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Consulting & Advice

The Service Center for Young Researchers is the main contact point for prospective doctoral candidates, doctoral candidates and postdocs at Bielefeld University. The Service Center also supports experienced researchers applying to acquire third-party funding for a doctoral programme. The Service Center for Young Researchers sees itself as being at the interface to all other services for young researchers at Bielefeld University and can refer you to the relevant department for any specific question.


Dear young researchers,

due to the current worldwide restrictions to delay the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus Bielefeld University has also decided to reduce its basic operations to a minimum level. Staff members are asked to work from home as far as possible, research stays and conference trips are currently not possible. Numerous research projects can only be pursued to a limited extent or not at all. All these restrictions affect you, too, to a certain extent. The Service Center for Young Researchers would like to support you with information on various regulations during this time.

Here you will find general information on how universities are dealing with the Corona Pandemic in a HRK press release, as well as current information from Bielefeld University.

Some funding organisations and foundations provide information about changed deadlines as well as application procedures on their websites. Due to the dynamic of the whole situation and the continuously changing information, the NachwuchPortal provides only a few links to relevant websites. Since the addresses of the websites can also change at any time, we ask for your understanding if one or the other link is no longer up-to-date. At the same time, we cannot guarantee that the information provided is complete. Please visit the websites to find out about possible changes or further information.

Regulations of various funding organisations due to the Corona pandemic: Regulations of various foundations due to the Corona pandemic:

Information on the application deadline and application procedure for the Bielefeld Young researchers? fund

The deadline for submitting applications to the Bielefeld Young researchers Fund remains 15.04.2020. Thus, funding will be possible from July 2020. However, we adapted the procedure for submitting applications. Detailed information on the procedure can be found here.

We will be available for your requests via e-mail. Please contact us via nachwuchs@uni-bielefeld.de.

We wish you all the best and most importantly, stay healthy!

Consulting hours

Our consultants offer consulting hours to provide individual advice on any question concerning your doctoral or postdoc phase at Bielefeld University, your academic career and the application for external funding. To arrange a meeting during consulting hours please contact us by email at nachwuchs@uni-bielefeld.de.


Advice on third-party funding and peer review

In addition to individual advice sessions, young researchers at Bielefeld University who wish to apply for third-party funding are welcome to take part in our Peer Review sessions. We review the applications in terms of formal requirements and advise you on budgeting. We also support young researchers from Germany and abroad who wish to carry out a research project at Bielefeld University in finding a suitable working group and funding model.


Application for a doctoral programme

The Service Center for Young Researchers also supports experienced researchers in applying for third-party funding for doctoral programmes. We offer sample texts, give feedback from the perspective of evaluators, formally review your application, help you create a budget and liaise on your behalf with the Rektorat. Please contact us at the earliest possible date when you plan to apply for a doctoral programme so that we can coordinate our efforts. Our Guidelines on Applications can be found in the downloads area.


15 June 2020
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