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 here conduct research at the forefront of basic, epidemiological and translational cancer research. The curriculum is in English and includes scientific and professional training.

Duration: 3-4 years
Research areas:
  • Cell Biology and Tumor Biology
  • Functional and Structural Genomics
  • Cancer Risk Factors and Prevention
  • Tumor Immunology
  • Imaging and Radiooncology
  • Infection, Inflammation and Cancer
  • Translational Cancer Research
  • Applicants must hold or expect to hold a university master’s degree including a written master’s research thesis.
  • Degree must be in the following subjects: (molecular) biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computational biology, computer science or epidemiology/public health studies.
  • Applicants pursuing their degree must anticipate receiving it not later than 6 months after the application deadline.
  • Applicant must provide provisional certificate or bonafide statement from the University, stating the examination marks already obtained, should be provided.
  • Applicant must provide evidence English Language Skills
  • Submit online application
  • Applicant must provide the following information:
  • Educational qualifications, honors, skills and interests
  • Statement of motivation
  • 2 Letters of recommendation

The next application deadlines are: 15 December 2022.

Quick Overview————-
OrganizationGerman Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
Fellowship LevelDoctoral
Subject areas

Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computational Biology, Computer Science Or Epidemiology/Public Health Studies

Fellowship amountVaries
EligibilityOpen to all nationalities
Deadline15. December 2022.


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