At the suggestion of the Senate, the Rektorat or a faculty, the Senate appoints persons who played a decisive role in the founding phase of the University of Bielefeld, relatives or emeriti of the university, which earns itself in an outstanding way have made honorary senators or honorary senators. With their work, they have made the University of Bielefeld nationally and internationally visible, and created conditions that made this possible.
At the suggestion of the Senate, the Rektorat or a faculty, the Senate appoints persons who are associated with the University of Bielefeld and have rendered outstanding services to the University honorary citizens. With their work they have supported the University of Bielefeld to build up and strengthen their reputation nationally and internationally as an excellent location for research and teaching.
At the suggestion of the Senate, the Rectorate or a faculty members of the University, who have made in a special way merited the University of Bielefeld, awarded by the Rektorat with the badge of honour. Their performance goes well beyond what can be expected in each position.
At the suggestion of the Senate, the Rektorat or a faculty, persons close to the University who have rendered outstanding services to the University of Bielefeld are awarded the Medal of Honour by the Rectorate. Through their work bridges were built between the university and the society, or research and teaching were particularly supported.
The faculties of the University of Bielefeld can award the honorary doctor (doctor honoris causa, Dr. h.c.) as an award for outstanding scientific achievements or other special merits. The modalities of the awarding of honorary doctorates regulate the respective doctoral regulations of the faculties.