Practical Research Experience Program – Call for Projects 2020

Take advantage of the opportunity to attract talented students from excellent North American universities for at least 10 weeks over the summer for your research projects via the TUM Practical Research Experience Program (TUM PREP).


All TUM departments are again most welcome to submit their projects for PREP 2020 (end of May – mid-August, extendable on request) from now until August 30, 2019. A short form for your project description can be found on the TUM PREP website.

You are free to keep the project content in the description still quite general and to adapt details to the academic background of your TUM PREP participants later. Please ensure that your TUM PREP projects are reserved exclusively for TUM PREP participants until the end of the selection process (end of January 2020).

For further information, please contact the TUM PREP Program Manager of TUM International Center, Sara Basurco (basurco@zv.tum.de) or visit the TUM PREP website.

Program description:

TUM PREP enables in summer 2020 again 50 bachelor and master students of select universities from the USA and Canada to participate in research projects at TUM during at least 10 weeks of their summer break. So far, students from MIT, Harvard, UC Berkeley, British Columbia and Georgia Tech amongst others did research at TUM via TUM PREP. The program is administered centrally by TUM International Center (IC) and enables TUM researchers to employ excellent international Bachelor and Master students in their ongoing research projects without high administrative effort and to establish or to strengthen research cooperations with North American universities.

The administrative side (application administration, enrollment, housing support etc.) is completely covered by the TUM IC and the scientists can concentrate on the selection of suitable candidates and their academic support. The students receive individual support from the program manager at the TUM IC and TUM student buddies and profit from a partial scholarship as well as support in the organization of their accommodation. In addition, a cultural framework program with an orientation week helps the students to get adapted to the new environment.

Since all organizational issues can be clarified largely during the TUM PREP orientation week, the by experience very motivated TUM PREP students are able to concentrate at least 10 complete weeks full-time on their research projects and help to make considerable progress. Also, take advantage of the opportunity to gain potential highly qualified PhD students from the talented TUM PREP bachelor and master students and to increase the international visibility of your chair.

Finally, almost all TUM departments offer a TUM PREP module, which you can even use to get some SWS credited to your teaching load. Inquire with the International Affairs Delegates of your respective department.