Funding for Student Research Projects

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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

Please read the funding guidelines for more details on Student Research Project financing.

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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.

Non-fundable measures:

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.

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 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):

  • 13 November 2019

Currently applications can be submitted at any time!

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

Reports on previous projects [de]

Event review

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]

Following its highly acclaimed world premiere last year, Jasmin Prüßmeier's play "Presente" was shown to festival goers at the the Neue Wände Festival on 7 May 2017.
Neue Wände Festival [de]
More information on this student research project [de]
Review of the play in the Westfälische Nachrichten [de]

Following the publication of the anthology "Jüdisches Leben auf Norderney" (Jewish Life on Norderney) at the end of 2016, the book was presented in Münster in early May 2017.
More information on this student research project [de]
More information about the book published by the LIT-Verlag [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 Prizewinners (l-r): Sarah Delere, Tobias Roth, Anna Roth

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".

Final report on the research project [de]
Press release [de]
Press conference fact sheet (August 2015) [de]