Rudolf Diesel Industry Fellowship


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.

Please note

There is currently no call for nominations for this fellowship program.
Calls will be published once a year on the TUM-IAS website.

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 not possible to apply for the Fellowship on one's own, but a nomination must be made by a TUM professor who acts as a host and close collaboration partner at TUM.
At the time of nomination, nominees should expect to remain employed at their company for the duration of their Fellowship. The proposal is to be submitted jointly by the nominee and the planned TUM host.


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.

Duration/Nature of the Fellowship

The Fellowship lasts three years, during which the Fellow continues to be employed by their 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.


The Fellow receives a research fund (up to €20,000) for travel, accommodation and research related costs (e.g. organizing a workshop) depending on the length of their 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). In addition, the Fellow receives support for one doctoral candidate at TUM.

Tandem nomination

It is possible to nominate a Rudolf Diesel Industry Fellowship candidate as part of a “tandem package” together with a Hans Fischer (Senior) Fellowship candidate. However, this is not mandatory – it is also possible to only nominate one candidate for a Rudolf Diesel Industry Fellowship.

How to apply

Please submit the following application documents:

  • a cover page (available for download),
  • a nomination letter (1-2 pages) by a TUM professor (host), including a description of the facilities provided for the Fellow by the TUM host institute as well as a confirmation from the host that he/she expects to hold a professorship at TUM for the duration of the Fellowship (if not, please indicate an additional host who would then take over),
  • a nomination letter (1-2 pages) by the dean of the hosting school or another member of the TUM Extended Board of Management (EHP) or TUM-IAS Board of Trustees,
  • a CV (no more than 5 pages),
  • a list of major publications (please highlight your 3-5 most important publications of the past five years),
  • a statement of purpose (no more than 5-10 pages) jointly signed by the candidate and the hosting professor, describing the content of the joint research, its innovative potential and the concrete implementation plans. This statement should also include
    • an abstract,
    • a budget plan,
    • a time plan regarding the candidate’s projected periods of stay at TUM,
    • an identification of possible additional (interdisciplinary) collaboration partners both within TUM-IAS and within TUM as well as a short explanation as to why this collaboration would be beneficial,
    • an outline for an international, ideally interdisciplinary workshop/colloquium, to be organized during the active Fellowship period,
  • a list of 4-6 international peer-reviewers without any conflict of interest (definition: please see here) – if applicable, also a list of persons who should be excluded from reviewing the proposal.
  • The TUM-IAS may ask its Rudolf Diesel Industry Fellows to provide proof of employment with their company for the duration of their Fellowship.