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International Training

A key element of the Helmholtz Graduate School Environmental Health (HELENA) is to promote the international network of graduate students. Your opportunity: 1,500 € for international conferences and 3,000 € for research stays!

International Conferences

HELENA supports active participation of its members at international conferences with up to 1,500 €. Graduate students must present a poster or talk.  

Research Stays

Research stays abroad expand your horizons. In other labs you can learn new techniques essential for your doctoral work, gain new insights into research areas and exchange ideas with international colleagues. Established international networks will help you a lot at numerous stages of your career. International experience is one of the key factors for many positions in academia and industry and important for the successful application for many research grants. The sooner you begin building your network, the better. HELENA will support graduate students with up to 3,000 € for this purpose. If the number of applications are very high, HELENA reserves the right to award the funding for research stays in a competitive manner. Graduate students can apply for a research stay abroad only one time.


After the research stay, we ask the graduate student to provide a short report of their research stay for marketing purposes.

Important information

When can I apply for a financial support?

Only graduate students who have completed their first Thesis Committee meeting can apply for financial support. The written documentation of the Thesis Committee meeting has to be sent to the Graduate Student Office.

Please note: Complete applications have to be submitted to the GSO at least 4 weeks prior to the planned travel date.

Which forms do I have to fill to apply for financial support?

HELENA graduate students with HMGU working contract should fill the following forms:

Every business trip should have a reference number ("Vorgangsnummer"). The reference number will be provided by the HELENA Graduate Student Office after the travel grant is approved by HELENA.

HELENA graduate students with HMGU guest contract (external scholarship or contracts with non-partner universities) should fill the following forms:

For the "Honorar- und Auslagenabrechnungen Form" please contact the administrative office in your Institute/Research Unit.

HELENA graduate students having a TUM working contract and HMGU guest contract should fill the form "Application for TUM Graduate School Internationalization".

HELENA graduate students having a LMU working contract and HMGU guest contract should fill the form "Application for a Travel/Research Stay Grant at LMU".

Please note: Posters and talks must be approved by the Institute director via the electronic system of the HMGU ‘Electronic Publication Application’. The reference number will be provided by HELENA Graduate Student Office after the travel grant is approved by HELENA. Complete applications have to be submitted to the GSO at least 4 weeks prior to the planned travel date. Please always submit an agenda and time schedule of your international conference/research stay.

Publication Policy

All publications (manuscripts, posters for conferences, etc.) must be approved by the Institute director via the electronic system of the HMGU ‘Electronic Publication Application’.

Forms for HELENA members

You can download all available HELENA forms as well as checklists for travel grants in the "forms" area using your HMGU password and username.

Questions? Ask HELENA!