Internal funding offers at the UDE

Financial and non-material support 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

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 up to a maximum total amount of 30,000 €. The Rectorate invites applications within the programme twice a year.



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 €.


NRW Rückkehrprogramm

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 (contact person: Mr. Udo Rasum).

Porträtfoto Stephanie Sera

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. Please make an appointment by e-mail.

Research funding services at the Science Support Centre (SSC)

The SSC advises UDE members on issues such as

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.