Doctoral Students' Office
Heidelberg University

Doctoral Students' Office

Further Contacts

Service and Advice:
Graduate Academy

Acceptance as doctoral candidate and exams:
Faculties' Doctoral Offices

Advice and Mediation:
Ombudsperson for Doctoral Students


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As a Nacaps partner Heidelberg University conducts a survey on doctoral conditions and plans for the professional future. Together with the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW), the general living conditions of doctoral candidates and doctorate holders are also surveyed.

Nacaps Website Externer Inhalt

Structured Doctoral Programmes

Heidelberg University offers graduate schools, research training groups and similar structured doctoral programmes in all fields of research.

Structured doctoral programmes

doctoral student convention

The Doktorandenkonvent (doctoral student convention) aims to represent all of Heidelberg University' doctoral students and their interests as an independent group within the university.
Doctoral Student Convention

Regulatory Framework
Live of the doctoral candidate

The Heidelberg research map will display information regarding variety of research, geographical location of the doctoral candidates and timelines.

Social Media

The newsletter regularly informs you about news concerning scholarships, doctoral programmes and other topics related to graduate training.

Subscribe to newsletter

the heidocs project

heiDOCS will be developed at the university as an integrated quality programme for the doctoral candidates and junior researchers. It aims at establishing and strengthening a lively quality culture of support for the doctoral candidates and postdocs. [More...] (Ger)


heiDOCS - Doctoral Students' Portal


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With approximately 1,300 doctorates per year, Heidelberg University is one of the most attractive centres for doctoral training in Germany, also among international junior researchers. More than 20 percent of doctorates are written by international candidates - one of the highest numbers in Germany.

Doctorates at Heidelberg University

In principle, doctorates can be written in all subjects offered by Heidelberg University. Heidelberg University is proud to offer a wide range of doctorate programmes with a very divers level of structuring - individual doctoral training, as well as small and medium sized training groups or large graduate schools..


Online Doctoral File

The Online Doctoral File within heiDOCS portal accompanies Heidelberg doctoral candidates throughout their whole research phase - from registration to the publication of the doctoral thesis and graduation. Registered doctoral candidates can access the content and functions in their electronic doctorate file at any time via the heiDOCS portal.

Login to Online Doctoral File

Registration and creating a user account



The consulting team of the Graduate Academy Service Centre is happy to assist and advise doctoral candidates from all disciplines on a wide variety of topics.

Graduate Academy Service Centre

Individual language advice in German and English

Endnote and Citavi – Software Programs for Managing References and Bibliographies

Information Brochures for Doctoral Candidates

[All services offered...]


Career Development

The Graduate Academy offers their doctoral candidates a seminar programme tailored to thier needs and a wide variety of further education.

Graduate Academy Seminar Programme

Doctoral Students' Week

Other Course Providers

Portal for Further Education (Ger)

[All offers available...]



Through individual and personal advice, Heidelberg Universtiy helps doctoral candidates find funding for their doctoral project.

Doctoral Fellowships


Doctoral Positions

Short-Term Research Trips

[All funding offered...]


Excellent Support for Junior Researchers

Heidelberg graduate schools provide structured doctoral programmes that offer excellent specialist training with interdisciplinary teaching, advisory and other services built in to create the ideal environment for successful qualification of young researchers.


Doctoral Portraits

Living in Heidelberg

Heidelberg has a very high standard of living. The city and region offer an excellent variety of leisure activities, including culture, sports and cuisine.

Living in Heidelberg

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