Young Researchers Fund

  • Yixin J., Doktorandin, Medizinische Fakultät
  • Paul F., Doktorand, Kirchhoff-Institut für Physik
  • Tanja E., Doktorandin, Institut für Politische Wissenschaft

The Young Researchers Fund aims to support outstanding doctoral candidates – through contributions or endowments in any amount.

Current funding instruments:
  • Completion grants for a maximum of 1,000 euros a month for up to six months
  • Travel allowances of up to 1,500 euros to make possible research stays or participation in international conferences and workshops.
The fund was set up as a permanent fund to promote young researchers through donations and endowment contributions.

Selection of supported doctoral students (travel allowances)

Yixin J. (doctoral student, Medical Faculty)

Yixin J., doctoral student, Medical Faculty
"Thanks to the travel allowance, I was able to take part in the second largest radiology conference in the world. It gave me the opportunity to meet many outstanding radiologists and learn more about the current state of research in my field."
I am from…
Suzhou, a beautiful city near Shanghai which is more than 2,500 years old.
I like Heidelberg because…
although it is quite a small city, it is still very international and cosmopolitan. You are really able to meet people from all over the world.
After finishing my doctorate, I would like to…
I am not sure, yet. I would like to stay in Heidelberg but could also imagine working in China or in the US
I chose Heidelberg University because…
it is one of the best universities for medicine.
My nicest experience at the University was…
when my advisor suddenly decided to hold our department's scientific meeting in English, because I still didn't speak any German.
In my research, I analyse…
CT and MRT images to better diagnose focal and diffuse hepatopancreatic diseases. The images also help me to directly observe the disease pattern and assess the effect of clinical therapies.

Status as of July, 2018


Means of the Young Researchers Fund allowed Yixin J. to attend the European Conference in Vienna. In addition to the possibility of exchanging with international colleagues, one of the nicest experiences was to win the best presenation in her field of research.

You would also like to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of an international conference? Then have a look at our picture gallery, below.


Paul F. (doctoral student, Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics)

Paul F., Doktorand, Kirchhoff-Institut für Physik
"I work on innovative organic-inorganic perovskite solar cells. They were first discovered in 2012 and are now among the most efficient solar cells in existence, with many new application possibilities. The conference* was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet, in a relaxed atmosphere, leading researchers in my field whose names were familiar only from publications."
* Hybrid Electronic and Photonic Materials and Phenomena, Hong Kong
For me, typical Heidelberg is…
that there are many young people as well as the beautiful nature.
I have decided to do my doctorate at Heidelberg University because…
it was really exciting for me to be the first doctoral student at a completely new interdisciplinary institute at the Centre of Advanced Material.
What fascinates me about my field is…
that I was able to contribute to the understanding of the basic properties of perovskite solar cells.
Status as of August, 2018

Examples of supported talents in the past

Dr. Katharina J. (Postdoc, Germanic Seminar)

Dr. Katharina J., Postdoc, Germanistisches Seminar
I have decided to do my doctorate at Heidelberg University because…
I was able to benefit from the expertise of people at Heidelberg University that was really important for my doctoral phase. Besides, Heidelberg University is characterized by many cooperations with renowned universities at home and abroad.
The travel allowance allowed me…
to immerse myself in the scientific culture as an affiliate academic in English speaking countries – a key step after having completed my doctorate as well as after having started my postdoc.
My favourite place on campus is…
I don’t have a favourite place on campus but what makes Heidelberg University so appealing is the possibilty to switch between various charming locations.
My thesis dealt with…
the discursive attribution of responsibility in the mass media during the economic crisis from 2008 to 2010.

Status as of November, 2017

Tanja E. (Doctoral student, Institute for Political Science)

Tanja E., Doktorandin, Institut für Politische Wissenschaft
The travel allowance allowed me…
to get to know top researchers in my field of research, to get valuable feedback for my own research as well as to defend my own work against criticism.
For me, typical Heidelberg is …
the combination of progress and comfort.
Moments during my studies in Heidelberg that will last forever…
"Tanja, there is no such ONE Buddhism!“ – this is what one of my lecturers told me in one of my very first seminars in my Minor, theology, when I was trying to reproduce what I have read in some introductory book. The sentence is one of the most important sentences of my studies in Heidelberg because it always reminds me to have a look at seemingly simple social phenomenons in a more differentiated way.”

Status as of August, 2017


Santander Summer School for Doctoral Candidates

Since 2013, young researchers from renowned universities in Latin America, Europe and Asia meet regularly in Heidelberg, Chile, India and Japan to discuss innovative research topics with a view toward societal development. With the increasing internationalisation of research, it is important to encourage the mobility of today‘s young researchers. The Santander Summer School for Doctoral Students makes a significant contribution to this effort.


Bruno K.,
Doktorand, Universität Zürich

"This has been my first summer school and I really appreciate being part of it. What I love about this summer school is that the course is not so huge. You can get in touch with other students and professors and share advice. Everyone is so helpful. Also, the location is perfect, small and cozy. I like it."

Bruno K.,
doctoral student, Universität Zürich,
participant of the 2017 summer school
"Social Processes and Mental Health"



We want to thank Santander Universitäten for its support which also makes sure that this exchange will continue for the next couple of years.

Santander Summer School 2017 „Social Processes and Mental Health" took place at the International Academic Forum Heidelberg from April 17 to April 26, 2017. Learn more about Santander Summer School.


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