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UKRAINE: 3 Extra Scholarships for Researchers Affected by War

RUB Research School announces three additional off-cycle PhD Exchange scholarships for a 3-6 month research stay at RUB. These three extra scholarships will be accepted outside the regular application periods, so apply now for PhD Exchange! The funded period shall be used to write on grant applications for longer stays. For more information, please see below.

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Foster Exchange with International PhDs

Scholarship for Doctoral Researchers from International Partners

RUB Research School awards PhD Exchange scholarships to international doctoral researchers within an exisiting research cooperation. It is endowed with a monthly stipend of 1.000€ for up to six months. Besides the scientific collaboration and its benefits, guests are encouraged to get to know the German academic system and culture. Reciprocally, we hope that RUB researchers receive an invitation from the partner institution in return.

The supported doctoral researchers will become members of RUB Research School for the time of their research stay. They are welcome to participate in our workshop program and will largely benefit from the exchange with our doctoral community on campus. Thus, we also hope to enrich the interdisciplinary dialogue and networking amongst our young researchers.

One program • Four Positive Impacts: 

Fostering RUB’s International Research Network

This program intends to initiate, revive, or expand a bilateral exchange of doctoral researchers and, accordingly, RUB Research School hopes that the partner institutions invite RUB students for research stays in return. It will sustainably support international research collaboration and networks of RUB's researchers and institutions alike.

PhD Exchange is ideally suited for inviting doctoral students from new partners and exploring whether a cotutelle agreement can be built upon it.

Experience for Young Researchers from Abroad

RUB's doctoral researchers benefit from a wide range of international mobility funds enabling them to explore research opportunites around the globe. We want to enable doctoral researchers from partner institution to benefit from the same experience that a research stay abroad brings.

Internationalization at Home

By invititing doctoral researchers from international partners, we bring international flair and new research perspectives to the campus from which we all benefit.

Prospective Recruitment of International Talent

RUB (junior) faculty can specifically invite doctoral researchers for setting up joint research proposals and exchanging ideas for a return to Bochum as a postdoc after the completion of the doctorate.


The scholarship holders directly receive a monthly amount of 1,000 € for the time of their research stay (3 to 6 months). There are two calls a year with 3 available scholarships per call.


International doctoral researchers are eligible to apply if they have obtained a Bachelor or Master degree from a university outside Germany and are officially accepted/enrolled as doctoral researchers at their home universities.

The home department, institute, or chair of the visiting doctoral researchers must have an existing research cooperation with respective chair or working group at RUB. Applicants have to be involved in this cooperation. The research collaboration has to be documented by a cooperation letter acknowledged by responsible scientists at RUB and the international cooperation partner (see section “Application”).

Review Criteria

The applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • formal completeness of the application
  • academic record of the applicant
  • coherence of research project and work plan
  • importance of the research stay for the applicant (benefit for individual qualification, career perspectives and international networks)
  • integration into an existing international research cooperation at RUB
  • importance of the research stay for the research cooperation (benefit for research outcomes and activities, planned further activities within the cooperation)
  • planned activities and research stays of RUB doctoral researchers at partner university within the research cooperation

Review Process

The review process lasts roughly 7 weeks. The Executive Board decides on the grant approval on the basis of two reviews conducted by a doctoral and postdoctoral resercher of RUB.

Application Deadlines

Calls end on June 15 and November 15 each year.


Applications are submitted by the international doctoral researchers.

You can access the online application form here.

Please complete the application by submitting the following documents with the application form:

  • copy of Master or Bachelor degree containing grades and an explanation of the grading system (if necessary with English translation)
  • formal documentation of the home university that the applicant is currently enrolled as doctoral researcher.
  • completed cooperation letter
  • letter of recommendation by the first supervisor of the home university, commenting on:
    • scientific record of the applicant
    • importance of the research stay for the applicant
    • importance of the research stay for the research cooperation 
    • acknowledgement of the cooperation letter
  • invitation letter by the host supervisor of RUB covering:
    • confirmation that the research project has been discussed and approved
    • importance of the research stay for the research cooperation
    • statement to supervise the invited doctoral researcher during the research stay
    • acknowledgement of the cooperation letter

Our 43 Scholarship Holders

From 19 different countries | 17x STEM, 26x Humanities & Social Sciences

Guest Home University Host Faculty/Institute
Yu Bai Xiamen University, China Prof. Dr. Thomas Happe Biology and Biotechnology
Leticia Cremasco Federal University of Rio Grande do Du, Brasilien Prof. Dr. Sen Cheng Neuroscience
Rosemary Barnett University of Birmingham, UK Dr. Linda Weiß / Prof. Dr. Ralph Tollrian Biology and Biotechnology
Gaziz Seidalinov University of British Clumbia, Canada Prof. Dr. Tom Schanz Civil Engineering
Marta Grifell Junyent University of Copenhagen, Denmark Dr. Sebastian Neumann / Prof. Dr. Thomas Günther-Pomorski Chemistry and Biochemistry
Liang-Jiun Shie National Taiwan University Prof. Dr. Peter Windel Law
Melanie Altanian University of Bern, Switzerland Prof. Dr. Corinna Mieth Philosophy and Educational Research
Jean-Michel Turcotte Université Laval, Quebec, Canada Jun.-Prof. Dr. Fabian Lemmes Historical Sciences
Davide Dalla Rosa Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy Prof. Dr. Birgit Sandkaulen Philosophy and Educational Research
Sergio Alonso Gutierrez Duarte Universidad Nacional de Colombia Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Musch Electrical Engineering and IT
Mariana Villalba de la Pena University of Manchester, UK Dr. Linda Weiß / Prof. Dr. Ralph Tollrian Biology and Biotechnology.
Diego Avendaño Rodríguez Universidad Nacional de Colombia Dr. Fabian Pöhl / Prof. Dr. Werner Theisen Mechanical Engineering
Gary Blumenthal Drexel University, PA, USA Prof. Dr. Patrik Krieger Medicine
Jeremy Hovda KU Leuven, Belgium Prof. Dr. Birgit Sandkaulen Philosophy and Educational Research
Adwoa Yeboah Gyapong Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein IEE
Emily B. Campbell City University of New York, USA Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries Social Sciences
Yana Batalova Moscow State University, Russian Federation Prof. Dr. Markus Werning Philosophy and Educational Research
Marine Duhamel University Paris-Sud, France Prof. Dr. Dominik Begerow Biology and Biotechnology
Yukari Sekine Erasmus University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein IEE
Matthew Sims University of South Wales, Australia Prof. Dr. Schuhmann Chemistry and Biochemistry
Daniil Kozhemiachenko Moscow State University, Russian Federation Prof. Dr. Heinrich Wansing Philosophy and Educational Research
Juan Manuel Anduquia Restrepo Universidad Nacional de Colombia Prof. Dr. Alexander Hartmaier Mechanical Engineering
Sanderson Molick Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brasilien Juniorprof. Dr. Christian Straßer Philosophy and Educational Research
Hao Fengfeng Renmin University of China Prof. Dr. Carmen Meinert East Asian Studies
Sevim Isparta Ankara University, Turkey Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Onur Güntürkün Neuroscience
Soraya Soleymanifar University of Isfahan, Iran Prof. Dr. Ute Krämer Biology
Daniely Neves University of Brazilia Prof. Dr. Tamara Nestorovic Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ayse Buras Iplikci Middle East Technical University, Turkey Prof. Dr. Birgit Leyendecker Psychology
Jessica Uhlig UFRJ, Brazil Prof. Dr. Roger Friedlein Philology
Alba Polo Artal Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, Madrid, Spain Prof. Dr. Laura Morgenthaler-Garcia Philology
Claudia Garcia-Minguikkan Universidad de Salamanca, Spain Prof. Dr. Roger Friedlein Philology
Alexander Gremillion University of Missouri, USA Prof. Dr. Viktoria Däschlein-Gessner Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ezgi Man Ege University, Turkey Prof. Dr. Thomas Günther-Pomorski Chemistry and Biochemistry
Karen Poertzgen Universität Bern, Switzerland Prof. Dr. Corinna Mieth Philosophy
Carolina Dantas Madureira University of Oviedo, Spain Prof. Dr. Manfred Wannöffel Social Sciences
Michel Osca Engelbrecht University of York, UK Prof. Dr. Andrew R. Ginson Electrical Engineering and IT
Andrew Rubner Rutgers University, USA Prof. Dr. Albert Newen Philosophy
Laura Stocker University of Neuchatel, Switzerland Prof. Dr. Johann Büssow Philology
Emy Merin Joy Central European University Prof. Dr. Alexandra Cuffel CERES
Alessandro Bruttini University of Florence Prof. Dr. Markus König Civil and Environmental Engineering