Call for Students – Helmholtz & IDSI (Virtual) Exchange Program

Get to work with data scientists from Helmholtz’ leading research centers and work with them on interesting projects in our (virtual) exchange program. We are happy to partner with the Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy.

What is the exchange program?

The purpose of this IDSI and HIDA Summer Exchange is to bring together data science talent from associated institutions to work together on predefined research projects. These projects should advance the participant’s skill-set in research, information and data science methods. Principal investigators (PI) shall welcome the other institution’s participants in their labs and to their teams, and ensure that they have the necessary support and resources to succeed in their projects. The participating researchers shall share credit for the results of the project. This experience at each other’s institutions shall serve as the foundation for ongoing scientific collaboration between Helmholtz centers and Israel DS centers.

The exchange program is open to Bachelor and Master students, as well as to doctoral researchers and postdocs from DS centers in Israel. At Helmholtz, the program is open to doctoral researchers and postdocs.

What can participating data scientists expect?

  • Interesting and challenging data science problems that expand the participants’ skill-sets and knowledge of methodologies
  • Experienced scientists that mentor and support their professional development in data science methods and their application in the six Helmholtz research domains

Due to the ongoing pandemic, this exchange program is planned online-first:

  • If travel is not possible by summer 2021, you will work with data scientists from Germany virtually (as side projects to your studies/work). 
  • If travel is possible in summer 2021, you will be hosted by German data scientists in their labs for six weeks and get to work with them onsite.

The Israeli universities, through their Data Science research centers and faculty research funds, will cover living expenses for their participants’ six-week stay at the HIDA lab. In return, HIDA finances Helmholtz participants’ stays at the DS centers in Israel.


Join our Q&A session on April 7, 2021 and learn more about the projects and hosts from Helmholtz . The hosts will give short presentations of their projects and will be there to answer your questions.

How do I take part?

In order to participate as a data scientists at HIDA’s lab, please choose a project from the list below:


In addition, please fill out the questionnaire, which you can find at your DS center’s coordinators.

Apply now until May 07, 2021.

Potential hosts will see your application form and will be able to invite you to take a part in their project.

What’s the timeline?

  1. Project applications open March 15, 2021.
  2. Q&A session April 7, 2021, 13:00.
  3. Project applications close May 07, 2021.
  4. Participants are informed by end of May.
  5. Projects/exchanges can start anytime thereafter. Onsite visits can take place until December 2022.
Questions? Feedback? Get in touch with Shani Levy, coordinator of the IDSI (
About HIDA (
HIDA offers training in Information and Data Science to doctoral researchers and postdocs. As a central forum and innovation hub, HIDA facilitates the interdisciplinary exchange of Data Science expertise between all of the Helmholtz Centers and research fields. HIDA connects six regional Helmholtz Information and Data Science Schools and ensures exchange between them. What’s more, HIDA cooperates with top-level universities and research institutions nationally and internationally to further knowledge exchange in Data Science methods and skills within the Helmholtz Association and beyond.