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Research Explorer Ruhr

Research Explorer Ruhr (RER) is a two-week summer programme for international early postdocs interested in exploring the research landscape in the Ruhr Area and Bochum in particular.

Join in and explore research opportunities at our most excellent chairs and institutes. Benefit from workshops on postdoc funding schemes and research career options in Germany! A series of networking events and guided excursions will help you becoming acquainted with the striving Ruhr Area as a potential place to work and live.

The programme is conducted entirely in English and the invitation includes travel expenses and accommodation.

For more in-depth information about the programme and its procedure you are most welcome to check out our report of the last years. 

CALL 2018: You can already find research profiles from participating RUB professors on the left side of this page. More and more professors will be consecutively uploading new profiles, so please check our website regularly. You can conveniently apply directly at the end of each profile. 

Please note: we also accept unsolicited applications for RUB professors not providing a profile! We will then get in touch and ask if they are willing to host an international guest.

Please check below for more details or check out this PDF Flyer!


Dates and Deadlines:

Interested RUB-Professors will be providing profiles by January 31, 2018 (check for updates regularly)

Call for international applications: by 1 March 2018.

Decision/Invitation of Guests: mid-March 2018.

Research Explorer Ruhr: 17 - 30 June 2018.

Exemplary Schedule for RER: PDF-Download





Finding a postdoc position can be difficult - not only for the candidate, but also for institutes. If you are thinking of doing a postdoc at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), but aren’t sure if it is the right fit for you, this is the right program for you. We offer a scholarship to visit RUB for two weeks to explore an institute that fits your research profile. 

Research School PLUS will cover the following costs for invited guests:

  • Travel to and from Bochum
  • Visa costs
  • Accomodation in Bochum
  • Lunch vouchers every day

While guests are at RUB, they get the chance to participate in workshops on the German university system and proposal writing (for postdoc funding proposals), get to know Bochum and the Ruhr Area culturally and scientifically and meet scientist working on relevant research questions. Together with the hosts at RUB the invited guests can work out cooperation possibilities and scientific compatibility. 

Guest Information

Guest Information

**CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Deadline 1 March 2018**

International doctoral researchers and postdocs, who (will) have finished their PhD not more than 1 year ago, are invited to apply for a spot in the Research Explorer 2018 at Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Professors at RUB are offerering to host one guest at their institute for the last 2 weeks in June 2018. During this time, you can work out cooperation opportunities, research compatability and possibilities to come back as a postdoc with your own funding. Research School, RUB's graduate school, is funding your stay (travel, visa, accomodation) and will offer a programme of workshops and cultural activities to round off the experience. Participation in workshops or other activities is voluntary. 

******Preliminary Programme 17 - 30 June 2018******

June 17     Arrival

June 18     Welcome Day, Introduction "German Research Landscape"

June 19     Workshop "Making Your Research Career in Germany"

June 25     Workshop "Write Successul Research Proposals"

June 28     Science College

June 30     Departure

You find the profiles of the participating professors under "hosts and application" and can apply directly by 1 March 2018. All organisational questions can be solved with Jörn Benzinger from the coordination office at Research School, for scientific questions please contact the professors directly.

Important note: In case you would like to work with a RUB researcher who has not uploaded their profile, please send your application to nonetheless so that the coordinator can get in touch with the local professor. 


Dr. Jörn Benzinger

• Research School PLUS Coordinator, Incoming Funding Lines: PhD.X, VIP, Research Explorer, Starthilfe)

Room: FNO 01/133 (new!)
Phone:  +49-(0)234-32-27124
Fax: +49(0)234-32-14912

Office Hours (not on July 5 and 9)
Mondays 10-12
Thursdays 14-16




"Before participating in the Research Explorer Ruhr programme, I knew that I wanted to try and build my career in Germany, but I had no idea where to begin. The programme was carefully tailored to help the ‘Explorers’ find our feet, and to build linkage with renowned scholars at the Ruhr University Bochum. It provided workshops on the German research landscape, and on writing research proposals tailored to our fields. It was a terrific experience to spend two weeks with other researchers from across the world as we learnt about the possibilities for future research collaboration in the Ruhr. I am extremely grateful to my host, Stefan Berger at the Institute for Social Movements, and to Jörn Benzinger from the Research School for putting it all together. And I will never forget my first (or second, or third) experience with Bochum’s local delicacy, the curry wurst!"
-Dr. Liam Byrne, University of Melbourne, Australia

"The RUB Research Explorer Ruhr Program was excellent! It gave me the opportunity to connect with mentors at the Institute of Social Movements, as well as conduct research on a new project on female political prisoners in Germany in the library of the Institute and the RUB. The unique structure of the program provided both guidance and freedom to pursue new academic endeavors in Germany. I hope to return as a postdoc and enjoy beautiful Bochum again in the near future!"
-Dr. Alexandria Ruble, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

"The Research Explorer was a major step in my career development as I had the opportunity to meet an outstanding research group in Microbial Biotechnology and share many laboratory experiences. During my stay, we've manage to develop a new research project combining my previous scientific background from Brazil and novel methodologies from the host professor at RUB."
- Dr. Renato Montagnolli, Sao Paulo State University, Brazil

"Research Explorer Ruhr (RER) is an excellent program for those who have an intention to continue their postdoctoral research in Germany. I had an opportunity to communicate with researchers form different countries, cultures and of various professions. We explored the university, got to know the German system of higher education. RER provided a good platform to the participants to exchange some methodological and educational experiences: we presented our ongoing research during sessions. Due to the well-organized schedule, we had also extra time for visiting the library, exploring the sights and visiting 'Total Bochum' festival."
- Dr. Garnik Harutyunyan, Yerevan State University, Armenia

Click here to get to the overview of 2015's Research Explorer Ruhr!