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NRW Rückkehrprogramm

The “NRW Rückkehrprogramm” offers excellent young scientists currently abroad the opportunity to qualify for a professorship at a university in North Rhine-Westphalia by leading a junior research group.

The funding amounts to up to 1.25 million euros for a maximum of five years. Researchers must hold a doctorate, be able to demonstrate excellent scientific work for two years after their doctorate and must have been working abroad for at least one year. Prior to this, they must have lived in Germany. German nationality is not required.

With the call for proposals 2021, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia offers highly qualified young researchers currently abroad the opportunity to establish and lead an independent junior research group at a university of their choice in NRW.

The application deadline is 10 January 2022.

Further information on the “NRW Rückkehrprogramm” can be found here.

At the HHU, the following faculties and institutes offer to host a junior research group:

Faculty of Medicine

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

This year's thematic focus is "Medically relevant research" in a broad understanding of this thematic field with explicitly no limitation to individual disciplines or medical research in the narrower sense. However, the relevance of the research topic for medicine must be clearly recognizable and convincingly presented in the proposal. Proposals from disciplines that are essential for the further development of public health research and digital medicine are particularly welcome. This includes in particular the fields of medical informatics, biometrics and epidemiology.

The HHU has a strong interest in hosting promising young scientists. The following researchers will therefore be happy to answer any questions you may have about cooperation opportunities:

Medical Faculty:

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences


Natalie Diermann

Medical Faculty

Dr. Natalie Diermann
Building: 17.11
Floor/Room: 03.06
+49 211 81-04606
Evamaria Gruchattka


Dr. Evamaria Gruchattka
Building: 16.11
Floor/Room: 04.55
+49 211 81-14656
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