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Ruhr Fellowship

RuhrFellowsAbout the Program

Die Ruhr-Universität Bochum organisiert die achte Runde des Ruhr Fellowship Programms. Zwölf Studierende von amerikanischen Eliteuniversitäten lernen im Sommer das Ruhrgebiet aus akademischer, wirtschaftlicher und kultureller Perspektive kennen. Sie durchlaufen im Juni zunächst ein akademisch-kulturelles Programm mit Vorträgen, Kursen und Exkursionen. Anschließend absolvieren sie ein Praktikum bei einem der teilnehmenden Unternehmen, wie zum Beispiel Accenture, innogy, Klöckner und WILO. Unser besonderer Dank gilt den Sponsoren des Ruhr Fellowship Programms: der Max Kade Foundation, New York City, dem Regionalverband Ruhr, Essen, und der Wirtschaftsförderung Dortmund.  

In 2019, the Ruhr University of Bochum will be organizing the Ruhr Fellowship Program. Selected students are invited by the University Alliance Ruhr - TU Dortmund University, Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the University of Duisburg-Essen - the Max Kade Foundation and the Wirtschaftsförderung Dortmund (City of Dortmund Economic Development Agency) to experience a unique two-month summer program and explore the cultural, industrial and academic landscape of the Ruhr Area.

During the first month, the Ruhr Fellows take part in an intensive language and culture program, hosted and organized by one of the UA Ruhr universities, and consisting of language classes, seminars and excursions, as well as company site visits.

During the second month, the students undertake at least a four-week internship at a company located in the Rhine-Ruhr region.

Program History


In 2018, TU Dortmund University welcomed 12 students from Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, Lehigh University, Harvard University, Yale University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley, in cooperation with the Max Kade Foundation, the Wirtschaftsförderung Dortmund (City of Dortmund Economic Development Agency) and Bayer.


The University of Duisburg-Essen will again be organizing the program in this year. Students were able to apply for a space in the program through early December.



In the fifth year of the program, the Ruhr University Bochum welcomed 17 students to the Ruhr Area.


In 2015 we welcomed 17 students in engineering and natural science fields from the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and - for the first time - the University of California, Berkeley, to the Ruhr Area as a part of the Ruhr Fellowship Program. TU Dortmund University hosted the academic and cultural program in June before the students moved on to their internships in July.



The third year of the Ruhr Fellowship Program is being organized by the University of Duisburg-Essen and will provide 14 American students with the opportunity to experience German language, culture, education and industry first hand. The application deadline was on December 5, 2013, and we are looking forward to welcoming the new Ruhr Fellows in June! With over 70 applicants, this was an especially competitive year!



The second year of the Ruhr Fellowship was organized by the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and offered 14 students the chance to experience the Ruhr Area first hand. Further information can be found here:



In the first year of this new program, which was organized and hosted by TU Dortmund University, ten excellent students were chosen from 40 applicants and made outstanding contributions to the success of this program, even in the years thereafter. Further information can be found here:



Dortmund Ruhr Fellow Blogs

Group Blog, 2015 Ruhr Fellows

This year we have four different bloggers sharing their  experiences with us: Chatarin from Princeton, Youjin from UC Berkeley, Charles from UPenn and Tony from Harvard.


Heidi's Blog, 2012 Ruhr Fellow

Heidi Lim, Ruhr Fellow from Harvard in 2012, blogged regularly about her experiences in the Ruhr Area. Read more about her adventures to get an insight into what it's like to be a Ruhr Fellow:


Hello there! My name is Heidi Lim, and I am currently an environmental engineering student at Harvard University. This summer, I'm living in Germany for a unique culture exchange program, the Ruhr Fellowship, which brings to Germany ten engineering students from the US to learn German and intern for a local company, all while immersing them in German culture. On this blog, I will post my experiences, adventures, food obsessions, and other musings.


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Laura Hope