Rudolf Diesel Industry Fellowship

Target Group

The TUM-IAS Rudolf Diesel Industry Fellowship is designed for outstanding researchers from industry who would like to expand their connection to a TUM research group.


It is the Fellowship’s purpose to enhance collaboration and knowledge-sharing between research units at TUM and company research laboratories. To increase international collaboration, TUM-IAS especially welcomes applications from companies from outside Germany.


The Fellowship is named after Rudolf Diesel (1858-1913), who was a TUM student with Prof. Carl von Linde. In 1897, Diesel invented the combustion principle that is named after him.

Duration/Nature of the Fellowship

The Fellowship lasts three years, during which the Fellow continues to be employed by his company. It is based on a joint proposal by the applicant and the TUM Host professor. Throughout the affiliation period, the Rudolf Diesel Industry Fellows may offer special courses and lectures in their field of expertise to enhance the connection between the university and industry. Fellows are expected to develop an intensive collaboration with their hosting Focus Group, to participate in TUM-IAS programs and events, and to organize activities such as a workshop, public talks, or speakers' series in order to contribute to the intellectual life of the Institute and the university.
In order to guarantee an active exchange of ideas and to intensify the collaboration, TUM-IAS encourages the company to contribute funding for a doctoral candidate to the project, which would then be jointly mentored and advised by the TUM Host professor and the Rudolf Diesel Industry Fellow. The funding could be administered either by TUM-IAS or the chair of the host.


The Fellow receives a research fund for travel, accommodation and research related costs (e.g. organizing a workshop) depending on the length of his/her actual stay at TUM. Fellows will be given a maximum degree of freedom as to how they utilize these funds (within bounds set by funding agencies; the funds are administered by the TUM-IAS).

Family support

For Fellows with family responsibilities, the TUM-IAS offers flexible funding (for example for childcare/school fees), additional administrative support, and various other kinds of provisions. For more information, please see here.

How to apply
  • The Deans of TUM Faculties, all further members of the “Erweitertes Hochschulpräsidium (EHP)” and members of the TUM-IAS Board of Trustees can directly nominate candidates for TUM-IAS Fellowships (any member of the university community can propose, but the nomination must be channeled through the Dean of the hosting Faculty or the Director of the hosting Institute).

  • Please submit the following application documents:

    • a nomination letter including a description of the facilities provided for the Fellow by the TUM Host institute,
    • a CV (no more than 5 pages) and a list of publications,
    • a statement of purpose jointly signed by the candidate and the hosting professor, describing the content of the joint research, its innovative potential and the concrete11implementation plans, including any planned events to enhance the Institute's intellectual environment. This statement should also includ
    • a budget plan,
    • a time plan regarding the candidate’s projected periods of stay at TUM,
    • a list of 4-6 international peer-reviewers without any conflict of interest (definition: please see here) – if applicable, also a list of persons that should be excluded from reviewing the proposal,
    • a letter of nomination from the Dean of the hosting faculty or another member of the EHP or Board of Trustees.

  • The TUM-IAS may ask its Rudolf Diesel Industry Fellows to provide proof of employment with their company for the duration of their Fellowship.
  • Calls will be published once a year on the TUM-IAS website. Please send nominations directly to the TUM-IAS office. Decisions will be mailed within six months.