The Rectorate allocates 50,000 euros a year to support student research projects. Funding is awarded on the basis of an evaluation conducted by the Rectorate Committee for Research Affairs (RKF). Individual projects can receive up to 5,000 euros in funding. The funding period may not exceed 12 months.
Projects eligible for funding:
Research projects in all areas of the University which are initiated and carried out by students
Projects which are suitable for encouraging and/or expanding on academic cooperation and/or collaboration in a national or international field
Projects in which students independently organise and carry out seminars or conferences on academic or cultural topics
The projects must be innovative and academically informed. They should also attract a high level of general interest with a corresponding degree of visibility. Enhancing your personal academic qualification should not be the primary purpose of the project, and thus your project should be clearly distinguishable from your doctoral, professional or academic pursuits.
Funding cannot be used as operational stopgap financing for institutions or to finance projects/subprojects which have been rejected by other funding organisations. Students are eligible for funding if they are enrolled as a student of the University of Münster at the time of application and at the beginning of the project, have not yet completed their doctoral programme at the time the project commences, and as a rule, have not yet reached the age of 28 at the time of application. Applications may be submitted by a group of students, provided that each individual is eligible for funding.
We encourage you to contact us before submitting your application if you need help or have any questions. Experience shows that most applications require some revision in order to fully comply with the funding requirements. Therefore, it is important to submit your application (in paper and digital form, including all required documents and signatures) at least eight weeks prior to the next RKF session. This gives us enough time to suggest changes that can help you improve your chances of receiving funding. We ask you to submit your final application at least one month prior to the next RKF session. Your project may not commence earlier than one month following the RKF session at which your application is considered.
Upcoming sessions of the Rectorate Committee for Research Affairs (RKF):
31 January 2018
Office of Student Research Projects
Tel.: +49 (0) 251 83-21083
Email: Linda Dieks
In cooperation with the Buddenbrook House, the Heinrich and Thomas Mann Center and the Zentrum für Kulturwissenschaftliche Forschung in Lübeck, the doctoral student Levke Teßmann organised the conference "The Immaterial Exhibition" in April 2016. More information [de] Final project report [de]
In February 2017, Jonas Eickhoff organised the podium discussion "Electronic Body Music" with a subsequent club night event in Dortmund. More information [de]
On 30 July Katrin Liffers and Timo Schürmann organized the student conference "Sprache und Interaktion 3: Zum Sprachgebrauch von Linguistikstudierenden"
Student research project receives award from the Swiss Herbert Haag Foundation
The Theology students Anna and Tobias Roth from Münster received an award from the Herbert Haag Foundation of Switzerland for their survey on the pastoral care of families. The study, funded through Student Research Projects, was titled "Catholic Ethics of Partnership and Images of Family. An Intercultural Comparative Study on the Relationship of Church Teachings, Actual Practices and Socialisational Parameters".