Research Explorer Ruhr

Explore your Postdoc Opportunities in the Ruhr Area

Research Explorer Ruhr (RER) is a program for international early postdoctoral researchers (to-be) interested in exploring the research landscape of the University Alliance Ruhr.

Benefit from workshops on postdoc funding schemes and research career options in Germany! Networking events and excursions will help you become acquainted with the thriving Ruhr Area as a potential place to work and live.

When? 16 June 2024 (arrival) to 30 June 2024 (departure)

Who? Doctoral researchers in the final stage of their PhD & early postdoctoral researchers (<1 year after receiving their doctoral degree)

Call for application and schedule 2024 (PDF)

Flyer Research Explorer Ruhr 2024 (PDF)

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Call for applications (2024)

Apply from January 16, 2024, for a spot in this year's Research Explorer Ruhr! Join in to work out research compatibility with a professor of your choice and explore possibilities to come back for a longer postdoc stay with your own funding. The deadline for applications is 24 February 2024. You can download the call for applications (PDF) here.

How to apply?

There are two possibilities for you:

1) Apply to a professor’s profile
Our professors are currently registering as hosts for RER 2024. From January 16, 2024, you will find the profiles of the participating professors. This list will be constantly updated. You will be able to conveniently apply directly at the end of each profile:

Fill in the application form you can find at the end of each host’s profile and send it with your academic CV as well as a publication list to by 24 February 2024.

2) Unsolicited application
We accept unsolicited applications as of now. In case you would like to work with a researcher at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University, or the University of Duisburg-Essen, who has not uploaded a profile, please fill in the application form (PDF) and send it with your academic CV and a publication list to by 24 February 2024 so that we can get in touch with the respective professor.

Important notes:

  1. Do NOT send any kind of application to a professor directly.
  2. We will not look for a potential host for you, this is your task.

Helpful Information

International doctoral researchers, who have already submitted their doctoral thesis, and early international postdoctoral researchers, who have recently finished their PhD, are invited to apply for a spot in Research Explorer 2024. If you are thinking of doing a postdoc in the Ruhr Area, but are not sure if it is the right fit for you, Research Explorer Ruhr is the right program.

Our professors offer to host one guest at their institute. During this time, you can work out cooperation opportunities, research compatibility and possibilities to come back as a postdoc with your own funding.

Research Academy Ruhr funds your stay (travel, visa, accommodation) and will offer a program of workshops on funding options and cultural activities to round off the experience.

A preliminary schedule will be published here in good time.

Research Explorer Ruhr gives you the opportunity to invite interesting international early postdoctoral researchers (to-be) to a two-week stay at your university. Research Academy Ruhr will cover travel and accommodation costs.

In addition to an introduction to the German research system, the accompanying program will also include a workshop to successfully raise funds for a postdoctoral position. If these guests wish to return as postdocs, the candidates themselves are responsible for obtaining the appropriate funds and scholarships.

All organizational questions and planning with the guests are handled by Research Academy Ruhr so that you can concentrate on joint research questions or projects. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jörn Benzinger.

Kontakt Foto Dr. Jörn Benzinger

Contact for organizational questions

Dr. Jörn Benzinger
RUB Research School
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Universitätsstr. 150, FNO 01/133
44801 Bochum
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-27124

For scientific questions please contact the professors directly.

Feedback from some of our Research Explorers in 2023

Success Stories


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