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Research Stays Abroad: TUM Graduate School Internationalization Support

TUM-GS supports international and intercultural cooperation in research and efforts to build global networks. International research stays and activities are an essential part of doctoral qualification. Such activities enable doctoral candidates to gain valuable personal experience as well as useful career objectives. Therefore, TUM supports international research activities of its doctoral candidates. However, in agreement with their doctoral supervisors, doctoral candidates shall plan their international activities economic efficiently and within the legal framework of the Bavarian Travel Expense Act (Bayerisches Reisekostengesetz).

The TUM Graduate School offers financial support to its members to cover part of the expenses of their international activities. The financial support will be granted within the legal framework of the Bavarian Travel Expense Act, as well as the specific regulations of the TUM-GS and the respective Graduate Center.

In terms of the support provided for internationalization, a distinction is drawn between the following groups of doctoral candidates:

TUM research and teaching associates

TUM-GS provides support to doctoral candidates who are employed at TUM as research/teaching associates in the form of funding of 1,600 euros for the following:

  • Stays for research purposes at a scientific, academic or research institution or within an industrial firm that conducts research in another country
  • Presentation of the candidate’s own scientific, scholarly or research findings at international conferences, symposia etc. in another country
  • Attending international subject-specific summer/winter schools, workshops, etc. in another country
  • Inviting international visiting researchers to do joint research on the candidate’s own dissertation project
  • Travel expenses for examiners (from foreign universities) to participate in the doctoral voce

Doctoral candidates who are completing their doctoral research according to the current TUM Regulations for the Award of Doctoral Degrees (effective January 1, 2014) can apply for an additional 1,400 euros for the following:

  • Stays for research purposes lasting no less than four weeks at a time at a scientific, academic or research institution or within an industrial firm that conducts research in another country

The following application documents are typically needed:

  1. Service/continuing education approval (Dienst-/Fortbildungsgenehmigung)
  2. Disbursement order from the relevant travel expense office (Auszahlungsanordnung der Reisekostenstelle)
  3. Application for TUM-GS internationalization support, which requires prior approval from the relevant Graduate Center
  4. All relevant original documents/payment confirmation
  5. in case of applications before the feedback talk: explanation from the supervisor that the internationalization activity is beneficial to the doctoral project in the early stage of doctorate 

Please contact your respective Graduate Center for further information about the application. Please note that the individual Graduate Centers may have their own specific rules regarding support for internationalization. If so, these specific rules take precedence and must be observed accordingly. 

All travel expenses are reiumbursed in accordance with the Bavarian Travel Expense Act (BayRKG). Please note that there are special reimbursement regulations for (short-term) allocation ("Zuweisung/Abordnung") to another university/location.

Scholarship, fellowship or grant recipients

Doctoral candidates who have received a scholarship, fellowship or grant (e.g. DAAD, Chinese Scholarship Council, Begabtenförderwerke, etc.) can generally, like research/teaching associates, apply for funding of 1,600 euros for the following:

  • Stays for research purposes at a scientific, academic or research institution or within an industrial firm that conducts research in another country
  • Presentation of the candidate’s own scientific, scholarly or research findings at international conferences, symposia etc. in another country
  • Attending international subject-specific summer/winter schools, workshops, etc. in another country
  • Inviting international visiting researchers to do joint research on the candidate’s own dissertation project
  • Travel expenses for examiners (from foreign universities) to participate in the doctoral voce

Doctoral candidates who are completing their doctoral research according to the current TUM Regulations for the Award of Doctoral Degrees (effective January 1, 2014) can apply for an additional 1,400 euros for the following:

  • Stays for research purposes lasting no less than four weeks at a time at a scientific, academic or research institution or within an industrial firm that conducts research in another country

The following application documents are typically needed:

  1. Application for TUM-GS internationalization support, which requires prior approval from the relevant Graduate Center
  2. All relevant original documents/payment confirmations
  3. Written documentation, typically from the provider of the scholarship, fellowship or grant, stating that the funding does not include any travel funds of its own
  4. in case of applications before the feedback talk: explanation from the supervisor that the internationalization activity is beneficial to the doctoral project in the early stage of doctorate

Please contact your respective Graduate Center for further information about the application. Doctoral candidates should also consult the relevant Graduate Center early on for information on whether they can apply for TUM-GS internationalization support with their scholarship, fellowship or grant. 

Please note that the individual Graduate Centers may have their own specific rules regarding support for internationalization. If so, these specific rules take precedence and must be observed accordingly. For further information, your doctoral candidates can contact the relevant Graduate Center directly.   

All travel expenses are reiumbursed in accordance with the Bavarian Travel Expense Act (BayRKG).

"Industrial doctoral candidates" and doctoral candidates with other financing

Doctoral candidates who are not employed at TUM, nor have they received a traditional scholarship, fellowship or grant for their doctoral research, can apply for the TUM-GS Internationalization Grant of max. 1600 EUR that will be awarded based on a competitive selection process. Doctoral candidates who are excellent in their disciplines can apply for this grant for the following:

  • A stay for research purposes at a scientific, academic or research institution or within an industrial firm that conducts research in another country
  • Presentation of the candidate’s own scientific, scholarly or research findings at international conferences, symposia etc. in another country
  • Attending international subject-specific summer/winter schools, workshops, etc.

The full application documents must be submitted to the relevant Department Graduate Center. For further information (deadlines, application documents etc.), please contact the Graduate Centers directly.

Additional forms of support for internationalization from TUM-GS

In addition, TUM-GS also offers a travel expense supplement for those who wish to attend subject-specific courses and for international research stays at partner universities (e.g. EuroTech, GlobalTech) as well as a diversity travel expense supplement.

Partnership Mobility Grant

The TUM Graduate School supports international networking and subject-specific dialogue among doctoral candidates with strategic partner universities. Via the TUM-GS Partnership Mobility Grant, TUM-GS members can apply for a one-time supplement to their travel expenses to attend subject-specific courses, summer schools, workshops and similar events and/or for longer stays for research purposes (at least four weeks) at the following partner universities:

EuroTech Alliance:

GlobalTech Alliance:

Additional partner university: 

The TUM-GS Partnership Mobility Grant is a one-time supplement to the travel expenses. Within the scope of the grant, costs that have already been incurred before the travel begins for things like flights, rail tickets, and similar items are eligible for reimbursement in the amount of

  • up to EUR 500 for travel within Europe
  • up to EUR 1,000 for travel outside Europe

upon presentation of corresponding documentation. The TUM-GS Partnership Mobility Grant can be combined with regular TUM-GS internationalization support.

Diversity Supplement Travel Grant

The TUM-GS Diversity Supplement Travel Grant supports subject-specific stays abroad by doctoral candidates with family obligations and/or special health/other needs.

The Diversity Supplement Travel Grant is a supplement to the travel expenses incurred for family members (e.g. child(ren)) of doctoral candidates who absolutely must travel with the candidates due to special circumstances.

Doctoral candidates who face significant additional costs when traveling due to physical disabilities or special needs or other special circumstances can also apply for this supplement.

The doctoral candidate can apply for up to 500 euros per trip for the travel expenses actually incurred. Applications are submitted directly to the TUM-GS Management Office.