Network for the promotion of young scientists!

The TU-Nachwuchsring:

Who we are and what we work for

Since 2014 the TU-Nachwuchsring is the central interdisciplinary institution to support young scientists of the TU-Kaiserslautern. Thereby it offers:

  • interdisciplinary networking
  • professional further qualification and soft skills through Courses
  • and financial support

Concept and rules of procedure

The concept of the TU-Nachwuchsring is flexible and permanent in process for further development. A central idea is "young scientists as partner" of the training strategy of the TU-Nachwuchsring based on partnership. When qualifying the young sientists, the institution counts on voluntary principle: the participation on workshops, events and other supports are not obligatory but are an offer which attends the careers of the young scientist to individual needs.


Download concept and rule of procedure of the TU-Nachwuchsrings 

Structure and organisation of the TU-Nachwuchsring


Since 2014, the TU Nachwuchsring has been the central interdisciplinary institution for supporting young scientists at the TU Kaiserslautern. More than 20 doctoral candidates, postdocs and junior professors from all faculties are currently on the board of the Nachwuchsring under the motto "by and for the young scientists". In committees, they develop a wide variety of funding measures, ranging from financial support options to a further education programme particularly for young scientists.

At the organisational level, the NWR consists of the Management Board, the operative management board and the managing board. The NWR documents its activities to the steering committee.

Members of the NWR are, on the one hand, the Ph.D. students of the participating doctoral programmes and the research centres and research units of the TUK as well as postdocs and junior professors who have themselves registered as a member at the office.

Formation of the TU-Nachwuchsring

The Nachwuchsring was founded and developed in 2008 as part of the Rhineland-Palatinate research initiative at the Research Centre (CM)². He was supported by the Carl Zeiss Foundation for four years. Since 2014, the TU Nachwuchsring, which continues to be financed by the research initiative of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, has developed from the idea of bringing together young researchers from individual research initiatives. At the end of 2014, the TU Nachwuchsring was strengthened by a management office, which functions as the central contact point for all young researchers in addition being responsible for all administrative tasks. Since then, the TU Nachwuchsring has become well established as part of the promotion of young scientists at the TU Kaiserslautern. The doctoral programmes of eight departments, six third-party-funded research programmes and 10 other research centres and research units are now accredited.

Offers and funding lines of the TU-Nachwuchsring

The most important instruments for supporting young scientists are regular workshops and events as well as alloction of resources for postdocs, so they can prepare applications for external funding (research funding).

Moreover it is possible to apply for grants for travels or for participating on national and international conferneces as well as short research stays of external institutions.

Our third funding line project funding is meant for smaller purposes that is not funded otherwise (for example meetings of Ph.D.s).

In our coaching line among others it is possible to apply for single coachings for postdocs and junior professors.


Furthermore the TU-Nachwuchsring develops, together with other responsible institutions of the TU Kaiserslautern, instruments for Alumni-activities and equolization as well as family funding. 

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