Postdoctoral researchers

The WWU Graduate Centre supports and advises postdocs (postdoctorates, habilitants, junior research group leaders, associate professors) in all interdisciplinary issues. These include general questions on research affairs at the University of Münster, dealing with conflicts at the workplace, career planning and career options inside and outside the university as well as first information about scholarship and funding programs for postdocs (Contact: Dr. Annah Keige-Huge,

In addition, the WWU Graduate Centre offers qualification measures for a scientific career with workshops and seminars on interdisciplinary competences. The consultations and workshops are open to all postdocs of the WWU, are free of charge and are offered in German and in English.

Through the Research funding support (SAFIR), you get advice on how to file a (first) application for a research project and support in the development of teaching competencies through the Centre for Teaching in Higher Education (ZHL).

The Postdoc Network in the making

After a successful fireside chat (Kaminabend) on the 03.03.2020, with fantastic contributions from the participating postdocs and the invited guests, a group of postdocs have taken up the motto „Good bye Loneliness, Hello Network“ further and proceeded to work on starting a Postdoc Network. Interested postdocs are welcome to join or contribute ideas.

We will be posting more information here soon.

Stipends for Postdocs by the University of Münster

The University of Münster has anchored the promotion of junior researchers in its mission statement, and is therefore awarding stipends through the WWU Graduate Centre to outstanding junior 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 stipend provides a financial bridge during the application stage and can be given for a minimum of 6 to a maximum of 12 months.

Details about the stipends for postdocs by the University of Münster may be found here:


The last application deadline was 29.11.2019. New calls will be announced here.

P.R.I.M.E. - Funding for postdocs through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The University of Münster 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 junior researchers 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 our University's Research funding support (SAFIR).