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Time limits

The Federal Government has amended the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (Science Time Contract Act), the current regulation of 23.09.2020 is effective from 01.10.2020:
"Due to the current exceptional situation, the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (WissZeitVG) (Science Time Contract Act) was amended in May 2020 by the Wissenschafts- und Studierendenunterstützungsgesetz (WissStudUG) to include a temporary transitional regulation: due to the pandemic-related restrictions on university and academic operations, the maximum fixed-term limit for academic and artistic staff who are in their qualification phase was extended. Employment relationships for qualification that exist between March 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020 can additionally be extended by six months.

In the event that the COVID 19 pandemic should continue, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research was also authorized, by ordinance with the consent of the Bundesrat, to extend the maximum term limit by a further six months at most, depending on the duration of the crisis.
The BMBF has now made use of this ordinance authorization, as the pandemic continues to place considerable restrictions on university and scientific operations. Against this background, the maximum fixed-term period for scientists in their qualification phase will be extended by a further six months. This six-month extension also applies to employment relationships that are not established until between October 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. The Federal Council approved the legal ordinance on September 18, 2020. The ordinance entered into force on October 1, 2020."

The regulation does not mean that correspondingly existing employment relationships are automatically extended. A separate application from the faculties and institutions in the usual form is required in each individual case. Information on this can be found in the ServicePortal.
For further information, please contact your administrator at the Department of Human Resources and Legal Affairs, Human Resources Division.

Information from the DFG for applicants and grantees
Scientists* who would like to submit a proposal to the DFG and are hesitating because of the coronavirus pandemic have various regulations and options.

(Status: 22.01.2021)


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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 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 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 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”.

Site Map of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity (Second Page in English).