Yvonne Matthes
International Office
Personnel Affairs Department
Phone: +49 351 260 2821

Dr. Kay Potzger
Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research
Phone: +49 351 260 3244


About the program

Is the program suitable for you?

Our summer student program is addressed to students of natural and related sciences, who want to join our research teams in Dresden some time between July and September. Master's students from all over the world are welcome to apply. Please check the eligibility criteria.

What is the goal of the program?

Research at the HZDR has many facets, providing students with the unique opportunity of working in natural sciences (physical and life sciences) while focusing on fundamental or application driven research or technology development. Summer students will be an integral part of research groups. The tasks, which will be assigned to the summer students, will include hands-on operations in the labs to data analysis, scientific computing and theoretical science. It is a good opportunity to learn about day-to-day scientific life.

In which language is the program conducted?

English will be the language of communication at the workplace. We expect applicants to be fluent in English (spoken and written).

How long will the Summer Student program last

Students and their supervisors can agree on the period of time they will be at HZDR. The minimum length of stay is six weeks and the maximum is nine weeks. Based on previous years' experience, we recommend a stay of eight weeks. It is important that participants are present during the entire lecture period (29 July to 30 August 2024).

Who will become an HZDR summer student?

Participants will be selected based on the quality of their resume, their academic grades and the content of the letter of recommendation from a professor, group leader or scientist from their university, capable of evaluating the applicant’s performance and achievements.

What kind of support will the students receive?

The students will receive the following scientific and financial benefits:

  • Scientific lectures (between end of July and end of August 2022)
  • Individual discussions and meetings with their supervisor
  • Feedback about their overall performance at the end of the program
  • Free accommodation during the whole stay
  • A grant of 36,-€ per day (enough to cover everyday expenses)
  • Travel insurance and bus tickets
  • There will be no financial support available for the flight tickets or other trip costs.
  • Generally, students are responsible for trip and visa issues.