Building up an international network and collecting international experience early during your doctorate is a crucial factor for your academic career and important for your further career steps beyond academia.
Research School supports your early independence by funding your internationalization activities. We award two prizes twice a year – the International Realization Budget (IRB). The IRB is a personal grant and enables our doctoral researchers to individually plan a long-term internationalization concept and to implement it throughout their whole doctorate.
Read more about the doctoral researchers who have been funded since 2020 and their projects and get inspired.
The IRB is a grant of 7.500 € that can be used for various kinds of international outgoing activities during the time of your doctorate:
- research stays at international research institutions
- field research
- participation in international conferences, workshops, or summer schools
The IRB can be used exclusively for international activities. The budget covers costs for
- fees for conferences, summer schools, or workshops
Note that the IRB does not cover material costs, daily allowances (“Tagegelder”), or staff costs. In case you feel uncertain if your IRB can be used for a certain activity, please reach out to us at RUB Research School.
Does the IRB exclude me from applying for other funding of Research School?
No. However, you should spend your IRB first before you apply for a further outgoing funding of Research School. A remaining amount of the IRB would be settled against the funding requested in your application.
In case you are interested in inviting an international scientist to RUB, please submit a PR.INT application. You can also organize a scientific event at RUB as an IRB grantee and submit an application for PR.INT Event.
- Master students can apply within their final semester. If you have not been accepted as a doctoral researcher by your faculty yet, you have to submit a letter of your future supervisor confirming the supervision and the estimated start of the doctorate.
- Doctoral researchers during their first year of the doctorate. The time between the acceptance as a doctoral researcher (letter of acceptance by the faculty) and the decision on your IRB grant should not exceed 12 months.
Please note that the first activity can be carried out only once you have already started your doctorate!
Submitted applications have to be formally complete and comprehensible for non- experts. They must contain:
- Final grade of the master studies (if available) or transcript of records
- List of prizes, stipends
- Additional skills and qualifications, panel memberships
- Publication list (if applicable)
- Teaching experience (if applicable)
Review criteria concerning the internationalization concept:
- Impact on your doctorate
- Scientific quality and general significance
- Impact on your international network & visibility
- Sustainable impact on RUB’s international network & visibility
Your application will be reviewed by two members of our Early Career Researchers Board (ECR Board). Based on these reviews, our Executive Board will decide which applicants will be invited to present their internationalization concepts at a colloquium. This will take place with members of the ECR Board and the Executive Board. Based on the funding recommendation given by the ECR-Board after the colloquium, the Executive Board will make the final decision.
Interested students and doctoral researchers are invited to attend a personal consultation on the IRB and its application procedure at RUB Research School. Please contact Dr. Sarah Gemicioglu for an appointment.
Find the application form here.
An application needs to include:
- Completely filled application form including personal data, information on the doctoral project, its internationalization concept, and its benefit for the applicant
- Two letters of reference
- Proof of the qualifications given (e.g., final grade of master studies, prizes, stipends, additional skills and qualifications, panel memberships, publications, teaching experiences, etc.)
- Document of acceptance as doctoral researcher or confirmation of future supervisor
Outline your individual internationalization concept and benefits for your doctorate. This does not need to include a fully detailed list of activities and timetable. You can already apply for funding even if you do not have a fully detailed plan (budget, time frame) of all your international activities during your doctorate yet.
Consider the review criteria while writing your application!
Spring Call 2022
Deadline application: March 2
Invitation colloquium: April
Fall Call 2022
Deadline application: September 7
Invitation colloquium: October