Research Academy Ruhr is one of the largest and most powerful platforms in Germany to support young researchers and prepare them for careers inside and outside academia. Research Academy Ruhr is sponsored and supported by the three UA Ruhr universities of Bochum, Dortmund, and Duisburg-Essen and is instrumental for the development of UA Ruhr as academic location.
To strengthen the local young researchers from their late master’s studies to the early professorships UA Ruhr created Research Academy Ruhr. Its synergies offer a locally expanded and networked qualification programme, which expands the options and perspective of 10,000 young researchers through specialised qualification and career guidance offers.
Research Academy Ruhr combines the know-how of more than ten years of innovative support of young researcher in the Ruhr area. This includes Ruhr-University Research School as distinguished and first interdisciplinary graduate school in Germany, ScienceCareerNet Ruhr as association for innovative support of all academic career levels, and Global Young Faculty as interdisciplinary network of aspiring researchers in the Ruhr area as well as the numerous disciplinary PhD programmes within UA Ruhr.
Because Research Academy Ruhr is a collective platform for supporting young researchers it creates positive effects in terms of qualification, synergy and attractiveness of the research location. Furthermore, it fosters the discussion about the status and the profile of PhD students and PhD standards as well as processes of quality insurance.
The department of innovation, science and research (Ministerium für Innovation, Wissenschaft und Forschung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen) and the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR) fund the constitution of Research Academy Ruhr with € 800,000. The three Ruhr area universities support the project with an additional € 1.2 MM. Research Academy Ruhr sets new standards in terms of locally expanded networking and funding for young internationally oriented researchers, thereby emphasising the significance of the University Alliance in the Ruhr area.