandte Physik (APH)

Prof. Dr. Carsten Rockstuhl

Institut für Festkörperphysik (TFP)

Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener

Institut für Angewandte Physik (APH) 

Research Training Groups are home to a medium number of doctoral researchers (approx. 10 – 25) working within a more narrowly defined research topic. In addition to the doctoral researchers directly funded by the research network, doctoral researchers funded in other ways can also be members of the Research Training Group and benefit from its offerings (as associated doctoral researchers).

funding title (funding period) contact

DFG

Prof. Dr. Christof Weinhardt 

Institut für Informationswirtschaft und Marketing (IISM)

DFG

Prof. Dr. Martin Heilmaier

Institute for Applied Materials – Materials Science and Engineering (IAM-WK)

DFG

Prof. Dr. Marcus Elstner

Institute of Physical Chemistry (IPC)

DFG

Prof. Dr. Roman Sauer

Institute of Algebra and Geometry (IAG)

DFG

Prof. Dr. Thomas Wetzel

Institute of Thermal Process Engineering (TVT)

DFG

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klemens Böhm

Institute for Program Structures and Data Organisation (IPD)

DFG

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Thomas Böhlke

Institute of Engineering Mechanics (ITM)

DFG

Prof. Dr. Hans-Achim Wagenknecht

Institute of Organic Chemistry (IOC)

HGF

Prof. Dr. Ralph Engel

Institute of Nuclear Physics (IKP)

The Collaborative Research Centers (CRC) funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) are long-term research institutions at universities in which scientists collaborate within the framework of an interdisciplinary research program (sometimes across locations). The structured promotion of young researchers is one of the central goals of Collaborative Research Centers and they may therefore also have Integrated Research Training Groups offering excellent research opportunities for doctoral researchers.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions are international research networks of at least three European institutions. These doctoral programs usually include a small number of doctoral researchers (approx. 2 – 4) per location, who have the opportunity to spend up to one third of their doctorate at one of the partner institutions. 

funding title (funding period) contact

EU/KIT

Prof. Dr. Frank Breitling

Institute for Organic Chemistry (IOC)

EU/KIT

Prof. Dr. Mario Ruben

Institute for Nanotechnology (INT)

EU

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Neumann

Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics (IAR)

EU

Dr. Ottmar Möhler

Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research - Atmospheric Aerosol Research (IMK-AAF)

EU

Dr. Peter Stemmermann

Institute for Technical Chemistry (ITC)

EU

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Doppelbauer

Institute of Electrical Engineering (ETI)

EU

Dr.-Ing. Giovanni De Carne

Institute for Technical Physics (ITEP)

EU

Prof. Dr. Joaquim Pinto

Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK)

EU

Prof. Dr. Michael Meier 

Institute for Organic Chemistry (IOC)

EU

Prof. Dr. Thomas Schwetz-Mangold

Institute for Astroparticle Physics (IAP)

EU

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Olaf Dössel

Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBT)

EU

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Albert Albers

Institut für Produktentwicklung (IPEK) 

EU

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marcus Geimer

Institute of Vehicle Systems Technology (FAST)

Institutsteil Mobile Arbeitsmaschinen (MOBIMA)

EU

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gisela Lanza

Institute of Production Science (WBK)

EU

Dr. Robert Kruk 

Institute of Nanotechnology (INT)

EU

Prof. Dr. Stefano Passerini 

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) for Electrochemical Energy Storage

EU

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Stiefelhagen

Center for Digital Accessibility and Assistive Technology (ACCESS@KIT)

EU

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ahmet Cagri Ulusoy 

Institute of Radio Frequency Engineering and Electronics (IHE)

EU

PD Dr. Christine Blattner

Institute of Toxicology and Genetics (ITG)

EU

Prof. Dr. Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt

Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ITCP)

EU

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Dehn

Institute of Concrete Structures and Building Materials (IMB)

KIT is strongly networked within the (international) scientific community as well as industry. KIT cooperates with its partners in particular in the area of doctorate, for example in the form of double degree doctoral programs, doctoral research groups with applied universities, and industrial doctoral programs.

funding title (funding period) contact

MWK

Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwaldt

Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)

MWK

Prof. Dr. Rainer Stiefelhagen

Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics (IAR)

KIT

Prof. Dr. Hans Peter Schmid

Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung - Atmosphärische Umweltforschung (IMK-IFU)

versch. Lehrstühle

Prof. Dr. Oliver Jehle

Institut für Kunst- und Baugeschichte (IKB)

HIRSAP

Prof. Dr. Marc Weber

Head of Division 5

DAHZ/HIRSAP

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Johannes Blümer 

KIT Distinguished Senior Fellow

MWK 

Prof. Christof Weinhardt

Institute of Information and Market Engineering (IISM)

IBM-Bosch-FZI

Prof. Dr. Stefan Nickel

Institute of Operations Research (IOR)