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Ruhr Fellowship Program

Since 2012, the universities of the University Alliance Ruhr (TU Dort­mund University, Ruhr University Bochum, University of Duisburg-Essen) in cooperation with sponsors and companies in the region have been welcoming up to 20 students from selected partner universities each year as part of the Ruhr Fellowship Program. The eight-week summer program consists of a two-week academic and cultural program followed by a six-week internship at participating companies.

The program aims to present the Ruhr Area to future professionals from an academic, economic and cultural perspective as a region with a high quality of life and to strengthen in­ter­na­tio­nal networking.

Program Review


The program was cancelled due to Corona.


In the eighth round of the Ruhr Fellowship Program, the Ruhr University Bochum welcomed nine students from American elite universities. The students first went through an academic-cultural program with lectures, courses and excursions in June. They then completed an internship at one of the participating companies, such as Accenture, innogy, Klöckner and WILO. Sponsors of the Ruhr Fellowship Program 2019 were the Max Kade Foundation, the Regionalverband Ruhr and the Wirtschaftsförderung Dort­mund. The brochure provides an insight into the program.


In 2018 the University Alliance Ruhr, led by TU Dort­mund University, welcomed 12 students from the U.S. elite universities Princeton University, Harvard University, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lehigh University and the University of California, Berkeley. Sponsors of the Ruhr Fellowship Program 2018 were the Max Kade Foundation, Wirtschaftsförderung Dort­mund and Bayer. An insight into the program is provided by the brochure and the interview with the participant Sarah Fendrich.


In 2017, the University of Duisburg-Essen was in charge of organizing the program. On June 6, even U.S. Consul General Michael R. Keller welcomed the 17 Ruhr Fellows. For an insight into the program, we recommend taking a look at the brochure. 


Within the framework of the fifth Ruhr Fellowship Program, the Ruhr University Bochum welcomed 17 students from the partner universities. The brochure provides an insight into the program.


In 2015, 17 engineering and natural science students from the elite American universities University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and, for the first time, the University of California, Berkeley, spent the summer in the Ruhr region as part of the Ruhr Fellowship Program. This year, TU Dort­mund University was pleased to organize the academic-cultural program again in June. In July, the students then completed internships in the supporting companies of the Initiativkreis Ruhr GmbH. For an insight into the program, we recommend taking a look at the brochure.


The third Ruhr Fellowship Program was organized by the University of Duisburg-Essen and offered 14 students from U.S. universities the opportunity to get to know the higher education and industrial landscape of the Ruhr region at first hand. With more than 70 applications, the competition was particularly tough this year. The brochure provides an insight into the program.


The second Ruhr Fellowship Program was organized by the Ruhr University Bochum and gave 14 students the opportunity to get to know the Ruhr area. For an insight into the program, we recommend taking a look at the brochure.


The first year of the Ruhr Fellowship Program was organized by TU Dort­mund University. Ten excellent students were selected from 40 applications and have contributed greatly to the success of the program for years to come. The brochure provides an insight into the program.



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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".


The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.


The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.


The facilities of TU Dort­mund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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