Bielefeld University was founded in 1969 with the aim to reform nearly every area of higher education. Today, its 13 faculties cover a broad range of disciplines with a strong research record in the humanities and social sciences as well as natural sciences and technology. Since its foundation, the University has distinguished itself through its leading interdisciplinary approach expressed in its motto "Transcending Boundaries" and exemplified by the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), one of the most renowned institutes for advanced study in the world. Bielefeld University has four strategic research areas connected by three crosscutting topics. These areas are interdisciplinary in nature each involving several faculties and central academic institutes. The University's current third-party research profile demonstrates its strong research record, which offers its young researchers an inspirational, communicative and productive environment to work in.
The promotion of young researchers is one of the most important strategic tasks of Bielefeld University. It is important to attract outstanding young researchers to an academic career, to prepare them for diverse career opportunities both within the world of research and elsewhere. We offer a wide range of services to help you apply for third-party funding and scholarships such as the Bielefeld Young Researchers' Fund. The Service Center for Young Researchers can also help you with your third-party funding applications. In addition, postdocs at Bielefeld University can profit from target-group-specific training and advisory services.
The Department of Research and Technology Transfer (FFT) is a central service facility of the University that offers a broad range of services to help research, apply for and facilitate third-party funded projects as well as advising on knowledge and technology transfer. Young researchers wishing to apply to a national funding organisation (e.g. DFG, Thyssen Foundation or BMBF) as well as experienced researchers applying to acquire funding for a doctoral programme can contact the Service Center for Young Researchers for support.
Young researchers who wish to apply for EU funding (e.g. Marie Sklodowska-Curie, ERC) should contact the EU Team of the Department FFT for help and support.
The Knowledge and Technology Transfer Team can advise you on cooperation opportunities between the University and industry, on patents and issues of intellectual property rights as well as start-ups.