NRW Returning Scholars Program


With the “NRW-Rückkehrprogramm” (Returning Scholars Program), the State of North Rhine-Westphalia is aiming to get outstanding young researchers to come (back) to the area. They are given the opportunity to establish and lead an independent junior research group at a university in the state and receive a personal financial commitment of up to 1.25 million euros for a period of five years.


RWTH Aachen University regularly participates in this program and is proud of the two projects it is currently running with this initiative.


Call for Proposals in 2021/2022

Information for Young Researchers

RWTH Aachen University is participating in the current call for proposals on the topic of "Medically relevant research" and would be delighted to welcome excellent young researchers who are interested in establishing a junior research group at RWTH Aachen University.

Medically relevant research plays a role in various faculties of RWTH Aachen University – first and foremost in the Faculty of Medicine, but also in the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences, especially in the Department of Biology at the Institute for Biology II (Zoology).

However, various other institutions and most faculties at RWTH are involved in research that is relevant for medicine. Interested parties are therefore advised to take a look at the research areas and professorships available at the Faculties.

On the Medical Science & Technology Profile Area website, you will find further information on one of the eight profile areas at RWTH.

Professor Sabine Brück-Dürkop, Vice-Rector for Human Resources Management and Development, is available as a contact for general questions, while Anne Eggeling at Division 4.2 – Management of Third-Party Funds is the contact for organizational questions. Interested parties are also welcome to contact the relevant professor.