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Find the right funding for your project

Many research funding institutions support early career researchers through scholarships or grants for research stays abroad.

Here you can find an overview of interdisciplinary and subject-specific funding programmes for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers.

To help you find suitable funding lines, we also provide links to the most important databases at the bottom of the page.


Do you have questions about your application or are you unsure which funding program best suits your research project?

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Research funding databases

Funding databases are an important research tool if you are looking for a suitable foundation to fund your research project. Take a look at the most important databases (some information might only be available in German language):

    The Community Research and Development Information Service provides, inter alia, information on EU research programs and EU fellowships.
  • EURAXESS Funding Search
    EURAXESS includes databases with job offers and funding opportunities for researchers as well as information and resources on the career development.
  • FastWeb
    Free search for U.S. scholarship providers.
  • Federal funding database
    Overview of funding programs of the Federal Government, the Federal States, and the European Union.
  • Forschen-Fördern
    Database of the Herbert-Worch-Stiftung on awards and funding for research in medicine and the natural sciences.
    Database of current DFG-funded research projects.
    This database enables, among other things, a targeted search for doctoral scholarships.
  • Research in Germany
    Information platform and contact point for all those who are interested in Germany's research landscape. The portal offers a comprehensive overview of funding opportunities in Germany.

StipendienKultur Ruhr

Tip: The Akademisches Beratungszentrum (ABZ) offers extensive information on its homepage about scholarship providers and the Begabtenförderwerke, which often also support doctoral candidates. The UDE is also involved in the UA Ruhr-wide project "StipendienKultur Ruhr", which aims to strengthen scholarship culture in the Ruhr region.

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