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Awards and Honors


Scientific work at TU Dortmund University is supported and rewarded with numerous awards. Outstanding achievements in basic studies are honored as well as excellent theses or special doctoral projects. The funding for these awards comes from both foundations and industry.

Every year, 17 prize winners are awarded 500 euros each. The departments each nominate one best student of the year. The sponsor of the award is the Association of Friends of TU Dortmund University.

Contact person: Jörg Harhaus

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The Rectorate awards a dissertation prize to authors of outstanding dissertations written at TU Dortmund University. The prize is intended to promote publication that is appropriate to the subject. The sponsorship by TU Dortmund University is to be indicated in the publication. 17 prize winners will be awarded. The prize money is up to 1,250 euros per department. The application deadline will be communicated to the departments in advance.

Contact person: Jörg Harhaus

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Guidelines for the awarding of the dissertation prize (German only)

With the Gambrinus Fellowships, TU Dortmund University supports guest stays of renowned international scientists. The sponsor of these fellowships is Sparkasse Dortmund.

Contact person: Dr. Barbara Schneider

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More Information on the Gambrinus Fellowship

The Uhde Award is presented annually in January. Four prize winners from TU Dortmund University receive a cash prize as well as a gold coin. The benefactor is the Hans Uhde Foundation.

The Rudolf Chaudoire Research Award is awarded annually to young researchers at TU Dortmund University. The aim is to support a guest stay at a foreign university or research institution. The prize money amounts to 5,000 euros. The sponsor is the Rudolf Chaudoire Foundation.

Contact person: Dr. Barbara Schneider

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More information on the Rudolf Chaudoire Research Award

The Martin Schmeißer Medal is awarded to graduates for outstanding theses with an international context. The prize money amounts to 2,000 euros. The sponsor is the Martin Schmeißer Foundation.

Contact person: Dr. Barbara Schneider

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More information about the Martin Schmeißer Foundation

Since 2022, TU Dortmund University has awarded annual internationalization awardsin the categories of teaching, research, administration and transfer. The prize money is 1500 euros in each case.

Contact: Vice President International 

Since 2016, the Till Moritz Karbach Award has been awarded annually by the Department of Physics of TU Dortmund University for a dissertation in the field of particle physics or scientific computing / high performance computing that has been evaluated with distinction. The award ceremony takes place during the graduation ceremony of the Department of Physics. The prize money amounts to 1500 Euro. The donors are the parents of Dr. Till Moritz Karbach (1979-2015).

Further information about the Till Moritz Karbach Award

Once a year, one or two students of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences are honored with 500 euros for student commitment within the Department and for simultaneous social commitment outside the Department for people with disabilities.

Contact: Dean’s Office Rehabilitation Sciences

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Every year, the Department of Humanities and Theology awards the three best written papers (1st state examination, master’s thesis) from the subjects of Department 14 with the LeWis Prize (Teaching and Science).

The prize winners each receive an amount of 300 euros.

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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 South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). 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 North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus 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 15 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 North Campus. 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 South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus 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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