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Martin Schmeißer Foundation

The Martin Schmeißer Foundation, established in 1993 on the initiative of the City of Dortmund and 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 through the promotion and support of

  • international scientific meetings including public relations in the university sector,
  • study and research projects with an international focus,
  • international guests, scientists and students of TU Dortmund University;
  • Members of TU Dortmund University who are studying abroad in the context of a scientific project or who are carrying out a research project abroad or with an international connection.

Current announcement of the Martin Schmeißer Foundation (German only)

Scholarships for final theses (Bachelors and Masters theses)

Scholarships can be awarded to Bachelor and Master students whose thesis requires a research stay of at least two months abroad. The total funding amounts to a maximum of 1500 euros. Double funding is excluded. Interested students can submit their applications to the Foundation until February 15/September 15, 2023 . Please give special consideration to suitable international students when submitting applications.

Please include with the application:

  • a description of the project (max. three pages) with justification of the stay abroad, indication of the place and period of stay, indication of the topic of the thesis, and a statement of travel expenses (please note that living expenses will not be considered);
  • the endorsement of the supervising professor with a confirmation that the thesis requires a research stay abroad;
  • Statement from the host university or institution that scholarship holders will be able to work scientifically there;
  • Curriculum vitae, university entrance qualification and proof of previous academic achievements.

The Martin Schmeißer Medal is awarded to Master’s graduates who have successfully completed their studies at TU Dortmund University in the winter semester 2022/23 or the summer semester 2023. The medal is awarded for outstanding Master’s theses with an international context and is endowed with a cash prize of up to 2000 euros. Preferably, the theses should have been written in the context of an international research cooperation with TU Dortmund University and should have involved a stay abroad. The deans of the departments as well as the directors of the central scientific institutions can submit proposals until September 15, 2023 . Please also consider suitable international students in your proposals.

Please enclose the following with your proposals

  • a letter of recommendation from the supervising professor describing the scientific work, explaining the international relevance and evaluating the scientific performance;
  • the curriculum vitae of the candidate, showing the successful course of studies;
  • a PDF file of the thesis and an abstract of the thesis including the grade.

Rudolf Chaudoire Foundation

Every year, the Rudolf Chaudoire Foundation awards the prize of the same name. The prize is awarded to young scientists in recognition of their outstanding achievements. The prize money enables them to spend a research period abroad. The Rudolf Chaudoire Foundation grew out of the legacy of an industrialist based in the Ruhr region, who was passionate about promoting vocational training for young people. Rudolf Chaudoire had no descendants and stipulated in his will that part of his estate should be used to establish the Rudolf Chaudoire Foundation.

Informations on the Rudolf Chaudoire Research Award

Study Foundation of the TU Dortmund

The TU Dortmund University Study Foundation is a foundation under civil law with legal capacity based in Dortmund, which pursues exclusively charitable purposes. This includes, in particular, the promotion of projects that contribute to the sustainable improvement of study conditions and teaching.


Martin Schmeißer Foundation

Rudolf Chaudoire Foundation

Study Foundation of the TU Dortmund

Lorina Kullik
Foundation Advisor in the "Asset Management" Department at the German Foundation Center
Tel.: (0201) 8401-153
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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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