Research Explorer Ruhr

Teilnehmer des Research Explorer Ruhr 2019
© Daniel Sadrowski/Research Academy Ruhr

Explore your Postdoc Opportunities in the Ruhr Area

Research Explorer Ruhr (RER) is a program for international early postdoctoral researchers (to-be) interested in exploring the research landscape of the University Alliance Ruhr.

Benefit from workshops on postdoc funding schemes and research career options in Germany! Networking events and excursions will help you become acquainted with the thriving Ruhr Area as a potential place to work and live.

When? 18 June 2023 (arrival) to 1 July 2023 (departure)

Who? Doctoral researchers in the final stage of their PhD +
early postdoctoral researchers up until one year after receiving their doctoral degree

How to apply?

Call for applications

Apply now for a spot in this year's Research Explorer Ruhr! Join in to work out research compatibility with a professor of your choice and explore possibilities to come back for a longer postdoc stay with your own funding. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2023.

Call for applications (PDF)

There are two possibilities for you:

1) Apply to a professor’s profile:
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:

Fill in the application form you can find at the end of each host’s profile and send it with your academic CV as well as a publication list to by 28 February 2023.

2) Unsolicited application:
We also accept unsolicited applications. In case you would like to work with a researcher at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University, or the University of Duisburg-Essen who has not uploaded a profile, please fill in the application form (PDF) and send it with your academic CV and a publication list to by 28 February 2023 so that we can get in touch with the respective professor.
Important: do NOT send any kind of application to a professor directly.
Also important: we will not look for a potential host for you, this is your task.

Helpful Information

Information for Guests

International doctoral researchers, who have already submitted their doctoral thesis, and early international postdoctoral researchers, who have recently finished their PhD, are invited to apply for a spot in Research Explorer 2023. If you are thinking of doing a postdoc in the Ruhr Area, but are not sure if it is the right fit for you, Research Explorer Ruhr is the right program.

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

Research Academy Ruhr funds your stay (travel, visa, accommodation) and will offer a program of workshops on funding options and cultural activities to round off the experience.

A preliminary schedule will be published here in good time.

Information for Hosts

Research Explorer Ruhr gives you the opportunity to invite interesting international early postdoctoral researchers (to-be) to a two-week stay at your university. Research Academy Ruhr will cover travel and accommodation costs.

In addition to an introduction to the German research system, the accompanying program will also include a workshop to successfully raise funds for a postdoctoral position. If these guests wish to return as postdocs, the candidates themselves are responsible for obtaining the appropriate funds and scholarships.

All organizational questions and planning with the guests are handled by Research Academy Ruhr so that you can concentrate on joint research questions or projects. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jörn Benzinger.


For all organizational questions please contact:

Dr. Jörn Benzinger
RUB Research School
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Universitätsstr. 150, FNO 01/133
44801 Bochum
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-27124

For scientific questions please contact the professors directly.


Success Stories

Hossein visited RUB as part of the Research Explorer Ruhr (RER) class of 2019 and successfully applied for a two-year Humboldt fellowship consequently. He is currently staying with Prof. Dr. Ingo Steinbach at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation (ICAMS). His comments on our program:

» RER provides a great international atmosphere with a mixture of science, culture, friendship, and fun. I especially liked the hospitality of RUB. Aside from winning an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship, I was able to launch interesting collaborations in my field. By the way, it depends on the attendee how much they take advantage of RER! «
Dr. Hossein Jafarzadeh, Research Explorer Ruhr Fellow 2019


Susana was part of our Research Explorer Ruhr cohort of 2018 and stayed with Prof. Dr. Estrid Sørensen at the chair of Cultural Psychology and Anthropology of Knowledge. Susana was offered a postdoctoral position thereafter. Her comments on our program:

» The Research Explorer Ruhr was a great experience. I met amazing people from Germany and all over the world. I found a great group in Bochum, where I began my postdoc career and learned about European academia. The research and teaching experience I got when I later came to Bochum was key in getting the permanent position I have now in the Netherlands. «
Dr. Susana Carmona Castillo, Research Explorer Ruhr Fellow 2018


Dieter was a fellow of RER 2018. He successfully applied for a DAAD Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2020 and additionally visited Bochum as a Research Assistant in 2021. He has been working with Prof. Dr. Stefan Berger's team at the Institute for Social Movements and has handed in an application for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Fellowship. His comments on our program:

» Attending the Research Explorer Ruhr (RER) in July 2018 enabled me to deepen my research collaboration with Prof. Stefan Berger, Director of the Institute for Social Movements. This collaboration eventually resulted in the successful application for a DAAD-Postdoc Research Fellowship. The RER was a crucial step in my successful grant application process for the application writing workshops and the exchange with international scholars from diverse academic and regional backgrounds improved my skills that are necessary for writing successful grant applications. «
Dr. Dieter Reinisch, Research Explorer Ruhr Fellow 2018


Tomohiro visited RUB as part of the RER class of 2018 and successfully applied for a Humboldt fellowship consequently. He decided to stay one year with Prof. Dr. Gerhard Röhrle at the Faculty of Mathematics. His comments on our program:

» Through the Research Explorer program, I met the host and collaborators for my Humboldt fellowship. Knowing the research environment such as people, facilities, (and good restaurants) definitely helps when you apply for a Humboldt fellowship! «
Dr. Tomohiro Uchiyama, Research Explorer Ruhr Fellow 2018


What other former explorers say about Research Explorer Ruhr:


"The Research Explorer Ruhr Program was excellent! It gave me the opportunity to connect with mentors at the Institute of Social Movements, as well as conduct research on a new project on female political prisoners in Germany in the library of the Institute and the RUB. The unique structure of the program provided both guidance and freedom to pursue new academic endeavors in Germany. I hope to return as a postdoc and enjoy beautiful Bochum again in the near future!"

Dr. Alexandria Ruble, Explorer 2017, now Assistant Professor at Spring Hill College, USA


"Attending the Research Explorer Ruhr program was an amazing opportunity to learn about postdoc funding options in Germany, to build up a scientific network and to start a collaboration in my research project with an outstanding group at the Department of Biochemistry of Ruhr University Bochum. The program is nicely organized, with interesting seminars as well as space for discussions and experience exchange among successful young researchers."

Dr. Juliana Rizzo, Explorer 2018, now Postdoctoral Fellow at Institut Pasteur

Our previous guests and hosts

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.


Guests Hosts
Juliane Bazzo, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul State
Eugene Lee, Korea Foundation
Alejandro Llanes Mazon, INDICASAT AIP / Acharya Nagarjuna University
Hemant Arya, Pondicherry University
Neffer Gomez, Federal University of Parana
Jiangliang Yin, Sichuan University
Leticia Dobler, UFRJ - Federal University from Rio de Janeiro
Ricardo S. Martínez, National University of Luján
Adam Simmons, Lancaster University
Mrigendra Singh Kushwaha, The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai.
Pankojini Mulia, GITAM University
Vedran Sulovsky, Cambridge
Tom Giesbers
Jacinto Páez, Diego Portales University
Hossein Jafarzadeh, Sharif University of Technology
Hernán Maltz, University of Buenos Aires
Asmita  Ghosh, CSIR New Delhi
Junqi Zhang, University of New South Wales
Hirshikesh Hirshikesh, IIT Madras
Movaffaq Kateb, University of Iceland
Ana Maria Schonhobel, University of Basque Country
Thaiany Pedrozo Campos Antunes, Centro Universitário Saúde ABC
Ailim Schwambach, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.
Samuel Grauer, Georgia Institute of Technology
Prof. Dr. Mihran Dabag
Prof. Dr. Marion Eggert
Prof. Dr. Ralf Erdmann
Jun. Prof. Dr. Sulamith Frerich
Prof. Dr. Lukas Gooßen
Prof. Dr. Thomas Günther-Pomorski
Prof. Dr. Thomas Happe
Jun. Prof. Dr. Verena Krebs
Prof. Dr. Deniz Kus
Prof. Dr. Corinna Mieth
Prof. Dr. Klaus Oschema
Prof. Dr. Birgit Sandkaulen
Prof. Dr. Gunter Scholtz
Prof. Dr. Ingo Steinbach
Jun. Prof. Dr. Yasmin Temelli
Prof. Dr. Konstanze F. Winklhofer
Prof. Dr. Carolin Birk
Prof. Dr. Uwe Bovensiepen
Prof. Dr. Michael Farle
Prof. Dr. Norbert Fuhr
Prof. Dr. Philipp Jugert
Prof Dr. Khadijeh Mohri


Guests Hosts
Carlos Andres Ortiz Bravo, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Soumia Hamdani, Ferhat Abbas Setif-1-University
Anna Perdibon, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jason Olsen, Ulster University
Paula de França, University of Campinas
Olha Tikhonova, University of Lisbon
Deborah Obor, Bowen University
Carlos Roberto de Oliveira, Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro
Seilendria Ardityarama Hadiwardoyo, Universiteit Antwerpen
Mohammad Al-Rashaida, University of Deusto
Ratton Coppos Alice, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Mayssa Kalach, American University of Beirut
Nora Gueliane, EHESS of Paris/Sétif University
Anik Gupta, CSIR
Sushma Kurapati, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Zhe Zhang, Beihang University
Fatemeh Mamashli, University of Teheran
Bo Yi, College of Computer Science and Engineering
Matthew Johnson, University of Waikato
Nandana Marga Shivarama, National Institute of Technology Karnataka Surathkal
Hermawan Angaa, Shinshu University
Dsouza Shaima Magdalina, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
Tran Tan Nhat, Hokkaido University
Prof. Dr. Marcus Grünewald
PD Dr. habil. Rebecca Janisch
Prof. Dr. Martin Radermacher
Prof. Dr. Matthias Hastall
Prof. Dr. Steffen Lütz
Jun.-Prof. Dr. René Westerholt
Prof. Dr. Manuel Wiesche
Prof. Dr. Christian Wietfeld
Prof. Dr. Stefan Wolf
Prof. Dr. Jochen Gönsch
Prof. Dr. Mike Gralla
Jun.-Prof. Dr. René Westerholt
Prof. Dr. Lukas Gooßen
Prof. Dr. Ralf-Jürgen Dettmar
Prof. Dr. Uwe Czarnetzki
Prof. Dr. Dr. Jörg Tatzelt
Prof. Dr. Steffen Bondorf
Prof. Dr. Mihran Dabag
Prof. Dr. Frank Walther
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Doris Segets
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carolin Birk
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Röhrle