Due to the strong demand and due to funding cuts by the DAAD, unfortunately no applications for pre-graduation scholarships, teaching- and research assistantships or for contact scholarships can be accepted this year. The budget has been used up for the financial year 2022.

Unfortunately, the funding for DAAD STIBET Doctoral Candidates has been completely cancelled for the budget year 2023. For further inquiries, please contact Oliver Kaas, DE INTL.

Research Assistantships

In the context of the DAAD-STIBET-doctoral candidates - Program, we offer research assistantships for doctoral candidates from abroad carrying out their doctoral projects at KIT. The aim of the research assistantships is to integrate doctoral candidates from abroad into their chair´s research activities and to acquaint them with scientific activities different from their own research projects. 

The research assistantships are arranged in accordance with DAAD-guidelines. The overall workload adds up to 5 hours per week which corresponds to comparable workloads of regular student assistants (Wissenschaftliche Hilfskräfte).

Type of funding: Research Assistantship.
Monthly rate of funding: Ca. 450,- € pre-tax per month.
Application Deadlines: Applications are possible at any stage of the PhD-project. 


Target group

Foreign doctoral candidates and postdocs.



Applications are accepted from doctoral fellows who are currently receiving university funding or from doctoral candidates who do not receive any funding at all. Doctoral candidates funded by a third-party scholarship are not entitled to apply.



  • The application must be sent via email by the applicant doctoral student.
  • For data protection reasons, the letter of recommendation must be submitted directly by the supervisor (Doktorvater/Doktormutter) via an encrypted email.


Documents to be submitted

  • Cover sheet.
  • Application letter by the supervisor confirming and explaining the content of the additional research project.
  • CV of the applicant.
  • For doctoral candidates: Official acceptance letter for the doctorate by the department valid until the date of defense.
  • For doctoral candidates who started at KIT after 1st January 2015: Registration at KHYS.
  • For non-EU citizens: Scan of the current residence title.

The application documents will be treated as confidential and will only be used for deciding on the graduation scholarship. 

Please send the application documents in electronic form by email to the International Scholars and Welcome Office (DE INTL): oliver kaas∂kit edu.



The application will be reviewed by internal audit. Information on the outcome is provided in writing.


Contractual arrangement

Funding is provided as a teaching assistant on a Hiwi (student assistant) contract basis for a term of 1-5 months (depending on research activities) and is granted in accordance with DAAD guidelines. The weekly workload is approximately 5 hours per week. This corresponds approximately to the workload of regular student assistants (Wissenschaftliche Hilftskräfte). The monthly amount of the grant is approximately EUR 450 pre-tax per month. The legal requirements, in particular the regulations regarding taxes and duties, 



After the funding period a short final report shall be drawn up together with a photo of the doctoral candidate. The report will be published on the website under personal accounts.

Project contact person: Oliver Kaas

Supported by the DAAD with funds from the Federal Foreign Office.


Das Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS) ist die zentrale Einrichtung für Nachwuchsförderung am KIT.