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TUM-UQ Research Exchange

TUM and the University of Queensland (UQ) have established a research exchange program for doctoral candidates. As highly ranked institutions, and research partners, the exchange program aims to strengthen research linkages and provide opportunities for doctoral candidates from each university to extend and enhance their doctoral research work.

Key program details

Doctoral candidates participating in the research exchange will be enrolled as non-award doctoral candidates at the University of Queensland for stays of 1-3 months. They are not charged tuition fees. 

Exchange candidates will have supervision at the UQ and, for the period of the visit, access to UQ library, laboratory, and other resources comparable to locally-enrolled doctoral candidates.

Exchange candidate's progression, thesis supervision and examination will remain the principal responsibility of the TUM supervisor and academic department. 

At the completion of the exchange program, exchange candidates will be provided with a joint TUM-UQ certificate confirming their participation in the research exchange program, but will not be awarded a joint/double degree or academic transcript. 


The TUM-UQ Research Exchange is open to TUM doctoral candidates from all disciplines. In order to be eligible for the program the applicant must: 

  • have the approval/support from the TUM supervisor
  • have found a supervisor at UQ 
  • be a regular member of the TUM Graduate School 
  • have attended the TUM Graduate School Kick-Off Seminar
  • have passed the interim evaluation/feedback talk at the time of anticipated exchange start date
  • meet UQ’s English language proficiency requirements. (if you are unable to provide test results please contact the Exchange Advisor listed below) 

How to apply

In order to apply for the program, please 

  1. Contact one of UQ's Schools/Institutes to discuss your interest in visiting UQ as a research exchange candidate and determine if there is a suitable advisor for you.
  2. Once the School/Institute invites you to apply, you will need to complete the Application for Research Study Exchange form and write a motivation letter, as well as submit an academic CV and an evidence of English language proficiency. 
  3. Send all required application documents to the Program Exchange Liaison Officer at the TUM Graduate School.
  4. Upon approval of the application by TUM, the UQ Graduate School will issue an offer letter and package.

Application deadline

There are two preferred intakes each year in January and July:

  • The deadline to apply for a January start date will be 1st September.
  • The deadline to apply for a July start date is 1st of March. 

Program funding

Outoing TUM doctoral candidates participating in the TUM-UQ Research Exchange Program may apply for the TUM-GS Partnership Mobility Grant for travel support of 1.000 EUR in addition to the regular TUM-GS internationalization support. 

To support accommodation and living expenses in Brisbane, participating TUM candidates may be awarded witht the exclusive TUM-GS exchange@UQ grant of 150 EUR per week for research stays from 5 to 12 weeks*.

*the exchange@UQ grant will be awarded starting from week 5 of the research stay.  


For all information about the TUM-UQ Research Exchange Program, please contact: 

Ms Julia Vrooman 
Public Relations & International Pograms
TUM Graduate School
Phone: +49 89 289 10624

Getting to Brisbane and Settling In

It is highly recommended to read UQ's International Student Guide to familiarise yourself with visas, health insurance and other key information about living and studying in Australia. A short guide with general information about arriving in Brisbane is also available for your review.

Training requirements

Upon arrival exchange candidates will be provided with a local health and safety orientation. This will include some face to face and some online modules (such as fire training). At this induction any additional training will be identified. This may include training such as:

  • Animal Ethics online training. Students will also be provided with hands on training in the procedures they will be using by relevant experienced staff before proceeding with animal work.
  • Online Biological Safety training
  • Chemical Safety online training

Other types of training may also be required and will be discussed with you by your host supervisor.

Accommodation and Airport Transfers

Once enrolled you can use the UQ system to book an airport transfer. Alternative ways to get to and from the airport are also available. 

Information on accommodation options at UQ can be found through UQ's Accommodation website. Please use the Brisbane Translink website to assess the travel distance from campus. Some accommodation providers UQ recommend: