Bochum, Dortmund, Duisburg-Essen


6-month Postdoc Fellowships

New Call for Postdoctoral Researchers Affected by the War in Ukraine and Beyond Opens April 15!


The Zimin Foundation in partnership with the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom provide financial resources to fund the “Fedor Stepun Fellowship Program”. With this, we can support postdoctoral researchers affected by the war in Ukraine and beyond.

In a Nutshell

The program provides eight (8) postdoctoral fellowships for researchers from all scientific fields who were forced to leave their countries due to political persecution in regard to the ongoing war in Ukraine. The duration of each fellowship is 6 months. Each of the eight fellowships is endowed with 2,000 € per month.

Your Time to Write Research Proposal

During this period, fellows are required to develop ideas and prepare grant proposals for research projects to be submitted to leading scientific institutions in Germany or/and other European countries. This will enable them to integrate into the European academic environment and work on longer-term projects. RUB Research School and the university's Research Support Office will be at your service should you seek for assistance.

Identify a Potential Host

You may hand in applications for all professors/PIs of the three universities of the University Alliance Ruhr, i.e., Ruhr-University Bochum, TU Dortmund University, and the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Please refrain from contacting potential hosts directly but mention your selection in the application form. The administration will reach out to the respective professors and ask for hosting you.


Fedor Stepun Fellowship Program