Advanced Research Opportunities Program (AROP) in Germany

  •  PhD, Fellowship
  •  Applications must be submitted by March 31 or September 30
  •   Germany
  • $$  Monthly stipend of 1,800 euros for up to 6 months, Travel grant of 1,000 euros, German language classes, Intercultural training

The Advanced Research Opportunities Program (AROP) at RWTH Aachen University offers scholarships and travel grants to support the research stays of doctoral candidates and postdocs from strategically relevant international universities or research institutions. The program aims to develop and strengthen bilateral relations with international partner institutions, fostering joint research projects, publications, and capacity-building initiatives.

The scholarship programme is established to encourage talented candidates who will enroll in the doctoral degree coursework at the university.RWTH Aachen University stands as one of Germany’s premier institutions for science and engineering education and research. Founded in 1870, it has since evolved into a globally renowned university, renowned for its cutting-edge research, innovative teaching methods, and strong industry ties. Located in the vibrant city of Aachen, at the crossroads of Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, RWTH offers a dynamic and multicultural environment for its students and researchers.

Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen Information

Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen Grants

Advanced Research Opportunities Program (AROP) in Germany Founded in 1870, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen University) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the small city of Aachen (population range of 250,000-499,999 inhabitants), North Rhine-Westphalia. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia), Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 25,000-29,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 149 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic record and grades. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible Countries: Open to applicants from all countries
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: The scholarship will be awarded in any subject offered by RWTH Aachen University
  • Admissible Criteria: Applicants must meet all the following criteria:
    • Doctoral candidates or postdocs of strategically relevant international universities or research institutions
    • RWTH partner institutions or those planning to initiate a partnership with RWTH
    • Possession of an invitation letter from RWTH Aachen University
    • Strategic relevance of the home institution in accordance with RWTH’s internationalization strategy
    • Prospects of building sustainable long-term collaboration or strengthening existing partnerships.

Offered Benefits

  • Monthly stipend
  • Travel grant
  • Language and intercultural training
  • Support from RWTH’s Welcome Center for International Researchers

Application Process

Interested applicants must submit the following application documents in English:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of purpose outlining the research project, duration of stay, expected outcome, and future perspective of the cooperation
  • Invitation letter issued by a professor of RWTH Aachen University
  • Research schedule indicating the intended time frame and specific research activities
  • List of recent publications
  • Applicants must secure the support of an RWTH Aachen University researcher willing to host them as a supervisor for their research project. If not already in contact with an RWTH researcher, applicants should identify suitable researchers and initiate contact with a brief research proposal.
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