RWTH Aachen University - Advanced Research Opportunities Program


Enrolment status Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area All study areas
HDR funding type Travel Scholarship
Scholarship value A travel grant of 1,000 euros (lump sum), and monthly stipend of 1,800 euros
Scholarship duration Up to 6 months
Opening date 2 September 2020
Closing date 30 September 2020


Starting 2020, RWTH Aachen University will offer travel grants and scholarships in order to support research stays of doctoral candidates and postdocs from strategically relevant international universities or research institutions. Funding will be provided by the Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state governments.

The goal of the Advanced Research Opportunities Program (AROP) is to develop and/or strengthen bilateral relations with international partner institutions. AROP offers travel grants and scholarships, as well as the opportunity to participate in German-language courses and intercultural trainings at RWTH.

Moreover, RWTH's Welcome Center for International Researchers will offer advice to scholarship recipients whilst preparing for and throughout the stay in Aachen and support applicants with all questions, academic and otherwise, about their stay.


Doctoral candidates and postdocs of strategically relevant international universities and research institutions, which are either partners of RWTH or plan on initiating a partnership with the University.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

If this scholarship has rules, download and read them.

How to apply

Please send all your application documents in a single pdf document via email to Dr. Daniel Holder. We recommend that you get in touch with us before you submit your application so that we can discuss the project beforehand (via telephone, email or in person) – we are happy to assist you!

Application documents

  • Application documents must be submitted in English
  • Curriculum Vitae with contact details (mailing address, email address)
  • List of recent publications
  • Statement of purpose with reference to the research project, duration of the stay and expected outcome – see “Goals of AROP” and “Selection Criteria”
  • Time schedule with exact days and itinerary
  • Invitation letter from RWTH Aachen University: reference to the joint project and duration of the stay, expected outcome (if possible) and future perspectives of the cooperation

Application deadline

Applications must be submitted by March 31 or September 30; if arranged beforehand, applications are also accepted at other times

Selection criteria

  • Invitation letter from RWTH Aachen University
  • Strategic relevance of the home institution according to the internationalization strategy of RWTH Aachen University
  • Prospects of building sustainable long-term collaboration or, in the case of already existing relations, to strengthen and extend them to other areas of research
Applications are closed.


Dr Daniel Holder
+49 241 80 90695
Applications are closed.