RUB Research School

Research Explorer Ruhr

Two-week Summer School for Early Postdocs (to be)

Call 2021 UPDATE:
Due to the pandemic, RER will take place virtually in December 2021. Only applications to RUB professors are possible this year. In the first week of August, our hosting professors' profiles will be made available on this website and then there will be time for applications until August 31
. Unsolicited applications to professors not explicitely listed are also welcome. Please reach out to us first before contacting the potential professor.

Research Explorer Ruhr (RER) is a teaser program for international advanced doctoral researchers and recent postdocs (< 1 year after PhD) interested in exploring our university and the research landscape in the Ruhr area. The program is conducted entirely in English. The invitation includes travel expenses and accommodation.

Join in to work out research compatibility and possibilities to come back as a postdoc with your own funding. To this end, you will get the chace to participate in customized workshops on the German university system and proposal writing for postdoc funding, get to know the Ruhr Area as a potential place to work and live, and meet your host researchers working on research topics of your interest.

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. Ever since then, the program has been run by Research Academy Ruhr. Please follow the link for more information on the program and application process on this website.

Some interesting facts about the program

  • So far, our 87 Explorers came from 29 countries and all continents
  • 58% belonged to the Humanities and Social Sciences, 42% came from Engineering, Natural, or Life Sciences
  • 40% of our Explorers were female. We would like to encourage women to apply!
  • 13 Explorers returned to our university for a postdoc. Have a look at our Sucess Stories!