Programme for the promotion of excellent early career researchers

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Support for your own third-party funding application

Are you a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Duisburg-Essen aiming for an academic career? Would you like to realize your own research project, but still need time and resources to prepare your project application?

The UDE Programme for the Promotion of Excellent Early Career Researchers ("UDE Programm zur Förderung des exzellenten wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses") supports you in this phase with initial funding. You can apply for personnel, material and travel funds up to a maximum total amount of 30,000 € (to be spent usually within one year). The UDE Rectorate will decide on funding based on a proposal of the Commission for Research, Career Development & Science Transfer.

The Rectorate invites applications within the programme twice a year. The call for application is normally published at the end of January and the end of June each year. It will be made public via the dean's offices, a press release, and on this website. Applications can only be submitted on the announced dates.


32nd funding round

The call for proposals for the 32nd round has been issued. It is aimed at postdoctoral researchers in all disciplines except the Faculty of Medicine. Applications can be submitted until 30 September 2021.

Please find further information on submitting applications and eligibility criteria in the guidelines available for download in the "Documents" section below. Please also note: Currently (July 2021), no originals are required; scans of signatures are sufficient for the submission. If you have any questions about submitting an application or would like advice, please don't hesitate to get in touch with Simon Kresmann (Graduate Center Plus/SSC).

The Commission for Research, Career Development & Science Transfer is expected to conduct the first review in October 2021. The personal project presentations of those selected will take place in November. In December, the funding commitments should be made by the Rectorate. The exact dates will be announced here as soon as they are fixed.

Important update!

The Research Commission has decided to grant an additional year for the 32nd round of the programme due to the pandemic-related circumstances. Thus, in deviation from the guidelines, candidates are eligible to apply up to 5 years after their doctorate.


Application counselling:

Simon Kresmann
Graduate Center Plus/SSC
☎ +49 (0)201 183 2015

Send your application to:

Commission meetings:

Dr. Anke Hellwig
Research promotion/SSC
 ☎ +49 (0)201 183 2941

Programme purpose

The aim of the Programme for the Promotion of Excellent Early Career Researchers is to lead outstanding postdoctoral researchers of the University of Duisburg-Essen to a third-party funding proposal. Candidates should aim for an academic career, and the PhD should not be more than five years ago (special rule 2021).

Funding is provided for preparatory work that leads directly to the formulation and application for an independent third-party funded project. Candidates can apply for staff, material and travel funds up to a maximum total amount of 30,000 € to be spent usually within one year.


For staff cost calculation, it is best to use the following tool (in German only):