Research Academy Ruhr

Joint support for early career researchers within the University Alliance Ruhr

Research Academy Ruhr (RAR) is the cross-university platform for promoting early career researchers within the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr). Under RAR's umbrella, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), TU Dortmund University (TUDo), and the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) jointly offer an interdisciplinary qualification and networking program for the different stages of academic careers (doctoral research, Postdoc phase, Junior Faculty).

Workshops, hands-on career and networking events as well as a mentoring program strengthen the development of personal and academic skills and prepare for a career in research, business, and society. The offers address the approximately 10,000 early
career researchers in the UA Ruhr and promote the mutual exchange of ideas, both within specific research fields and across individual disciplines.

The qualification program within RAR is a voluntary, interdisciplinary offer set up and coordinated by the local institutions for the promotion of early career researchers: RUB Research School, Graduate Center TUDo and the Graduate Center Plus of the UDE.

Flyer: About Research Academy Ruhr (PDF)

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What are RAR’s benefits for early career researchers?

RAR offers UA Ruhr’s advanced Master's students, doctoral researchers, postdoctoral researchers, and Junior Faculty*:

  • Participation in local qualification programs of the three UA Ruhr universities
  • Customized development of personal and professional competencies
  • Advice on career paths and options within academia and beyond
  • Exchange with experts from research, business, and society
  • Support for international activities
  • Easier access to research-related training offers on faculty and department level
  • The development of research-related networks within UA Ruhr and beyond

RAR also promotes the visibility of UA Ruhr's excellent research conditions on an international level by hosting international postdocs as well as offering consultation sessions and workshops at career fairs all around the world.


Roll it!

What does cross-university promotion of early career researchers in the UA Ruhr mean? In this video, researchers themselves have their say:

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Doctoral Programs and Research Groups at UA Ruhr

With numerous doctoral programs, junior research groups, and Collaborative Research Centres, the UA Ruhr offers excellent working conditions for early career researchers.


RAR is a joint platform of the three UA Ruhr universities for promoting early career researchers. The set-up phase (2017–2021) was funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Mercator Research Centre Ruhr (MERCUR).


You can find the contact persons for the qualification offers within RAR on the respective program pages.

For other questions regarding RAR, please contact the RAR coordination office.