Strong research collaborations within the UA Ruhr

Doctoral Programs and Research Groups at a Glance

With two Clusters of Excellence, more than 40 Collaborative Research Centres and Transregios, over 30 Junior Research Groups, and about 40 Research Training Groups and PhD programs, the universities of Bochum, Dortmund, and Duisburg-Essen offer excellent working conditions for early career researchers.

The diverse doctoral programs enable a successful start to a research career through excellent supervision, professional and interdisciplinary qualification as well as close contact to other doctoral and postdoctoral researchers at University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr).

The three UA Ruhr universities provide an environment for top-level research and support in developing a personal profile at all career stages. Numerous Junior Research Groups and research awards reflect the excellent achievements of our postdoctoral researchers.

© Damian Gorczany/Research Academy Ruhr

Doctoral Programs:

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Coordinated at a UA Ruhr university


Junior Research Groups and Prizes:

NRW Junior Research Groups/NRW Postdoc Return Program

Program “Digital Society NRW”

BMBF Junior Research Groups

BMBF Junior Research programs 

BMBF Junior Research Competition NanoMatFutur

BMEL Junior Research Groups

Momentum - Funding for Recently Tenured Professors




Clusters of Excellence and Collaborative Research Centres at UA Ruhr:

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Explore Materials Chain (EXMAC)

EXPLORE Materials Chain (EXMAC) enabled 30 Materials Chain Junior Professors and Junior Research Group Leaders to invite international postdocs to the three UA Ruhr Universities. Within a two-week stay, from 27 October to 14 November 2018, invitees had the opportunity to work on joint research projects, proposals or partake in excursions. The concept was developed by the flagship program Materials Chain and the Research Academy Ruhr. In 2018, EXMAC received an award in the DFG competition "International Research Marketing".

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