5th of January 2020.


Heidelberg, Germany.

(Paid Opportunity)


Helmholtz International Graduate School for Cancer Research in Heidelberg 

The Helmholtz International Graduate School for Cancer Research in Heidelberg is the interdisciplinary and international PhD program for all students working at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). PhD students conduct research at the forefront of basic, computational, epidemiological and translational cancer research.

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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.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Cell Biology and Tumor Biology.
  • Functional and Structural Genomics.
  • Cancer Risk Factors and Prevention.
  • Tumor Immunology.
  • Imaging and Radiooncology.
  • Infection, Inflammation and Cancer.
  • Computational Cancer Research and Data Science.
  • Medical Physics and Radiopharmacy.
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
  • Cancer Epigenetics.
  • Infection and Immunology.
  • Molecular biology.
  • Biochemistry.
  • Chemistry.
  • Physics.
  • Mathematics.
  • Computational biology.
  • Data/Computer science.
  • Epidemiology/public health studies.
  • Health economics.

For more information about the research topics click here.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

Three years.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Applicants should hold (or expecting to hold) a university master’s degree (MSc or equivalent) including a written master’s research thesis.
  • Applicants should have a background in the field they are applying for.
  • Applicants still studying for their degree should anticipate to receive it not later than 6 months after the application deadline. A provisional certificate or bona fide statement from the University, stating the examination marks already obtained, should be provided.
  • In case the applicant holds a degree that is NOT a MSc (but think it equals MSc), please contact the Graduate Program Office to confirm its eligibility for the program.
  • Degrees from countries outside the European Union are subject to a recognition procedure if a faculty of a German university is chosen.
  • If you hold a bachelor degree, you are unfortunately not eligible to apply.
  • Proof of English Language Skills. The following proof of English is accepted:
    1. TOEFL test with a score of 95+ (internet-based), 240+ (computer-based) or 587+ (paper-based).
    2. IELTS certificate with a band score of 7.0+.
    3. Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE).

Opportunity Cost

(Paid Opportunity)

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

How to Apply

First Step: Applying through the online application system here.

You can find more about the application process click here

Second Step: Upload the required documents in your application. The documents required are the following:

  • Letters of recommendation from two referees.
  • Statement of motivation.
  • Academic certificates.
  • English language certificate.
  • Copy of high school certificate.

Third Step: After the application is accepted, the candidates will be asked to have an interview that will take place at the DKFZ in Heidelberg.

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