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.

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Within the framework of 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 framework of the “University of Excellence” funding program

Prof. Dr. Martin Frank

Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC)/Institut für Angewandte und Numerische Mathematik (IANM)

Within the framework of the “University of Excellence” funding program

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Sauer

Institut für Katalyseforschung und -technologie (IKFT)

Within the framework of the “University of Excellence” funding program

Prof. Dr. Markus Garst

Institut für Festkörperphysik/ Institut für QuantenMaterialien und Technologien (IQMT)

Within the framework of the “University of Excellence” funding program

Prof. Dr. Frank Gauterin

Institut für Fahrzeugsystemtechnik (FAST)

Within the framework of 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)


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

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Behm (University of Ulm)

apl. Prof. Christine Kranz (University of Ulm)


Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener

Institute of Applied Physics and Institute of Nanotechnology

Prof. Dr. Uwe Bunz

University of Heidelberg


Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lemmer

Light Technology Institute


Prof. Dr. Ulrich Nierste

Institute for Theoretical Particle Physics (TTP)


Prof. Dr. Ralf Mikut

Institute for Automation and Applied Informatics (IAI)


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Hinz

Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (IPF) 


Prof. Dr. Nicholas Foulkes

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


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).

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Prof. Dr. Christof Weinhardt 

Institut für Informationswirtschaft und Marketing (IISM)


Prof. Dr. Martin Heilmaier

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


Prof. Dr. Marcus Elstner

Institute of Physical Chemistry (IPC)


Prof. Roman Sauer

Institute of Algebra and Geometry (IAG)


Prof. Thomas Wetzel

Institute of Thermal Process Engineering


Prof. Klemens Böhm

Institute for Program Structures and Data Organisation (IPD)


Prof. Thomas Böhlke

Institute of Engineering Mechanics (ITM)


Prof. Hans-Achim Wagenknecht

Institute of Organic Chemistry (IOC)


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. 

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Prof. Dr. Frank Breitling

Institut für Organsiche Chemie (IOC)


Prof. Dr. Mario Ruben

Institute for Nanotechnology (INT)


Dr.-Ing. Giovanni De Carne

Institut für Technische Physik (ITEP)


Prof. Dr. Joaquim Pinto

Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung


Prof. Dr. Michael Meier 

Institut für Organische Chemie (IOC)


Prof. Dr. Thomas Schwetz-Mangold

Theoretische Astroteilchenphysik


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Olaf Dössel

Institut für Biomedizinische Technik (IBT) 


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

Institut für Produktentwicklung (IPEK) 


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marcus Geimer

Institut für Fahrzeugsystemtechnik - Institutsteil Mobile Arbeitsmaschinen 


Dr. Robert Kruk 

Institute of Nanotechnology (INT)


Studienzentrum für Sehgeschädigte (SZS)


Prof. Dr. Stefano Passerini 



Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ahmet Cagri Ulusoy 

Institut für Hochfrequenztechnik und Elektronik (IHE)


Prof. Dr. J.-D. Grunwaldt

Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ITCP)


Prof. Dr. Christian Koos

Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics (IPQ)


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gisela Lanza

Institute of Production Science (WBK)


PD Dr. Christine Blattner

Institute of Toxicology and Genetics (ITG)


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Dehn

Institute of Concrete Structures and Building Materials (IMB)


Prof. Dr. Holger Puchta

Botanisches Institut (BOTANIK)


Dr. Guido Link

Institute for Pulsed Power and Microwave Technology at a Glance (IHM)


Dr. rer. nat. Michael Wörner

Institute of Process Engineering in Life Sciences (BLT)


Dr. Ottmar Möhler

Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung - Atmosphärische Aerosol Forschung (IMK-AAF)


Dr. Peter Stemmermann

Institut für Technische Chemie (ITC)


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Doppelbauer

Elektrotechnisches Institut (ETI)

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.

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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)


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Johannes Blümer 

KIT Distinguished Senior Fellow


Prof. Christof Weinhardt

Institute of Information and Market Engineering (IISM)


Prof. Dr. Stefan Nickel

Institute of Operations Research (IOR)