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Research Explorer Ruhr

Research Explorer Ruhr (RER) is a programme for international early career researchers (doctoral or early postdoctoral level), who are interested in exploring the research landscape in the Ruhr Area and Bochum in particular.

If you consider doing a postdoc at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, but are not sure if it is the right fit for you, RER offers you the opportunity to come to Bochum for a 2-week stay to explore postdoctoral opportunities at an institute that fits your research profile.

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 find research profiles from participating RUB professors (2017) arranged according to research areas on the left side of this page. Updated profiles for 2018 are coming soon. 

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


Dates and Deadlines:

Interested RUB-Professors provide profiles by January 31, 2017 (closed)

Call for international applicationsfrom February 1 through March 7, 2017 (closed).

Decision/Invitation of Guests: Late-March 2017 (closed).

Research Explorer Ruhr: June 18 - July 01, 2017.

Schedule for RER 2017: 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


International doctoral researchers and postdocs, who have finished their PhD not more than 1 year ago, are invited to apply for a spot in the Research Explorer 2017 at Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Professors at RUB are offerering to host one guest at their institute for the last 2 weeks in June 2017. 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. 

******Programme June 18 - July 01******

June 18     Arrival

June 19     Welcome Day, Introduction "German Research Landscape"

June 20     Workshop "Making Your Research Career in Germany"

June 26     Workshop "Write Successul Research Proposals"

June 29     Science College

July 01      Departure

You find the profiles of the participating professors under "hosts and application" and can apply directly from February 01, 2017. All organisational questions can be solved with Jörn Benzinger from the coordination office at Research School, for scientific questions please contact the professors directly. 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, International Support Early Researchers: PhD.X, VIP, Research Explorer, Starthilfe)

Room: FNO 01/146
Phone:  +49-(0)234-32-27124
Fax: +49(0)234-32-14912

Office Hours:
Monday, 10.00 - 12.00
Thursday, 14.00 - 15.30

No office hours from July 17 through July 28!

Best Practice

Best Practice


"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!