Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship

Target Group

Outstanding international scientists who intend to explore innovative, high-risk topics in their scientific research areas together with a TUM Research Group are eligible for a TUM-IAS Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship. The nominee and the planned TUM-IAS Host should submit a joint proposal.


This Fellowship is named after TUM professor Hans Fischer (1881–1945), who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1930 for his pioneering work on hemoglobin and related structures.

Duration/Stays at TUM

The Fellowships last 3 years with the expectation that the Fellow will spend a total of at least 9 months at TUM (which can be divided individually into several stays). In this way, TUM-IAS intends to further a lasting and productive connection on an international level.

Hans Fischer Senior Fellows will automatically receive the benefits of a TUM-IAS Visiting Fellow for the year following the end of their tenure. Support includes up to €10,000 for non-European or up to €5,000 for European travel to TUM and housing expenses. Afterwards Alumni Fellows may apply for a Visiting Fellowship, depending on the availability of funds.


Hans Fischer Senior Fellows receive an award of €60,000 plus €50,000 for travel, housing and research related costs, such as the organization of workshops etc. A further €50,000 can be allocated to the Fellowship if required (e.g. projects with special experimental needs). This further funding requires an application to the TUM-IAS office and will be granted on the basis of quality, need and availability of funds. Fellows will be given a maximum degree of freedom as to how they utilize these funds (within bounds set by the funding agencies; funds are administered by the TUM-IAS) and their time. The award will be transferred to the Fellow typically in two to three installments.

Doctoral Candidate

Hans Fischer Senior Fellows receive support for one doctoral candidate at TUM (TV-L E 13 position (max. 75%) for three years), who will be co-advised by the TUM Host professor and the Hans Fischer Senior Fellow. Hans Fischer Senior Fellows have the right to award doctorates (Promotionsrecht). The doctoral candidate is encouraged to spend a significant part of his/her studies abroad at the home institute of the TUM-IAS Fellow. The doctoral work should be performed mainly during the Fellowship time, therefore the search and hiring process of a candidate should be accomplished within six months after the Fellowship appointment. In exceptional cases TUM-IAS may also consider a limited post-doc position, within the same financial framework.

Family Support

For Fellows with family responsibilities, the TUM-IAS offers flexible funding, additional administrative support, and various other kinds of provisions. For more information, please see here.

Tandem Nomination

Each Host has to suggest two candidates for a Fellowship. At least one of these candidates must be a female researcher. It is possible to nominate two candidates for the same Fellowship, or for two different Fellowships (options: Anna Boyksen, Hans Fischer, Hans Fischer Senior, Rudolf Diesel Industry Fellowship). 

How to Apply
  • The Deans of TUM Departments, all further members of the TUM Extended Board of Management (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 department or the Director of the hosting Institute).
  • Please submit the following application documents:
    • 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,
    • nomination letter (1-2 pages) by the Dean of the hosting department or another member of the TUM Extended Board of Management (EHP) or TUM-IAS Board of Trustees,
    • a CV (no more than 5 pages) including a list of major publications (please highlight the 3-5 most important publications of the past 5 years),
    • a statement of purpose (no more than 5-10 pages) jointly signed by the candidate and the hosting professor, describing how the Fellowship would contribute to the innovation of the scientific or technological environment at TUM, and the specific goals to be achieved. The statement of purpose should also include the following elements:
      • 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 that should be excluded from reviewing the proposal.

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.