Welcome reception for postdocs

31 Oct 2019, 15:00–17:00, Senatssaal, Schlossplatz 2

We cordially invite all new Postdocs to a Welcome Reception organized Organised by the Postdocs Coordinator and the Graduate Centre. Host PIs and interested established Postdocs are also welcome to attend.
The reception provides you with an opportunity get to know the WWU academic support services, have your questions answered as well as meet Postdocs from all different WWU faculties.


15:00: Opening remarks
15:05: Welcome address, Vice-Rector, Strategic Personnel Development, Prof. Dr. Maike Tietjens
15:20: Good scientific practice at WWU Münster: Rights and obligations of Postdocs, Ombudsman for Good Scientific Practice, Prof. Dr. Dirk Ehlers
15:30 – 16:00: Support Institutions

  • Third party funding acquisition for the postdoc phase (SAFIR)
  • International Postdocs in Münster and international mobility for Postdocs (Welcome Centre)
  • Read & Publish at WWU: Literature search tools & publication services (ULB - Central Library)
  • Support and qualification in higher education didactics (ZHL - Centre for Teaching in Higher Education)
  • Advisory and career support services (Graduate Centre)

16:00 – 17:00: Info-Café, individual consultations & Networking

The event will be in English. Registration requested by the 15.10.2019 (extended upto the 28.10.2019) under go.wwu.de/oa9qp.
If you have questions, please contact the Postdocs Coordinator Dr. Annah Keige-Huge: postdocs.gc@uni-muenster.de

Postdoctoral fellows

The WWU Graduate Centre supports and advises postdocs (postdoctorates, habilitants, junior research group leaders, junior professors) in all cross-disciplinary issues. These includes general questions on research at the WWU Münster, dealing with conflicts at the workplace, career planning and career options inside and outside the university as well as the first information about scholarship and funding programs for postdocs (Contact: Dr. Annah Keige-Huge, postdocs.gc@uni-muenster.de).

In addition, we offer qualification measures for a scientific career with workshops and seminars on cross-disciplinary competences. The consultations and workshops are open to all postdocs of the University of Münster, are free of charge and are offered in German and in English.

Through SAFIR, you get advice on how to file a (first) application for a research project and support in the development of teaching competencies through Zentrum für Hochschullehre.

WWU Münster Stipends for Postdocs

The University of Münster has anchored the promotion of young scientists in its mission, and is therefore awarding stipends through the WWU Graduate Centre to outstanding young researchers in the postdoctoral phase twice a year. 50% of the funds are to be used to support women.

As a prerequisite for the award, the candidates have to prove that they are preparing an application for third party funding which is to be used to finance their own research project. The scholarship provides a financial bridge during the application stage.

Details about the WWU stipends for postdocs may be found here:



Required application documents

Required application documents include: the fully completed application form, a motivation letter, an outline of the research project / proposal including a time plan for the research project as well as for the duration of the stipend and an assessment of the supervising scientist. Please send the documents as PDF per e-mail to Dr. Annah Keige-Huge: postdocs.gc@uni-muenster.de.

Please note: The Stipend can be given for a minimum of 6  to a maximum of 12 months.

Application deadline is the 29.11.2019.

P.R.I.M.E. - Funding for postdocs through the DAAD

The WWU takes part in DAAD's P.R.I.M.E.-Programme. This year, the DAAD again has an open call for the promotion programme "Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (P.R.I.M.E.)".

The programme provides positions for highly qualified young academics from all nationalities and disciplines. The funding includes a 12-month stay abroad and a 6-month integration phase at a German university at which the awarded researchers are employed as postdocs during the funding period.

The application form is already available on the DAAD application portal. To find the programme, please use the following selection criteria: "beliebig" for your discipline, "Zielland" for the country that you would like to stay in during the phase abroad, and "Promovierte" as your status.

If you have any questions regarding the application and the formalities, please contact Münster University's  SAFIR - Advisory Service for External Funding Applications.