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German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) International PhD Fellowship 2021

The Helmholtz International Graduate School for Cancer Research in Heidelberg warmly invites you to apply to the DKFZ and join our many distinguished scientists in cancer research

The DKFZ is Germany’s largest biomedical research institute and has an international and dynamic work environment, providing students with access to state-of-the-art research facilities and exceptional resources. More than 500 PhD students in over 100 divisions and research groups carry out research to unravel the causes and mechanisms of cancer development and to identify novel tools for diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

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About German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)

The DKFZ International PhD Program in Heidelberg (also known as the Helmholtz International Graduate School for Cancer Research) is the interdisciplinary structured graduate school for all PhD students working at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). Our PhD students conduct research at the forefront of basic, computational, epidemiological and translational cancer research.... read more


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DKFZ PhD Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of DKFZ PhD Scholarship

  1. All PhD positions at the DKFZ are fully funded for three years. The salaries are competitive by national standards. There is no tuition fee.
  2. Doctoral researchers awarded a PhD position through the biannual selection roundsare funded either by a DKFZ PhD contract (65 % of a TVöD EG 13) or by third-party funding from their group leader.
  3. In addition to DKFZ PhD positions, the DKFZ offers scholarships to international PhD candidates in collaboration with the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) within the Graduate School Scholarship Programme.

Requirements for DKFZ PhD Scholarship Qualification

  1. Applicants still studying for their master’s degree should anticipate to receive it not later than 6 months after they have been accepted to the PhD program.
  2. A transcript or provisional certificate from the university, stating the examination marks already obtained, should be provided.
  3. During completion of the online application form you will be required to upload a scanned copy of your certificates as a JPEG or PDF file of not more than 3MB.

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Application Deadline

December 15, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) on www.dkfz.de to apply

 If you have questions about the online application process, please check the FAQs.

For more details, visit DKFZ website



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