Carry out your own PhD project! - Fully-funded PhD positions in natural sciences & engineering

At the Hector Fellow Academy you get the opportunity to realize a self-developed research project under supervision of a Hector Fellow. The Hector Fellows are a community of outstanding professors from different research institutions across Germany. They have been recognized by the Hector Foundation for their merit in research and teaching within natural sciences, informatics, mathematics, medicine, psychology and engineering. At the Academy they pass on their expertise to prospective young scientists.

Your profile

Are you enthusiastic about developing and investigating an innovative research idea within the discipline of one of the Hector Fellows? Do you hold a master’s degree in a scientific or engineering subject with excellent grades? You stand out from your peers due to your strong commitment and independent work? Are you team oriented and communicative? Are you willing to change your place of residence to the location of the university of the supervising Hector Fellow?

Our offer

Our PhD students are employed as full-time research assistants at the university of the corresponding Hector Fellow for a period of three years. The salary is determined by the institute’s guidelines (according to the general pay scale of German universities approx. 47,000 EUR gross income per year). In addition, Hector Fellow PhD students receive grants for research expenses (15,000 EUR per year) and are given the opportunity to gain interdisciplinary expertise and relevant soft skills by participating in selected training activities.

Your application

Apply with your innovative, high-quality research proposal via our Application Portal.
Current application period: August 1st - October 31st, 2016

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