Trainee Network

The HIDA Trainee Network


The HIDA Trainee Network was established at the initiative of the Helmholtz Centers and is a Helmholtz-wide exchange program for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers whose research has a strong connection to (applied) information or data sciences. The Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy (HIDA) financially supports up to three-month long research stays at another Helmholtz Center. Our goal is to spark collaborations between the centers and build an interdisciplinary community of data scientists.

Here you can find an overview of all Helmholtz Centers of the Association.



  • For the participants: Gain interdisciplinary experience. Apply your data science skills at another center and bridge domains, learn new skills and expand your research portfolio.
  • For Host Centers: Benefit from fresh ideas and methods from other domains or your own, build collaborations with data science talent nationwide.
  • For Home Centers: Train your data science talent in new methods and skills from other research domains or your own, build collaborations with other centers.

The Grants

HIDA offers two funding options for trainee network participants:

1. Receive funding for travel and material expenses (up to 2.000 EUR per month): For Helmholtz-internal doctoral and postdoctoral researcher with active employment contracts with one of the centers throughout the duration of research stay. You organize your research stay as a business trip. HIDA will reimburse your Helmholtz Center (Home Center) after the exchange.

2. Receive a research grant to finance your research stay (2.860 EUR per month plus subsidies, please find more details in the  HIDA Guidelines for Research Grants). For Helmholtz-associated postdocs who are affiliated with a Helmholtz Center but are employed at a university or other partner organization.  You take a leave of absence from your organization and receive the research grant from the receiving Helmholtz Center (Host Center). HIDA will reimburse the Helmholtz Center after the exchange.

PLEASE NOTE: Further information on funding options can be found  here. Please contact your supervisor and your  contact person at your Helmholtz Center in advance to find out which funding option is suitable for you.





Have a look in our  FAQs or write us an email at You may also get in touch with the  contact persons at the Helmholtz Centers. If you are a supervisor at one of the Helmholtz Centers, find further information  here.



Find your host

You want to apply, but you don't know yet who you could ask to be your host? Click on the button and find some profiles of Helmholtz PIs who would be happy to welcome you in their research groups.



In the following video get some hints how you could find further Host Supervisors:


The application for the HIDA Trainee Network program is closed – the next call for application will start next year, 2022.




All applications are reviewed by the HIDA Office for completeness and whether the eligibility of the chosen funding option is correct. It is also checked whether the exchange is between two Helmholtz Centers. Participants are then selected by a selection committee on the basis of the application submitted. The selection committee consists of the HIDA Steering Committee, which is composed of representatives of the Helmholtz research fields and the Helmholtz Information & Data Science Schools.

The funding is awarded in particular on the basis of the applicant’s motivation, the quality and originality of the project, and its basic feasibility within the timeframe of the planned research stay. Furthermore, a connection to data or information science and the added value for the research portfolio of the Helmholtz Association must be clearly evident. The funding approval is made in agreement with the centers.



After your research stay, applicants are asked to provide HIDA with a report of their activity at the host center. The final report should be submitted to the HIDA Office within 3 months of completing the research stay. Upon receipt of the final report, the HIDA Office will send a certificate of participation in the HIDA Trainee Network.                     


Do you have questions about the application process or program?

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We are looking forward to hearing from you!