TUM Graduate School Financial Support

The TUM Graduate School offers doctoral candidates financial support for international stays abroad. There are also short-term scholarships and grants to provide bridge financing at the start or end of a candidate’s doctoral research phase.

TUM-GS does not offer any regular doctoral scholarships, fellowships or grants or job opportunities for doctoral candidates. You can find general information on how to fund your doctorate in the applicants' section.

At the start of doctoral research

Bridge Financing Grant

The TUM-GS Bridge Financing Grant was established to support outstanding graduates of TUM master’s degree programs who plan to embark on doctoral research at TUM. The grant offers financial support between when a candidate starts his/her academic research work immediately after earning the master’s degree and when the actual doctoral financing starts. Applicants are considered for selection based on performance-related criteria and on significant involvement outside their specific disciplines, for example in the social realm. Applications from women, people with migration backgrounds, and people with special personal circumstances are especially welcome.

The grant provides funding of 1,000 euros per month, plus a family supplement of 150 euros per month per child. The grant is provided for a maximum of three months.

Applicants should fulfill the following criteria:

  • completion of an above-average Master's degree from TUM within the last 6 months;
  • a supervision commitment by a TUM professor;
  • a commitment for employment by TUM or a commitment for a scholarship;
  • intention to apply for entry into the doctoral candidacy list (i.e. planning to become a regular doctoral candidate).

You can apply twice a year: until 30 June (grant starting in fall/winter) and 31 January (grant starting in spring/summer). You can download the application form here.

Detailed information can be found in the Bridge Financing Grant info sheet.

During the Doctorate

TUM-GS Internationalization Support

TUM-GS supports international and intercultural cooperation in research and efforts to build global networks. Doctoral candidates can apply for a variety of funds set aside to support internationalization. Some graduate centers also provide support beyond this amount. For an overview of requirements and other rules, please see the section on "Internationalization".

Initiative Grant

Initiative, interdisciplinary cooperation and social skills are sought-after qualities among TUM graduates who apply for positions in their field and for management positions. The TUM Graduate School promotes these skills with the new Initiative Grant, which enables financial support for the organization of interdisciplinary workshops and similar events for doctoral candidates as well as for initiatives and social projects organized by doctoral candidates .

The amount of the support provided is geared toward the type of event, up to a maximum of EUR 2,000 per activity.

The (informal) request for funding has to be made by at least two doctoral candidates from different TUM departments. The application should explain the background of the project, the type and scope, the target group as well as the expected impact. It should also be detailed how the money will be spend. Contact: Ms Kathrin Schmidt (schmidtk@zv.tum.de).

At the end of doctoral research

Degree Completion Grant

The TUM Graduate School Degree Completion Grant is offered to support doctoral candidates from all disciplines during the final phase of their doctoral studies. The goal of this grant is, in particular, to support doctoral candidates whose doctoral studies have been delayed due to pregnancy, parental leave, raising children, severe chronic disease/health problems or caring for family members.

The TUM-GS Degree Completion Grant amounts to EUR 1,200 for three months. A distinction is made between doctoral candidates who are employed by TUM and those who are not:


Doctoral candidates employed by TUM (info sheet)

  • Contract extension for up to three months:
    TUM-GS co-finances contract extensions (typically at least 50% TV-L E13) with up to EUR 1,200 per month for a maximum of three months. The chair or department is supposed to make up the difference.
  • Contract extension for up to six months:
     TUM-GS co-finances contract extensions (typically at least 50% TV-L E13) with up to EUR 600 per month for a maximum of six months. The chair or department is supposed to make up the difference.

Doctoral candidates not employed by TUM (e.g. recipients of a scholarship, fellowship or grant) (info sheet)

  • Grants for up to three months:
    The grant in the amount of EUR 1,200 per month is awarded for a maximum of three months.
  • Grants for up to six months:
    As part of a co-financing arrangement with the chair or department, applications for a grant of EUR 1,200 per month can be submitted for up to six months. TUM-GS assumes EUR 600 per month out of that amount. The chair or department assumes the remaining EUR 600.

You can find further information on how to apply for the Completion Grant in the section Family & Diversity -> Financial Support.