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Martin Schmeißer Foundation

Martin Schmeißer Foundation

The Martin Schmeißer Foundation, founded in 1993 on the initiative of the City of Dortmund and further donors from Dortmund's business community, is a foundation for the promotion of international scientific relations at TU Dortmund University.

The purpose of the foundation is to be realized by the promotion and support of:

  • international research networks including public relations in the university context;
  • study and research projects with international orientation and relevance;
  • international guests, researchers and students of TU Dortmund University;
  • members and affiliates of TU Dortmund University who are studying abroad as part of a research project or implementing research either abroad or with international orientation.
picture of the Martin-Schmeißer-Medal © Roland Baege​/​TU Dortmund

The Martin Schmeißer Foundation currently offers the following support programs, promoting the internationalization of TU Dortmund University:

Scholarships for short-term stays abroad for German and international students to write their final thesis (Bachelor and Master)

Prerequisite: The thesis requires a stay abroad of at least two months. The total funding is limited to a maximum of 1,500 EUR. Double funding (funding through multiple grants from various donors) is not permitted.

Application deadline: 15 February and 15 September 2023

Documents to be submitted:

Interested students can submit their applications to the foundation until 15 February, respectively 15 September. This includes:

  • a description of the project (a maximum of three pages) with reasons for the stay abroad, specification of the location and the period of stay, the topic of the thesis and an overview of the estimated costs (please note that the cost of living is not included);
  • an endorsement of the supervising professor with a confirmation that the research project requires a stay abroad;
  • a declaration of the host university or receiving institution that scholarship holders can do academic work on their premises;
  • curriculum vitae/résumé, school leaving certificate and transcript of records of the previous academic achievements.

The Martin Schmeißer Medal is awarded to Master graduates who have successfully completed their studies at TU Dortmund University in the winter semester 2022/2023 or the summer semester 2023. The medal is awarded for outstanding final master theses with an international orientation and is endowed with prize money of up to 2,000 EUR. Preferably, these should be theses that were written in the context of an international research cooperation with TU Dortmund University and were associated with a stay abroad. The deans of the according departments and the heads of central academic units can submit their proposals until 15 September 2023 to the International Office. Please consider especially international students as potentially suitable candidates for this prize.

Please include the following documents in the proposals:

  • a review of the supervising professor describing the scientific work, explaining the international relevance and assessing the scientific performance;
  • a curriculum vitae of the candidate, showing the successful conduct of his/her studies;
  • a PDF file of the final thesis and a summary of the thesis including its grading.


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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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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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