Funding for Student Research Projects

Your applications are welcome! Because of the current developments (coronavirus), any granted funding can also be used for an alternative project period if necessary. The current deadline for draft proposals ends on 14 September 2022, please submit your final application by 12 October 2022.


We briefly present the aims of the funding programme and clarify questions such as: Who can apply? Which research ideas are eligible for funding? What is important in the application and what makes it successful?

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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
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Application consultation

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 Rectorate Committee for Research Affairs (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 RKF:

  • 22 June 2022
  • 09 November 2022


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.

Eligibilty to apply

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. Funding cannot be used as operational stopgap financing for institutions.

Please read the funding guidelines (pdf) for more details on Student Research Project financing as well as:

To be submitted with your application:  Click here to find reports on previous projects [de].

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Linda Dieks
Dept. 6.1 Research Funding Support SAFIR
Office of Student Research Projects
Robert-Koch-Straße 40
48149 Münster
Tel.: +49 (0) 251 83-21083
Email: Linda Dieks