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Eligibility: Outstanding early-career (doctorate completed within the past 12 years) international scientists who intend to explore innovative, high-risk topics in their scientific research areas together with a TUM Research Group

Hans Fischer Fellowships 2018

This Fellowship is named after TUM professor Hans Fischer (1881-1945), who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1930 for his pioneering work on hemoglobin and related structures.

Outstanding early-career (doctorate completed within the past 12 years) international scientists who intend to explore innovative, high-risk topics in their scientific research areas together with a TUM Research Group are strongly encouraged to apply for Hans Fischer Fellowships.

The Fellowships last 3 years with the expectation that the Fellow will spend a total of at least 9 months at TUM (which can be divided individually into several stays). In this way, the TUM-IAS intends to further a lasting and productive connection on an international level.

Why apply?

Hans Fischer Fellows receive an award of €30,000 plus €50,000 for travel, housing and research related costs, such as the organization of workshops etc. A further €30,000 can be allocated to the Fellowship if required (e.g. for projects with special experimental needs).

This further funding requires an application to the TUM-IAS office and will be granted on the basis of quality, need and availability of funds. Fellows will be given a maximum degree of freedom as to how they utilize these funds (within bounds set by funding agencies; the funds are administered by the TUM-IAS) and their time. The award will be transferred to the Fellow typically in two to three installments.

How to apply

The Deans of TUM Faculties, all further members of the “Erweitertes Hochschulpräsidium (EHP)” as well as members of the TUM-IAS Board of Trustees can directly nominate candidates for TUM-IAS Fellowships (any member of the university community can propose, but the nomination must typically be channeled through the Dean of the hosting Faculty or the Director of the hosting Institute).

Please submit the following application documents:

  • a nomination letter including the facilities provided for the Fellow by the TUM Host institute,
  • a CV (no more than 5 pages) including a list of major publications (please highlight the 3-5 most important publications),
  • a statement of purpose jointly signed by the candidate and the hosting professor, describing how the Fellowship would contribute to the innovation of the scientific or technological environment at TUM, and the specific goals to be achieved.

The statement of purpose should also include the following elements:

  • a budget plan,
  • a time plan regarding the candidate’s projected periods of stay at TUM,
  • an identification of possible additional (interdisciplinary) collaboration partners both within TUM-IAS and within TUM as well as a short explanation as to why this collaboration would be beneficial,
  • an outline for an international, ideally interdisciplinary workshop/colloquium, to be organized during the active Fellowship period,
  • a list of 4-6 international peer-reviewers without any conflict of interest (definition: please see here) – if applicable, also a list of persons that should be excluded from reviewing the proposal,
  • a letter of nomination from the Dean of the hosting faculty or another member of the EHP or Board of Trustees.

Who can apply?

Proposed Fellows have to have completed their doctorate within the last 12 years (allowance can be made for special circumstances like parental leave). Hans Fischer Fellows have to provide proof of employment at their home institution for the duration of the Fellowship.

Calls will be published once a year on the TUM-IAS website. Please send nominations directly to the TUM-IAS office. Decisions will be mailed within six months.

Interested in applying for Hans Fischer Fellowships 2018? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.

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