The approximately 5,000 PhD students working in the various Helmholtz Centres contribute significantly to the outstanding research conducted within the Association today. They are also the leading scientists of tomorrow. Thus the Helmholtz Association regards supporting and training doctoral students as one of the main goals of its talent management strategy.
The Initiative and Networking Fund has funded Helmholtz Graduate Schools and Helmholtz Research Schools since 2006 with the aim of providing a qualitative and quantitative addition to the existing range of choices for available in Germany. These schools offer doctoral students a well-structured framework with professional guidance and supervision by senior researchers and a custom-tailored curriculum that enables them to acquire key professional qualifications and complementary skills.
Structured doctoral training in the Helmholtz Association is based on uniform standards and guidelines agreed upon by all Centres.
Helmholtz Juniors is an initiative launched by doctoral students and PhD candidates in the Helmholtz Association with the aim of fostering exchange and networking among their peers, improving the conditions they work in and expanding the range of advanced training opportunities available to them.