PhD in Environmental Research at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Germany

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ • Leipzig 6 Semesters
Germany Full Time
Doctoral degree Onsite

HI-GRADE, the “Helmholtz Interdisciplinary Graduate School for Environmental Research”, is the graduate school for doctoral researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, in cooperation with partner universities and partner programs. We aim to provide a coherent framework for qualifying a new generation of internationally competitive doctoral researchers in the field of environmental research. Graduate education at HI-GRADE is structured, systematic, and adapted to individual needs.

The HIGRADE program consists of professional and transferable skills training, scientific courses, career development, and networking offers. Skills training is offered by UFZ staff as well as external trainers, and scientific courses are related to the main research areas of the UFZ within the broad field of environmental research.

Our doctoral researchers can choose from the whole range of courses offered, enabling them to combine courses that support the completion of their scientific projects and promote their career development. They are encouraged to work in an interdisciplinary manner in a vibrant research environment with excellent infrastructure. Each doctoral researcher at the UFZ is supported by an advisory committee and the graduate school.

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Course Details:

HI-GRADE consists of a three-year graduate course curriculum combined with an experimental or empirical project leading to a written dissertation. Seminars and courses are conducted in English. A superior Master’s degree or equivalent is required for admission.
Each doctoral candidate will have an advisory committee with partners from the UFZ and partner universities.
HI-GRADE courses cover scientific courses, professional skills training, and career development offers. Successful completion of the program will be recognized with the HI-GRADE certificate.
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Enrollment Requirements:

Exceptional MSc degree in a discipline relevant to environmental research (natural, social, or engineering sciences)

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Costs/Tuition Fees:

Free of ost

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Language Requirements:

Excellent English skills are a prerequisite.

About the University/Institution:

The UFZ is one of the world’s leading research centers in the field of environmental research, enjoying high social recognition. It demonstrates ways in which sustainable use of our natural resource base is possible for the benefit of both humankind and the environment.

Application Deadline:

Applications for open Ph.D. positions are possible throughout the year. For more information, please see

You are welcome to contact our International Office for support when starting at the UFZ: International Office

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