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 projects it is currently running with this initiative.


Call for Proposals in 2022/2023

Information for Early-Career Researchers

RWTH Aachen University is participating in the current call for proposals on Quantum Technologies and Connected Technologies and Applications and would be delighted to welcome excellent early-career researchers who would like to establish a junior research group at the University.

Quantum technologies play a role in various faculties of RWTH, especially in the Physics Department of the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences, but also at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, and other institutions. The strategic importance and outstanding expertise of RWTH in the field of quantum technologies are reflected in particular in its crucial involvement in the "Matter and Light for Quantum Computing" Cluster of Excellence.

If you are interested, we recommend you take a look at our research areas and the professorships available at the different faculties and look up the individuals involved in the Cluster of Excellence.

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