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International research

As a large and successful research university, the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) is committed to finding scientifically sound solutions to global challenges together with its international cooperation partners.

The top international research centres and departments at RUB work together with the world's best institutions in their field. These research-focused collaborations with top international universities shape RUB's research profile and international visibility - for example in the two clusters of excellence:

Further information on RUB's research priorities can be foundin our Research Portal.

Internationally distinguished scientists and researchers

RUB is in great demand as a host for internationally renowned researchers from all over the world; this is evidenced not least by the high number of researchers who have been awarded a grant from the European Research Council and its excellent ranking among the top 13 in the current Humboldt Rankings (2020).

The best service: The Welcome Centre for internationally mobile researchers

Researchers from all over the world who come to the RUB benefit not only from the outstanding and lively academic exchange and interdisciplinary networking, but also from the comprehensive services provided by the university's Welcome Centre.

To the Welcome Centre

Here incoming international researchers can find information and advice for their time in Bochum, for example regarding visa matters and finding accommodation, but also tips for leisure activities as well as a wide range of offers for exchanges with other international academics at RUB.

Excellent international promotion/development of scientific and research talent

RUB attaches great importance to the tailored support of outstanding young academics from all over the world and their international profiling right from the start. Therefore, RUB enables them to develop a broad variety of excellent international research skills and international networks required for an international research career. To this end, RUB offers a broad repertoire of international scientific and research programmes for Early Career Researchers. These are supplemented by a range of international mobility schemes and support programmes.

International programmes for early career researchers

EU Training Networks (Marie Sklodowska Curie Action, International Training Networks)

The EU Training Networks (Marie Sklodowska Curie Action, International Training Networks) are among the most prestigious international programmes for the promotion of young researchers. At present, RUB is involved in ten such EU Training Networks, two of which are coordinated at/by RUB.

Coordinated by RUB

    Eradicating Poverty - Pathways towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

    Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein
    Faculty of Management and Economics
  • ImplantSens
    Mass-transfer independent long-term implantable biosensors
    Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuhmann
    Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Further information

International graduate schools

In addition, there are numerous international graduate schools at RUB that prepare young academics for an international research career at an early stage.

Coordinated at/by RUB

International Graduate School Biosciences – IGB (International Graduate School Biosciences)
Prof. Dr. Ralph Tollrian
Faculty for Biology and Biotechnology

Graduate School of Chemistry and Biochemistry – GSCB
Prof. Dr. Wolfram Sander
Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry

International Graduate School of Neuroscience – IGSN
Prof. Dr. Ulf Eysel
Faculty of Medicine

International Max Planck Research School for Interface Controlled Materials for Energy Conversion – IMPRS-SurMat
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gunther Eggeler
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

PhD programme in International Development Studies - IDS
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein
Faculty of Economics and Institute of Development Research and Development Policy

Ruhr Graduate School in Economics – RGS Econ
Prof. Dr. Christoph M. Schmidt
Faculty of Economics and RWI – Leibniz-Institute for Economic Research, Essen

Further Information

Programme “Scouting for Global Excellence”

With the "Scouting for Global Excellence" programme funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Henriette Herz Award), RUB is creating new opportunities for international networking in the form of academic retreats and fellowships for outstanding international postdocs.


  • Stefan Riedel
    Department of Research and Young Academics in the Department of University Development and Strategy at RUB

RUB Research School

The university-wide RUB Research School, which has received several awards in the Excellence Initiative and beyond, is internationally regarded as a best-practice model for the career development of doctoral students. It especially provides them with a range of international qualification/training programmes, international mobility and networking opportunities.

To this end, it offers a whole range of international funding programmes to support project-related research stays abroad, the organisation of international conferences on campus or international lectureships at RUB, to name but a few.

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Research Academy Ruhr

In the Research Academy Ruhr, RUB, the TU Dortmund University and the University of Duisburg Essen combine their excellent offers for international networking and international career development of Early Career Researchers, especially for postdocs, junior research group leaders and junior professors.

Further Information:

International profile of Ruhr University Bochum
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