Graduates & Postdocs

Resources for Graduates and Postdocs
(from Germany and North America)

UA Ruhr Scholarships

AREA RUHR Doctoral Stipends

The Alliance for Research on East Asia (AREA) Ruhr, supported by the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR), invites applications for up to four 3-year doctoral stipends for the winter term 18/19, to study Transnational Institution Building and Transnational Identities in East Asia.

The structured three-year doctoral programme on Transnational Institution Building and Transnational Identities in East Asia aims to advance knowledge on East Asian regional institution building, identity formation, and the interaction between both processes throughout history and today. By applying transnational and comparative approaches to the study of East Asia, the programme looks beyond national borders and seeks to unleash the potential of combining humanities and social sciences and to base research projects on interdisciplinary perspectives.

Deadline for applications is December 15th, 2017. Application forms and more details can be found here.

Research Explorer Ruhr – Exploring postdoc opportunities in the Ruhr Research Triangle

With the Research Explorer Ruhr program, the interdisciplinary graduate school at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) offers scholarships for recent PhDs to explore postdoc opportunities from June 17 until June 30, 2018. Candidates will meet experts in their fields of specialization, find out about RUB’s research facilities, and participate in a workshop on writing grant proposals with a view towards planning their postdoc position at RUB. The Research Explorer Ruhr scholarship includes travel, accommodation and visa fees. For more information about application procedures and profiles of RUB institutes looking to host a guest, click here. Application deadline: March 1, 2018


International Masters and Doctoral Degree Program

A comprehensive database with international programs organized by degree level, field of study, subjects, course language and location.


Collaborative Research Centers
Collaborative Research Centres are institutions established at universities for a period of up to 12 years that enable researchers to pursue an outstanding research programme, crossing the boundaries of disciplines, institutes, departments and faculties.They facilitate scientifically ambitious, complex, long-term research by concentrating and coordinating the resources available at a university. More

Graduate Schools
Graduate schools play a key role not only in developing internationally competitive centres of top-level research and scientific excellence in Germany but also in increasing their recognition and prestige. They serve as an instrument of quality assurance in promoting young researchers and are based on the principle of training outstanding doctoral students within an excellent research environment. More

Research Training Groups
Research Training Groups are established by universities to promote young researchers. They are funded by the DFG for a period of up to nine years. Their key emphasis is on the qualification of doctoral researchers within the framework of a focused research programme and a structured training strategy. Research Training Groups with an interdisciplinary approach are warmly welcomed. More

For funding from other institutes and organizations including DAAD and DFG, Fraunhofer Society, Helmholtz Association, Leibniz Association, and the Max Planck Society, please refer to the comprehensive database provided by "Research in Germany."