• Creating the Future

    The Hector Fellow Academy initiates innovative research projects on latest scientific problems.


I am in my last semester of my master/ I finish my Master in …, can I apply?
Yes, you can apply. Upload your transcript of records or a provisional master certificate. Please be aware that you have to finish your master until the end of this year and hand in your certificate before you can start the doctorate. As soon as you have your certificate, please send it to us.

I already have a doctorate, can I still apply for a position?
If your field of interest is different from what you have done in your previous doctoral program then, yes, you can apply at Hector Fellow Academy for a position.

I applied last year or before but was unsuccessful. Can I apply again?
Yes, you can re-apply. You will need to re-upload your application.

Is there any age limit to apply for a doctoral position?
Please be aware that our doctoral positions aim at promoting young and excellent scientists at the beginning of their career. For this reason, we recommend you to have a Master degree which is less than five years old. Thus, we will review your application in regard to your profile and qualification if you decide to apply nevertheless.

I am not a citizen from the European Union, can I still apply for a position?
The call is open to excellent students from around the world. There are no restrictions regarding your country of origin.

Is it mandatory to have an IELTS or TOEFL certificate to apply? What is the minimum grade required?
Applicants must have excellent English skills. However, an English language certificate is not mandatory for the application. If available, an IELTS or TOEFL certificate can be uploaded. We will take it into account if it is there, but it will not negatively impact your application if you cannot hand it in on time.

Are German language skills mandatory?
German language skills are no precondition for the doctoral program. However, applicants must have excellent English skills.

What are your research areas?
As only you know what the specific focus of your doctorate will be, we recommend you to take a look at the different research areas of our Hector Fellows. On our website, you can find all the research areas within the Hector Fellow Academy. For your application, you define the matching Hector Fellow as a potential supervisor for your application. The profiles of our Hector Fellows are provided here:
Please check the Hector Fellow’s profiles if he/she is available for supervising doctoral projects!

I am interested in …, can you please tell me whom of the Hector Fellows can supervise me?
It is your responsibility to choose the Hector Fellow, whose field of research fits your proposal. On our website you can find all the research areas represented in the Hector Fellow Academy. Just go to the profile page of each Hector Fellow and look at their current research fields.

Can I still apply for a doctoral position when my supervisor is not one of the Hector Fellows?
The funding of the Hector Fellow Academy is bound to the supervision of a Hector Fellow. It is not possible to apply for funding without having a supervisor from the Hector Fellow Academy. Therefore, you are not eligible to apply if you were already accepted for another position.

The topics available do not match my research interest, can I still apply for a position?
Your research topic needs to fit within the research interest of a Hector Fellow. The funding is bound to the supervision of your research by a Hector Fellow. If you haven’t found your field of research in the fields of one of the Hector Fellows, then unfortunately there might not be much of a chance for your application.