Programme for the promotion of excellent early career researchers

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Promoting excellent researchers in the qualification phase

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.


31th funding round

The call for the 31th round will be published in January 2021. Applications may be submitted from the date of publication until 15 March 2021.

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 or your proposal, please contact Simon Kresmann (Graduate Center Plus/SSC).


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 four years ago.

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.