21 May 2019 "Nachmittag der Forschung"

Research * Transfer * Sustainability - under this motto the Faculty of Social Sciences invites interested parties to a panel discussion at the "Nachmittag der Forschung" (3 July 2019, 14-16 h) in LF 156 (Gerhard-Mercator-Haus). + Call for Posters: How do transfer and sustainability get into your research? Visualise your ideas and approaches on a poster and submit it by e-mail by 7 June 2019.

20 May 2019 Info event "Karriereschritt Professur – Beruf und Berufung für Frauen"

The event "Karriereschritt Professur – Beruf und Berufung für Frauen" at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences on 5 June 2019, 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m., will provide information on how a career step towards professorship can be successful, which formal criteria apply to a professorship, what an appointment process at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences looks like and who is involved in it. This event is aimed in particular at women with a doctorate working in business, industry, administration and science who are toying with the idea of aspiring to a professorship at a university of applied sciences. Register by 26 May 2019 via e-mail to

The Young Entrepreneurs in Science (YES) programme aims to awaken the entrepreneurial spirit in doctoral students of all disciplines! In a 4-day workshop, doctoral researchers can discover their entrepreneurial potential and benefit from the practical knowledge of experienced founders. The next workshop dates and the registration form are available online.

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The RUB Research School invites interested early career researchers of the UA Ruhr universities to this year's Science College on 27 June 2019, 9-16.30 a.m., at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Veranstaltungszentrum). This year’s Science College dives into the ongoing discussion about Open Science. You will gain first insights into the topic itself and in research practices like Open Access, Open Data and Design Thinking. Please register online by 19 June.

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15 May 2019 "Junges Kolleg" seeks new members

For the year 2020, the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts is once again accepting highly qualified early career researchers from all disciplines into the "Junges Kolleg" for a period of up to four years. The members receive a research grant of 10,000 euros per year for personal research purposes and to cover the costs of travel to events. Candidates may be nominated or apply themselves until 21 June 2019. If you are interested, please contact Catharina Yacoub (SSC).

The evening event „Die eigene Nachwuchsgruppe einwerben: von Emmy Noether bis Freigeist“ of the Research Funding Department at the TU Dortmund University will present the most important junior research group formats and strategies for successful application on 28 May 2019, 6.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. The programme will be rounded off by field reports and tips & tricks from successful junior research group leaders: Dr. Jonas Rose (RUB) and Dr. Malte Gersch (TUDo). Interested parties of the three UA Ruhr universities are cordially invited!

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In June (5.6. RUB, 5.6. TU Dortmund University, 25.6. UDE) information events on Open Access and print publications in the humanities and social sciences will take place at the UA Ruhr universities. Industry representatives from the publishers transcript, Budrich and Peter Lang will be there to answer your questions! Please find further information and the registration at

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The Haifa Center for German and European Studies (HCGES) at the University of Haifa, Israel, invites applications for doctorate fellowships starting from October 2019 for up to three years. The call is open on all sub-fields of contemporary European and German Studies (e.g. humanities, social science, law, education etc.). Application deadline is 30 May 2019.

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Networking in a relaxed atmosphere: The Research Academy Ruhr invites all postdoctoral researchers of the UA Ruhr to this year's Sommerabend on 26 June, starting at 17.45 h, in the Beckmanns Hof in the Botanical Garden of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The evening will start with a panel discussion on the question "How much international visibility does a successful scientific career need?". Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to expand your own network across universities and disciplines while enjoying snacks and drinks. Please register by 16 June.

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The UA Ruhr universities as well as non-university research institutions in the Ruhr area can now nominate candidates for the 6th Global Young Faculty. The program brings together outstanding and dedicated postdoctoral researchers in the Ruhr area. A total budget of 200,000 euros is available to the working groups for joint research projects, events, collaborations and invitations to national and international experts. The network is an initiative of the Mercator Foundation in cooperation with the UA Ruhr. An information event will take place at 8 May 2019, 2 p.m., at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Campus Essen, V15 S01 C97). 

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On 14 and 15 May 2019 the 2nd stellenwerk Job Fair will take place at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. More than 100 exhibitors from different industries will present themselves in the Audimax. Together with our colleagues from the RUB Research School and the Graduiertenzentrum TU Dortmund University, we will be offering consultations at the Research Academy Ruhr booth on both days. Are you interested in a doctorate at the UA Ruhr universities or are you wondering whether a doctorate is the right career step for you? Visit us at booth 3!

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The Global Challenges Science Week 2019 is a rich opportunity for sharing advances in science in the following global interdisciplinary domains: Sustainable planet and society, Health, well-being and technology, Digital world, Understanding and fostering innovation. It will take place on 3–6 June 2019 in Grenoble. The program includes twenty outstanding scientific workshops and lectures as well as a panel discussion on open science challenges and a special evening to celebrate and distinguish young talents of Grenoble Alpes. Please register befor 22 May 2019.

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Are you an early-career researcher in the Ruhr Area or South Westphalia and do research in the field of transformation with innovative application ideas for business? Then apply for the "Forum Junge Spitzenforscher" Award by 8 May 2019! With this award, the Center for Entrepreneurship & Transfer of the TU Dortmund University, supported by the Stiftung Industrieforschung, honors young researchers from all disciplines who develop innovative ideas with potential for entrepreneurial practice.

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The sixth Summer School Solvation Science will take place from the 11th to the 14th of June, 2019 in Bochum. The first two lecture days focus on Solvation on Solid Surfaces, Sustainable Chemistry and on Solvation under Extreme Conditions. Also a special lecture on the daily routine as an editor will be given by one of our lecturers. The Career Day on the 13th of June will open up career options for PhD students including networking discussions with representatives from different professional fields. Applications are accepted until 5 May 2019.

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Wanted: Best publication of the year! Every year, the Volkswagen Foundation awards the Opus Primum Prize to a German-language publication of high scientific quality that is easy to read and understand for a broad audience. Publishers can submit up to three new publications by August 15 that have been written by an author or an author duo and published between 1 October 2018 and 15 October. Authors should not be older than 35 years at the time of submission. Self-applications are not possible.

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The Volkswagen Foundation's funding initiative "Artificial Intelligence and the Society of the Future" is entering a new round! The funding program is primarily aimed at social and technical scientists of all career levels who have completed their doctorate and who, in interdisciplinary research alliances, are dedicated to the challenges in the field of artificial intelligence and society. In addition to substantial, long-term project funding (1.5 million euros for a period of up to four years), an optional one-year "Planning Grant" (150,0000 euros) is also applicable. The deadline for planning grants is 4 July 2019, for full grants 17 October 2019.

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The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars to apply by 22 April 2019  for five postdoctoral fellowships for the academic year 2019/20 for the research program "Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe" (EUME). The fellowships are intended primarily for scholars in the humanities and social sciences who want to carry out their research projects in connection with the Berlin program. Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level and should have obtained their doctorate within the last seven years. The fellowships start on 1 October 2019 and will end on 31 July 2020. Postdoctoral fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 2.500 € plus supplements depending on their personal situation.

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In order to further promote the young and interdisciplinary scientific field of gender research, the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia is for the first time awarding an award for excellent gender research in 2019. The prize is aimed at early career researchers; the first prize is endowed with 50,000 euros and the second with 25,000 euros. Young researchers from NRW universities, universities of applied sciences and colleges of art are eligible to apply. The application deadline is 1 July 2019.

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Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers from all disciplines can apply to the DAAD for a research stay (up to six months) in Japan until 30 April 2019. The research stay must begin between 1st October 2019 and 31 December 2019. In the case of doctoral students, the doctorate must be completed within the next two years after the start of funding. In the case of postdocs, the doctorate must not have been completed more than six years ago.

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The Schering Stiftung and the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung offer start-up grants to fund promising research ideas by early career researchers. Support is provided for projects in the fields of biochemical, neuroscience or immunological basic research with biomedical implications. The program is explicitly aimed at highly motivated young investigators who wish to pursue an independent career and conduct their own research. Applications for the “Young Investigator Fund for Innovative Research Ideas 2019” are accepted until 15 April 15 2019.

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Are you a PhD student and doing research on digitalization and religious contact? Then you might like to actively join the round table at the workshop “Digitalization and Religious Contact” (organised by CERES and CAIS NRW) and share information about your project. The workshop will take place on 14–15 Novemer 2019 at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Abstracts can be submitted by 30 April by e-mail: The abstract should sum up your current research and point out your interest in the workshop. If you want to give an input at the roundtable, please explain in one or two sentences, what you would like to talk about.

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Interested researchers can apply for this year's RUHR School of Modern Epidemiology, which will take place from 9 to 11 July in Essen, until 24 May 2019. This year's Summer School (in English) has the motto "Causal Inference in Epidemiology" and offers a suitable mixture of lectures, paper-based exercises and group work. Prof. Dr. Jay S. Kaufman from the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University in Canada was appointed as lecturer for the event.

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In 2020, the NRW Consumer Research Prize for Early Career Researchers will be awarded for the ninth time for dissertations, master's and bachelor's theses. The submitted theses should deal with the topics of consumer research, consumer protection or consumer policy action and must have been completed and evaluated at a university in North Rhine-Westphalia between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019. The prize money can only be used for research and study purposes (e.g. university fees and contributions, office equipment, scientific literature, computers, research trips, printing subsidies, etc.). Costs incurred in direct connection with the final theses and not incurred more than one year before the prize is awarded can be taken into account. Applications can be submitted until 8 July 2019.

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The NRW Consumer Research Competence Centre provides funding for the implementation of projects and financial support for the acquisition of supraregional research funds in the field of consumer research for 2020. Contributions can be submitted from all disciplines relevant to consumer research (e.g. household sciences, computer science, marketing, economics, ecotrophology, nursing science, political science, cultural studies, psychology, law, social sciences, etc.). The projects are funded by the MKW with a maximum of 32,580 €. The deadline for submission is 3 June 2019. You can find the complete call for proposals online.

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The Ingrid zu Solms Foundation awards the Ingrid Solms Prize (prize money 5,000 euros) for an outstanding doctorate with a future-oriented research direction in the fields of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science or engineering sciences. All women who have completed a corresponding doctorate at a university in the German-speaking area (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) are eligible to apply. Applications can be submitted until 15 May 2019.

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The international Summer School on the topic "Social Media as a Digital Agora for Political Arguments, Opinions, and Ideas?", hosted by the Forschungsverbund “Digitale Gesellschaft NRW” and organized by the University of Duisburg-Essen and University of Bonn, offers a fruitful setting for senior and junior scholars to jointly work on current questions of political communication in computer-mediated contexts. The Summer School is open for a total of 40 PhD candidates with different disciplinary backgrounds who study civically relevant communication through contemporary technologies. Application deadline is 31 March 2019.

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20 March 2019 Block Seminar "Causal Inference from Observational Data: Propensity Score Matching in R"

Isa Steinmann (Center for Research on Education and School Development) is offering a block seminar on "Causal Inference from Observational Data: Propensity Score Matching in R" at the TU Dortmund University from 11 to 14 June and on 22 June, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each. The seminar is open for interested early career researchers of the UA Ruhr Universities. Members of the UDE are requested to register bindingly by e-mail to Isa Steinmann.

Please find details about the block seminar and the registration in this PDF.

On September 24 and 25, the Forschungsverbund NRW Digitale Gesellschaft will host the interdisciplinary conference "Datafizierte Gesellschaft: Praktiken, Prozesse und Folgen der Datafizierung" at the University of Bonn. The conference addresses theoretical as well as empirical questions on the handling and analysis of data in the context of datafication of society and democracy. Submissions for individual presentations, short lectures and poster presentations in a high-density session as well as for thematic panels are desired, deadline is 31 March 2019.

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In the summer semester 2019, the UDE Career Service will again be offering a large selection of seminars and workshops to prepare you for application situations or your career entry. From the application portfolio check to assessment centre training or workshops on alternative career paths, there is something for students and early career researchers from all subject groups. Early registration is worthwhile, places are limited! (The workshop program is only available in German.)

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From 8 to 12 July 2019, the Graduate School of Logistics (GSofLog) will be offering an interdisciplinary summer school for doctoral students in logistics and related disciplines in Dortmund. This year's motto is "Rethink Future! Digital Transformation in Logistics". The Summer School is all about scientific methods in the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning. In addition, GSofLog has currently announced two doctoral scholarships on the topics "Agile and digital processes in supply chain planning and control" and "New methods for multi-criteria negotiation in purchasing taking game theory into account" (duration 3 years, 1,450 euros per month, application deadline 31 March 2019).

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Apply now! The deadline for this year's Polytechnic Award for the Didactics of Mathematics, Computer Science, Natural Sciences and Technology runs until 31 March 2019. The prize is awarded to researchers who develop teaching concepts dedicated to the topic of "Dealing with diversity in MINT education". The sought-after didactic concepts respond constructively to the diverse abilities, talents and interests of the students and support them as best as possible in their individual learning success. The Polytechnic Award is endowed with a total of € 70,000 and will be awarded by the Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main for the fourth time in 2019.

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Why is fair pay so important so that in the future everyone has equal opportunities, more fathers take parental leave and more women take the lead? And how do we succeed in setting the right course from the very beginning so that in the end everyone becomes rich and beautiful and happy in their own way? In order to find answers to these questions, Ellen Meister, UDE's Student Equal Opportunities Officer, and Henrike von Platen, CEO and founder of the FPI Fair Pay InnovaCon Lab, invite students, young professionals and other interested parties to the Fair Pay workshop on 12 April 2019, 11am-1pm, in the glass pavilion. The event will be held in German.

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From 24 to 26 June, the 11th International Seminar on "Water & Health" will take place in Cannes, France. The event offers PhD students from the fields of water, environmental and health sciences and related disciplines the opportunity to meet experts from science and industry and present their research projects. Applications are accepted until 26 April 2019.

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In this new series of events, UDE's doctoral researchers get information and tips on the safe and professional publication of research results. In lectures and short workshops, experts from the University Library provide information on topics such as open access, publication channels, copyright and research data management. Participants are given the opportunity to clarify individual questions or to put what they have learned into practice in small exercises. The series of events starts on Thursday, 28 March 2019 (10.15-11.45 h) with a seminar on "Open Science for Beginners. Finding access, ensuring the quality and connectivity of knowledge". The lectures will be held in German. Participation is free of charge.

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The University of Bordeaux invites PhD students to register for this year's COTE Summer School (3-7 June 2019). Through talks, field trips and round tables with international experts on integrative ecology, the program will provide a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach on frontiers and boundaries in ecology and society. Travel grants are available (eligibility criteria apply).

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The upcoming PRIDE conference in 2019 (28–29 March, Brussels) is dedicated to the many facets of the transition from PhD to postdoc and the role of professionals in supporting young researchers in this phase and beyond. The conference discusses the broadening responsibilities and tasks professionals in doctoral education are encountering. The registration is already open!

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Postdoctoral researchers, preferably from the fields of International Relations, Political Science, History, Economics, Social and Religious Studies, Philosophy and Literature, can apply for a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Washington DC on "The United States, Europe, and Global Order" for the period from September 2019 to July 2020 until March 15, 2019.

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A new longitudinal study on doctoral candidates and doctorate holders: In February 2019 all doctoral candidates of the University of Duisburg-Essen will be invited to take part in the survey. Nacaps will generate versatile research data on the study conditions for doctorates, career aims and professional development, as well as on the general life situation of doctoral candidates and doctorate holders in Germany.

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The GOstralia! Research Centre, in cooperation with four renowned universities in Australia, is announcing nine exclusive doctoral fellowships in 2019. These generous full scholarships cover the tuition fees for the entire three-year doctoral program in Australia as well as the cost of living and health insurance. The start of studies is possible either in 2019 or 2020. Application deadline is 30 June 2019.

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Until 1 April 2019, German early career researchers who are planning a four- to six-month research project at a U.S. university from 1 November 2019 can apply for a Fulbright doctoral fellowship. The scholarship benefits include the financing of living expenses of 1,600 euros per month and international travel expenses as well as a lump sum for expenses (300 euros), health and accident insurance, free application for the Fulbright J-1 visa and admission to the international Fulbright network.

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On 26 February 2019, the IGNI innovation offensive of the University of Duisburg-Essen enters its third round. In addition to individual experiences in interdisciplinary teams, the course program offers valuable inspiration from the start-up scene. In an experimental cooperation format with medium-sized companies and hidden champions of the region, the participants will gain unique insights into existing corporate cultures. Applications for the program are still possible online until 20 February.

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RUB Research School invites UA Ruhr’s doctoral researchers to join the “Research Day” on February 28, 2019. The event will address the most important factors for a succesful research career. For further information about the program and the registration please click on "more about ...".

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The IZfB workshop "Ethnomethodology in Educational Research" on February 19 with Dr. Rainar Rye Marstrand (University of Southern Denmark) offers a sketchy introduction to Ethnomethodology as a non-formal, non-theoretical, and emic research approach with a particular focus on the methods people use to establish and maintain social order in their everyday life. Aspects such as accountability, ethnomethods, instructions and instructed action, intersubjectivity, members, and social amnesia will be covered. Open to interested doctoral researchers from all disciplines, please register online.

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The program and registration for this year's Frühjahrsakademie are now online. The program addresses advanced Master's students who are interested in doing a doctorate and doctoral researchers at the beginning of their doctorate.Take a look at the workshops and register by February 20 on the website of Research Academy Ruhr.

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On Monday, February 4, 2019, 6.30 p.m., the organizers of the event series "Feminist Conversations" (Institute for Anglophone Studies) will discuss career paths in science with Dr. Renate Petersen (former coordinator of the mentoring³ program at the UDE).

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The Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) invites PhD students researching the social consequences of digitization to the kick-off of the new PhDnet@CAIS network for early career researchers in Bochum on February 12, 2019, 10 am to 4 pm. The coordinators of Research Training Groups from this research field are also invited to exchange their experiences.

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With the ERASMUS+ programs, doctoral and postdoctoral researchers can gain teaching experience, participate in further training courses or benefit from job shadowing in other European countries. A joint ERASMUS+ information event of International Office and GC Plus will take place on January 14 2019 at Campus Essen and on January 22, 2019 at Campus Duisburg, at 5 p.m. in each case.

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Just two years after completing their doctorate, early career researchers who have been working abroad for at least one year can set up their own research group at universities in Northrhine-Westphalia with the “NRW-Rückkehrprogramm” and thus qualify for a tenured professorship. The current call for proposals is aimed at researchers working in the field of artificial intelligence.

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The next Wirtschaftskolleg for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers of the UA Ruhr will take place at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum on 26 November 2018, 15-18 h. The event offers the opportunity to exchange ideas on non-university career opportunities after the doctorate with alumni and company representatives.

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October 18, 2018 DFG Funding for "UMEA"

Great news for early career researchers at the Medical Faculty: The DFG is funding the program "Exzellenz in der Medizin: Clinician Scientist Academy der Universitätsmedizin Essen" (UMEA) for three years with around 2.6 million euros.

Read the entire press release (in German) here.

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Just in time for the start of the new semester – and after a start and establishment phase – we opened the Graduate Center Plus on October 9, 2018.

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