Internal funding offers at the UDE

On this page you will find an overview of funding opportunities and offers at the UDE. Please note that some information might only be available in German.

Funding and support offers in the faculties:

Faculty of Humanities

Grants from the dokFORUM and the Faculty


Förderpreis des Soroptimist Club Essen; Sparkassenpreis

Faculty of Social Sciences

Promotion of further scientific qualification

Faculty of Educational Sciences

Promotion at the IZfB (e.g. promotion of conference visits)


Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

Studying with a child

Mercator School of Management

Promotion Prizes

Promotion of stays abroad

Mentoring program


Faculty of Mathematics

Alumni association ALMA Math e.V.

Postdoc-Prize of the Faculty of Mathematics

Faculty of Physics

Mentoring program

Master and PhD prizes

Faculty of Chemistry

Axel-Semrau-Prizes; Venator Water Awards; Prizes of the Faculty for the best Bachelor- and Master degrees

Mentoring program


Conference and language course scholarships

Faculty of Biology

Mentoring program

Postdoc with kid

Faculty of Engineering

Support Association and Alumni Administration

Industry networks

Faculty of Medicine

UMEA: Junior Clinician Scientist Stipends & Clinician Scientist Programme

Internal sponsorship program IFORES

Mentoring Program Mediment-Peer (for women and men)

Mentoring Program Mediment 1:1 (for women)

Josepha und Charlotte von Siebold Habilitandinnen-Förderprogramm

Top Young Science Best Paper Award

Willkommen zurück: Starthilfe für Ärztinnen und Wissenschaftlerinnen nach der Babypause


You can find an overview of all running structured doctoral programmes at the UDE here.

Please contact us by e-mail if an offer of your faculty is missing in the list.

Interdisciplinary funding for UDE postdoctoral researchers

Programme for the promotion of excellent early career researchers

​​The aim of the UDE-internal measure is to lead outstanding early career researchers to an own third-party funding proposal.



The Gottschalk-Diederich-Baedeker-Preis of the Essen-based G. D. Baedeker Foundation is awarded for outstanding work by early career researchers at the University of Duisburg-Essen who dedicate themselves to exciting topics of high relevance and achieve excellence in the field of research and technology transfer. Researchers from all disciplines who are in the postdoctoral phase, lead a junior research group or hold a junior professorship can be nominated. The award is endowed with 5,000 €. Patron of the award is the Lord Mayor of the City of Essen.


NRW Rückkehrprogramm 2020

Siedeln Sie Ihre Nachwuchsgruppe an der Universität Duisburg-Essen an – im Rahmen des Programms zur Förderung der Rückkehr des hoch qualifizierten Forschungsnachwuchses aus dem Ausland des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (sog. NRW-Rückkehrprogramm).


Further offers at UDE:

Feuerwehrtopf: Reimbursement of costs for child care needs in special situations

In order to improve the conditions for young researchers with children, they are supported by the program “Feuerwehrtopf”. Through this fund, extra child care costs in special situations can partly be reimbursed. This also holds for students in the final phase of their examinations.


Graduation grants for international students

These grants are called to tender indigent international students and doctoral reseachers at the University of Duisburg-Essen who will have completed their studies successfully within one year.

Applications are to be directed to the international office of the University of Duisburg-Essen. Mr. Rasum answers your questions concerning graduation grants in his service hours (Monday 13-15 h or Wednesday 9-12 h,

Research funding services at the Science Support Centre (SSC)

The SSC advises UDE members on issues such as

Counselling for women early career researchers

At GC Plus, Stephanie Sera is your contact person for all matters relating to the promotion of women in the qualification phase. She supports you with information and advice on funding opportunities specifically aimed at women.

Get in touch!

Funding opportunities at IZfB

The Interdisciplinary Centre of Educational Research (IZfB) offers a range of funding opportunities, including e.g. initial funding or support for conference visits for early career researchers.