Research Explorer Ruhr – Program for international PhD visiting UDE – Apply now

Research Explorer Ruhr (RER) is a two-week summer program for international doctoral researchers, who have submitted their doctoral thesis, and early postdoctoral researchers interested in exploring the research landscape of the University Alliance Ruhr with its three members Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University and University of Duisburg-Essen.

Join in and explore research opportunities at our most excellent chairs and institutes. Benefit from workshops on postdoc funding schemes and research career options in Germany! A series of networking events and guided excursions will help you becoming acquainted with the thriving Ruhr Area as a potential place to work and live.

The program is conducted entirely in English and the invitation includes travel expenses and accommodation.

Call 2019

This year’s Research Explorer Ruhr will take place from 16 to 29 June 2019. The call will open in February 2019 and hence the new hosts will be put online. You can conveniently apply directly at the end of each profile (see “Hosts and Application”).

Please note: we also accept unsolicited applications for UA Ruhr professors not providing a profile! We will then get in touch and ask if they are willing to host an international guest.


Interested UA Ruhr Professors will be providing profiles from January 2019 on (check for updates regularly).

Call for International Applications: ends on 1 March 2019.

Decision/Invitation of Guests: mid-March 2019.

Research Explorer Ruhr: 16 to 29 June 2019.

Our professors offer to host one guest at their institute from 16 to 29 June 2019. During this time, you can work out cooperation opportunities, research compatibility and possibilities to come back as a postdoctoral researcher with your own funding.

Here you will find the profiles of the participating professors. This list is constantly updated. You can conveniently apply directly at the end of each profile: