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? 19 June 2022 (arrival) to 2 July 2022 (departure)
Hosts and Application
This year's call for applications closed on 15 March 2022.
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 2022. 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.
- January 2022: UA Ruhr Professors Apply
Faculty of Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University, and the University of Duisburg-Essen hand in their research profiles, indicating their commitment to host international guests.
- 7 February 2022: Call for Applications
Host profiles will be uploaded and the call is open until 15 March.
- March 2022: Hosts Select Candidates
- April–June 2022: Virtual Exchanges with Hosts
Individual meetings and exchanges between our Explorers, their hosts, and research groups about potential postdoc projects and alike. In case both host and Explorer agree on writing a joint research proposal to finance a longer postdoc stay at one of our universities, we invite the candidate to explore the research environment and colleagues for a two-week stay at the University Alliance Ruhr.
- 19 June to 2 July 2022: Two-week Stay at University Alliance Ruhr
Candidates will have the opportunity to get to know their hosts and research groups in person and work with them on a research proposal. The program will also include networking events and workshops on funding opportunities in Germany. Topics will be e.g.: The German research landscape, Particularities of academia, Exploiting funding opportunities, Developing a competitive proposal. A detailed workshop schedule will be available in good time.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jörn Benzinger.
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.
For all organizational questions please contact:
For scientific questions please contact the professors directly.
Hossein visited RUB as part of the Research Explorer Ruhr (RER) class of 2019 and successfully applied for a two-year Humboldt fellowship consequently. He is currently staying with Prof. Dr. Ingo Steinbach at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation (ICAMS). His comments on our program:
» RER provides a great international atmosphere with a mixture of science, culture, friendship, and fun. I especially liked the hospitality of RUB. Aside from winning an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship, I was able to launch interesting collaborations in my field. By the way, it depends on the attendee how much they take advantage of RER! «
Dr. Hossein Jafarzadeh, Research Explorer Ruhr Fellow 2019
Susana was part of our Research Explorer Ruhr cohort of 2018 and stayed with Prof. Dr. Estrid Sørensen at the chair of Cultural Psychology and Anthropology of Knowledge. Susana was offered a postdoctoral position thereafter. Her comments on our program:
» The Research Explorer Ruhr was a great experience. I met amazing people from Germany and all over the world. I found a great group in Bochum, where I began my postdoc career and learned about European academia. The research and teaching experience I got when I later came to Bochum was key in getting the permanent position I have now in the Netherlands. «
Dr. Susana Carmona Castillo, Research Explorer Ruhr Fellow 2018
Dieter was a fellow of RER 2018. He successfully applied for a DAAD Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2020 and additionally visited Bochum as a Research Assistant in 2021. He has been working with Prof. Dr. Stefan Berger's team at the Institute for Social Movements and has handed in an application for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Fellowship. His comments on our program:
» Attending the Research Explorer Ruhr (RER) in July 2018 enabled me to deepen my research collaboration with Prof. Stefan Berger, Director of the Institute for Social Movements. This collaboration eventually resulted in the successful application for a DAAD-Postdoc Research Fellowship. The RER was a crucial step in my successful grant application process for the application writing workshops and the exchange with international scholars from diverse academic and regional backgrounds improved my skills that are necessary for writing successful grant applications. «
Dr. Dieter Reinisch, Research Explorer Ruhr Fellow 2018
Tomohiro visited RUB as part of the RER class of 2018 and successfully applied for a Humboldt fellowship consequently. He decided to stay one year with Prof. Dr. Gerhard Röhrle at the Faculty of Mathematics. His comments on our program:
» Through the Research Explorer program, I met the host and collaborators for my Humboldt fellowship. Knowing the research environment such as people, facilities, (and good restaurants) definitely helps when you apply for a Humboldt fellowship! «
Dr. Tomohiro Uchiyama, Research Explorer Ruhr Fellow 2018
What other former explorers say about Research Explorer Ruhr:
Dr. Alexandria Ruble, Explorer 2017, now Assistant Professor at Spring Hill College, USA
Dr. Juliana Rizzo, Explorer 2018, now Postdoctoral Fellow at Institut Pasteur
After being an exclusive offer from Ruhr-Universität Bochum from 2015 to 2018, Research Explorer Ruhr has been open to all three universities of the University Alliance Ruhr (+University of Duisburg-Essen and TU Dortmund University) since 2019.
|Juliane Bazzo, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul State
Eugene Lee, Korea Foundation
Alejandro Llanes Mazon, INDICASAT AIP / Acharya Nagarjuna University
Hemant Arya, Pondicherry University
Neffer Gomez, Federal University of Parana
Jiangliang Yin, Sichuan University
Leticia Dobler, UFRJ - Federal University from Rio de Janeiro
Ricardo S. Martínez, National University of Luján
Adam Simmons, Lancaster University
Mrigendra Singh Kushwaha, The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai.
Pankojini Mulia, GITAM University
Vedran Sulovsky, Cambridge
Jacinto Páez, Diego Portales University
Hossein Jafarzadeh, Sharif University of Technology
Hernán Maltz, University of Buenos Aires
Asmita Ghosh, CSIR New Delhi
Junqi Zhang, University of New South Wales
Hirshikesh Hirshikesh, IIT Madras
Movaffaq Kateb, University of Iceland
Ana Maria Schonhobel, University of Basque Country
Thaiany Pedrozo Campos Antunes, Centro Universitário Saúde ABC
Ailim Schwambach, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.
Samuel Grauer, Georgia Institute of Technology
|Prof. Dr. Mihran Dabag
Prof. Dr. Marion Eggert
Prof. Dr. Ralf Erdmann
Jun. Prof. Dr. Sulamith Frerich
Prof. Dr. Lukas Gooßen
Prof. Dr. Thomas Günther-Pomorski
Prof. Dr. Thomas Happe
Jun. Prof. Dr. Verena Krebs
Prof. Dr. Deniz Kus
Prof. Dr. Corinna Mieth
Prof. Dr. Klaus Oschema
Prof. Dr. Birgit Sandkaulen
Prof. Dr. Gunter Scholtz
Prof. Dr. Ingo Steinbach
Jun. Prof. Dr. Yasmin Temelli
Prof. Dr. Konstanze F. Winklhofer
Prof. Dr. Carolin Birk
Prof. Dr. Uwe Bovensiepen
Prof. Dr. Michael Farle
Prof. Dr. Norbert Fuhr
Prof. Dr. Philipp Jugert
Prof Dr. Khadijeh Mohri
|Carlos Andres Ortiz Bravo, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Soumia Hamdani, Ferhat Abbas Setif-1-University
Anna Perdibon, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jason Olsen, Ulster University
Paula de França, University of Campinas
Olha Tikhonova, University of Lisbon
Deborah Obor, Bowen University
Carlos Roberto de Oliveira, Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro
Seilendria Ardityarama Hadiwardoyo, Universiteit Antwerpen
Mohammad Al-Rashaida, University of Deusto
Ratton Coppos Alice, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Mayssa Kalach, American University of Beirut
Nora Gueliane, EHESS of Paris/Sétif University
Anik Gupta, CSIR
Sushma Kurapati, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Zhe Zhang, Beihang University
Fatemeh Mamashli, University of Teheran
Bo Yi, College of Computer Science and Engineering
Matthew Johnson, University of Waikato
Nandana Marga Shivarama, National Institute of Technology Karnataka Surathkal
Hermawan Angaa, Shinshu University
Dsouza Shaima Magdalina, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
Tran Tan Nhat, Hokkaido University
|Prof. Dr. Marcus Grünewald
PD Dr. habil. Rebecca Janisch
Prof. Dr. Martin Radermacher
Prof. Dr. Matthias Hastall
Prof. Dr. Steffen Lütz
Jun.-Prof. Dr. René Westerholt
Prof. Dr. Manuel Wiesche
Prof. Dr. Christian Wietfeld
Prof. Dr. Stefan Wolf
Prof. Dr. Jochen Gönsch
Prof. Dr. Mike Gralla
Jun.-Prof. Dr. René Westerholt
Prof. Dr. Lukas Gooßen
Prof. Dr. Ralf-Jürgen Dettmar
Prof. Dr. Uwe Czarnetzki
Prof. Dr. Dr. Jörg Tatzelt
Prof. Dr. Steffen Bondorf
Prof. Dr. Mihran Dabag
Prof. Dr. Frank Walther
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Doris Segets
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carolin Birk
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Röhrle