Programme for the promotion of excellent early career researchers

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Promoting excellent researchers in the qualification phase

Twice a year, the UDE Rectorate invites applications within the programme for the promotion of excellent early career researchers ("UDE Programm zur Förderung des exzellenten wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses"). The call for application will be published via the dean's offices, press releases and at this website. Applications can only be accepted on the announced deadlines.

The university board decides on funding after evaluation and proposal of the Commission for Research, Career Development & Science Transfer.​


29th funding round

The call for the 29th round was published on 28 January 2020. Applications can be submitted via the e-mail address by

Tuesday, 31 March 2020.

Please use the application form which you can download at the bottom right of this page in the "Documents" section. Timely submission of your application by e-mail is decisive for meeting the deadline. Please also submit a printed original version of the application.

Further information on how to submit your application can be found in the guidelines in the "Documents" section. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Simon Kresmann (Graduate Center Plus/SSC).

The university management decides on funding after proposal of the Commission for Research, Career Development & Science Transfer. The first step of the procedure is an evaluation of the written applications (Comission meeting on 20 April 2020). Then selected candidates will be invited to present their project to the Commission in person (Comission meeting on 18 May 2020).

Rejected applications can be resubmitted. After the procedure has been completed, a member of the Commission will be available to answer questions on the proposal and evaluation.


Please note:

The selection in the 29th round of the program is expected to be made exclusively digitally. It is therefore absolutely necessary to submit the application (including attachments as one PDF file) by email. You will receive further information after the deadline. Original documents can be submitted later if "normal" operation of the university is guaranteed again. If you are currently unable to obtain signatures (not even in digital form), confirmations (e.g. job guarantees, explanations by the professor, etc.) can also be submitted as email copies.

If you have already submitted your application by email but have not received a confirmation by April 1st, please contact Mr. Kresmann.


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 UDE-internal measure is to lead outstanding early career researchers of our university to a third-party funding proposal. An academic career should be targeted and the PhD should not be more than four years ago.

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