Advanced Research Opportunities Program (AROP) at RWTH Aachen University

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. This program aims to strengthen bilateral relations, foster joint research projects, and enhance capacity-building initiatives.

Brief Description:

  • University/Organization: RWTH Aachen University
  • Department: Advanced Research Opportunities Program
  • Course Level: Doctoral Candidates, Postdocs
  • Award: Monthly stipend of 1,800 euros for up to 6 months, Travel grant of 1,000 euros, German language classes, Intercultural training
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Application Deadline: March 31 or September 30
  • Nationality: Open to international applicants
  • Location: Germany

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Eligible Countries: Open to applicants from all countries
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: Any subject offered by RWTH Aachen University
  • Admissible Criteria:
    • Applicants must be doctoral candidates or postdocs from strategically relevant international universities or research institutions.
    • Applicants must have an invitation letter from RWTH Aachen University.
    • The home institution’s strategic relevance should align with RWTH’s internationalization strategy.
    • Prospects of building sustainable long-term collaboration or strengthening existing partnerships.

How to Apply:

  • Interested applicants must submit the following 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 from a professor at 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.


  • Monthly stipend to cover living expenses
  • Travel grant to support travel costs
  • Language and intercultural training to facilitate integration
  • Support from RWTH’s Welcome Center for International Researchers

The AROP at RWTH Aachen University provides an excellent opportunity for doctoral candidates and postdocs to engage in collaborative research projects and enhance their academic experience. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the eligibility criteria and application process to avail themselves of this valuable opportunity.

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