Helmholtz Graduate Schools – Working Across Disciplines

Helmholtz Graduate Schools provide PhD training in a broadly defined subject area (for instance, "Energy", which might cut across several research institutes from photovoltaics to wind power and fusion research).  Helmholtz Graduate Schools, which have typically over 150 students, sometimes contain the Helmholtz Research Schools which are smaller (up to 25 students) and have a more tighly defined subject field (for instance, DNA folding). 

Helmholtz Graduate Schools have extensive curricula which support progress towards a student's PhD, professional development and career progression.  Helmholtz Graduate Schools are partnered with the universities which award the PhD and students have access to both the extensive facilities of the Helmholtz Research Centre which hosts the Graduate School and the associated universities. 

There is encouragement and funding available for international research stays and students play a large part in shaping their own training programmes. 

Doctoral supervision standards at the Helmholtz Association are high and, typically, the PhD student has a primary supervisor (at either a Helmholtz Research Centre or associated university), a secondary super (from the Helmholtz Research Centre or associated university) and an external supervisor bringing an external view to the development of the student.  This 'Thesis Advisory Committee' (TAC) structure differs depending on the scientific and educational emphasis at each Helmholtz Research Centre but is the broad model designed to ensure an excellent education for the student. 

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