ICL-TUM Global Fellows Program

Since 2017 the Graduate Schools at Imperial College London (ICL) and TUM are collaborating to deliver the Imperial-TUM Global Fellows Programme: Cities of the Future.

The 5 days program focuses on professional skills training and collaboration activities under the academic theme of "Cities of the Future". Designed for 50 doctoral candidates from all disciplines, the Summer School will also allow participants to develop their experience of working in intercultural teams and to develop their research and collaborative skills within an international context, as well as benefitting from insights of leading researchers.

ICL-TUM Global Fellows Program 2019

Application now open! 

From 1-5 July 2019 the 3rd ICL-TUM Global Fellows Programme: Cities of the Future will be hosted by the TUM at the Werk1, Werksviertel, Munich.

The focus for 2019 will be “mobility and infrastructure” covering various aspects of transport, city infrastructure, housing and sustainable urban mobility for all generations and all communities in cities of the future. 

Guest academic speakers will highlight some areas of research that is happening now in the research fields of mobility and infrastructure and ask participants to develop their collaborative research skills by working together to consider the challenges and opportunities of the Cities of the Future.

Academic theme

This year's Cities of the Future focusses on “mobility and infrastructure” covering various aspects of transport, city infrastructure, housing and sustainable urban mobility for all generations and all communities in cities of the future. 

Over half the world’s population now live in cities and it is estimated to increase to 66% by 2050[1]. Imagining cities of the future involves considering a wide range of issues and concepts from promoting healthy living to providing healthcare, from ultra-connected homes and businesses to integrated driverless transport and from resource allocation to sustainable living.

The future is urban[2] and this exciting programme will bring together participants from TUM, Imperial College to develop their skills in interdisciplinary collaborative research. Applying knowledge and skills to suggest how cities can develop to improve quality of life for the urban populations of the future.

Doctoral candidates from any discipline are invited to take part and to share their varied expertise during the programme. The programme will highlight some areas of research that is happening now and ask participants to develop their collaborative research skills by working together to consider the challenges and opportunities of the Cities of the Future. Researchers will be challenged to assess their research skills and develop their interdisciplinary awareness, examining opportunities to collaborate and develop research.

[1] World Urbanisation Prospects
[2] Future of cities: an overview of the evidence

Course description

50 doctoral candidates from TUM, ICL as well as other GlobalTech partner universities will work in small groups, assisted by a coach from one of the participating institutions. The program provides doctoral candidates with a chance to develop their professional and research skills in an international environment.

Topics covered in this programme include:

  • Creating new networks and learning about other research institutions
  • Effective international team working
  • Creativity and the development of collaborative research ideas
  • Effective communication with impact
  • Current research into Cities of the Future

At the end of this programme attendees will have developed:

  • Their appreciation of research in different institutions (posters and networking)
  • Their ability to work well in interdisciplinary teams (team activities)
  • Their intercultural and international competency (networking and team activities)
  • Their ability to work collaboratively on research ideas (project)
  • Their awareness of Cities of the Future research (academic content)

An overview of the course program can be found here

Who can apply?

Application is open to doctoral candidates from all disciplines and TUM departments/schools. Applicants should have a keen interest in Cities of the Future and be willing to engage with topics and concerns in this area. However an in-depth background in the area is not required

TUM applicants must: 

  • Be a current doctoral candidate at TUM (no guest doctorates)
  • Be a full member of the TUM Graduate School
  • Have already participated in the TUM-GS Kick-off seminar
  • Be fluent in English
  • Have an interest and awareness of issues affecting Cities of the Future and a willingness to engage with current topics in responses to developing global citities
  • Have already secured the support for participation from their respective supervisors
  • Be able to participate in the entire one week programm (from Moday morning, 1 July - Friday afternoon, 5 July 2019)  
  • Be willing to share their experiences on the programme with the TUM campus community upon their return

How to apply?

To apply for the Imperial-TUM Global Fellows Program 2019, please submit the following documents in English via email to Mrs Zizheng Zhang (zhang@zv.tum.de):

  • Fully completed Imperial-TUM Global Fellows 2019 Application Form 
  • Short CV - max. 2 pages 
  • Motivation letter outlining why you are applying and your interest in the academic theme (including your expectations and goals for the summer school) - max. 1 page
  • Summary of your doctoral research project - max. 2 pages

Course fee

The TUM Graduate School offers 20 fully funded spots which include:

  • Course fee for the entire course week
  • Lunch from Monday July 1st - Friday July 5th 
  • Course Welcome Dinner on Monday July 1st
  • Travelcard allowing local travel within Munich for the course week (Ring 1-3) - if required 
  • Accommodation: Sunday June 30th – Saturday July 6th (twin rooms) - only for TUM participants who do not live in Munich; places are limited 

Research stay at Imperial College London

Before or following the Global Fellows Program in July 2019, participating TUM doctoral candidates have the opportunity to do a 3-4 weeks research stay at Imperial College London. To support the accommodation and living expenses in London, the TUM Graduate School offers 5 exclusive research@ICL grants of 1.000 EUR* for participants of the Imperial-TUM Global Fellows Program 2019.    

In order to apply for the exclusive research@ICL grant, please: 

1. Discuss this possibility with your doctoral supervisor and contact a potential host at ICL directly.
2. Once you have found a suitable host at ICL, please ask him/her for an invitation letter for your intended research stay.  
3. Submit following documents to the TUM-GS Management Office no later than 6 weeks before the intended start date of the research stay:

*It is possible to combine the Research@ICL Grant with other TUM-GS funding options.

Terms of participation

During the course week, the TUM-GS will take care of the course fee, lunch and local transportation in Munich. Accommodation near the course venue will be provided during the entire course week for TUM participants who do not live in Munich (places are limited). All rooms will be shared with another participant of the same gender. 

Cancellation of participation are free of charge up to 6 weeks before the start of the summer school. For cancellations after 17 May 2019, a cancellation fee of 150 euros will apply, in case we cannot find another candidate to fill your spot. If you cancel on the day of the summer school or fail to appear, we will need to charge you the full 750 euros for the summer school. In the event of illness, we will waive the cancellation fees. However, you must inform us of this no later than 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, 30 June 2019 of the summer school and provide us with a doctor’s letter within 3 days.