Carry out your own PhD project in natural sciences & engineering

The Hector Fellow Academy (HFA) offers fully-funded PhD positions in natural sciences, informatics, mathematics, medicine, psychology, or engineering. Ambitious prospective PhD students get the chance to realize a self-developed research project within the discipline of a Hector Fellow.
Hector Fellows are a community of 24 outstanding professors from different research institutions across Germany who have been recognized by the Hector Foundation for their excellent performance and their merit in research and teaching.

Activities and responsibilities

  • Preparation of a self-developed, innovative research proposal for a relevant scientific issue within the research field of one of the Hector Fellows
  • Master's degree (or equivalent) with excellent performance
  • Very good English skills
  • Willingness to move to the location of the Hector Fellow's university (Germany), if necessary

Eligibility criteria

Your application will be evaluated according to your academic grades, the feasibility and maturity of your research proposal, and how well the chosen topics fits the research field of the orefered hector Fellow.

Qualification profile

PhD students get the opportunity to carry out a self-developed research project under supervision of one of the Hector Fellows. They are employed as full-time research assistants at the university of the corresponding Hector Fellow for three years.

Apply with your innovative, high-quality research proposal in the discipline of one of the Hector Fellows!

Current application deadline: March 31, 2020

We offer

The salary is determined by the institute’s guidelines (according to TV-L 13, up to 100%, based on the funding rates of the DFG for PhD students). In addition, they receive grants for research expenses and can participate in selected training activities.

Send application to

Hector Fellow Academy gGmbH
Stefanie Peer
Schlossplatz 19
76131 Karlsruhe
Phone: +49 721 608 47018

How to apply:

Please use our online application portal.
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About Hector Fellow Academy gGmbH

Die Hector Fellow Academy ist eine junge Wissenschaftsakademie. Sie bietet den Trägerinnen und Trägern des Hector Wissenschaftspreises eine Plattform zur Vernetzung, zum interdisziplinären Austausch und zur gegenseitigen Inspiration. Darüber hinaus fördert sie aussichtsreiche Nachwuchswissenschaftler/-innen. Im Jahr 2013 wurde die Hector Fellow Academy gegründet. Heute gehören der jungen...
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