Funding for PhDs

TU-Nachwuchsring - We promote young science!

Research Funding

The TU Nachwuchsring would like to actively promote the visibility of young scientists and therefore regularly announces research funding for postdocs, junior group leaders and junior professors of all faculties of the RPTU. Purpose of this funding line is to support the applicants in preparing their own  third-party funding application, which will be processed as part of an employment at the RPTU. Further information about the funding line can be found here.


Young scientists with a doctorate from the RPTU in Kaiserslautern can apply to the TU-Nachwuchsring for individual coaching. For example, coaching sessions that support you in your professional development or help you find a balance between career and family are funded.

In cooperation with the RPTU Self-Study Center, the TU-Nachwuchsring also offers face-to-face coaching as well as collegial case consultation in small groups. You can find more information here.

Externally organised further education courses

The TU-Nachwuchsring offers the possibility of participating in external continuing education programs as well as online seminars especially for the group of young scientists in Kaiserslautern who have completed their doctorates, as a supplement to the internal continuing education programs offered by the RPTU (coverage of the participation fees).

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Project funding

The aim of project funding is to support projects that are not covered by other funding lines and serve to promote young scientists at the RPTU. This includes, for example, doctoral symposia organized by members of the RPTU.

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Mobility Funding

Young researchers with a doctorate from the RPTU in Kaiserslautern can apply to the TU-Nachwuchsring for financial support for participation in external conferences and external research stays. In case of approval, the Nachwuchsring contributes proportionally to travel expenses and participation fees (maximum 80% of the costs). The mobility funding is announced several times a year.

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Flex Funding

The RPTU would like to actively promote advanced young scientists with their own working group and therefore invites applications for Flex funding within the framework of the TU-Nachwuchsring. Junior professors, junior research group leaders and tenure-track professors (up to W1) from all departments of the RPTU in Kaiserslautern are eligible to apply. The aim of the funding is to support the applicants in advancing their own academic career at RPTU. More information about the funding line can be found here.

Internally organized further education courses

To promote the interdisciplinary qualification, the TU-Nachwuchsring offers a broad selection of internal continuing education opportunities to young scientists with doctorates from all RPTU departments. These include online and face-to-face seminars and e-learning courses available throughout the year.

In addition to the courses offered by the Nachwuchsring, you will also find a selection of courses offered by other RPTU continuing education providers as well as RPTU's affiliated institutes, which are also aimed at junior researchers.

Support offers from other providers (internal and external)

In addition to the offers of the TU-Nachwuchsring, there are many other exciting funding opportunities for PhDs. On this page, you will find both an overview of some of the RPTU's funding programs and support offers as well as a selection of external funding sources that are (also) aimed at young researchers with a doctorate.