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Research Explorer Ruhr

Research Explorer Ruhr (RER) aims to increase the international visibility of Ruhr University at the Postdoc level.The program offers young researchers the opportunity of a two weekexploratory visit to the university. During this time, the guests and hosting institutions meet directly, get to know each other and explore research interests, infrastructure and possible cooperation in the future. 

All professors at RUB are invited to host potential candidates and Research School matches applicants and hosts according to their interests. Costs of travel, accommodation and visa are covered by Research School PLUS for the two week period. Beyond that, prospective postdocs need to procure their own funding if they wish to work at Ruhr University. To help them do so, the program includes a workshop on proposal writing.

Research Explorers 2015


In 2015 the first group of international guests visited Ruhr University. 11 guests and 8 hosts in Bochum spent two weeks working and getting to know each other. Research and the question of scientific cooperation within the hosting institutions were the central aspects of the visit.

Research School organised a supporting qualification and social program to complete the experience. The guests were invited to make use of the workshop offers of Research School, and all of them participated in the workshop “How to write a successful research proposal. 

Naturally, the visiting researchers explored not only Ruhr University and its offers, but also the Ruhr Area as an exciting and vibrant place to live. A visit to the Bergbaumuseum and a guided tour of Bochum were, of course, part of the programme.

Several guests have expressed their intention to return as Postdocs or visiting researchers and are now working on funding proposals together with their hosts in Bochum.