Anna Boyksen Fellowship


The Fellowship is named after Anna Boyksen, the first female engineering student at TUM (1906).

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

Outstanding top-level female professors from outside TUM who intend to explore gender- and/or diversity-relevant topics in the context of the TUM subject portfolio together with a TUM research group are eligible for a TUM-IAS Anna Boyksen Fellowship. The proposal is to be submitted jointly by the nominee and the planned TUM-IAS host.

Duration/Stays at TUM

The Fellowships last two years, during which Fellows are expected to spend a total of three to six months at TUM. In this way, TUM-IAS intends to further a lasting and productive connection on an international level.


Anna Boyksen Fellows receive an award of max. €20,000 plus max. €50,000 for travel, accomodation and research-related costs (depending on the length of their stay). 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) and their time. The award will be transferred to the Fellow typically in two or three installments.

Tandem nomination

It is possible to nominate an Anna Boyksen 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 a candidate for an Anna Boyksen Fellowship. For more information on tandem nominations, please see the TUM-IAS Nomination Guidelines.

Anna Boyksen Visiting Fellowship

For those scientists who cannot make the requirement of several months’ stays at TUM, TUM-IAS offers Visiting Fellowships. TUM-IAS supports these short stays with travel and accommodation funding.

How to apply

Please submit the following 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,
  • a 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),
  • a list of major publications (please highlight the 3-5 most important publications of the past five years),
  • a statement of purpose (no more than 5-10 pages) jointly signed by the nominee and the hosting professor, describing how the Fellowship would contribute to the innovation of the scientific environment at TUM, and the specific goals to be achieved. Moreover, it should be clearly indicated to what extent the research project covers gender- and/or diversity-related topics. The statement of purpose should also include the following elements:
    • an abstract,
    • a budget plan and a time plan regarding the nominee’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 for the outlined research project,
    • an outline for an international, ideally interdisciplinary workshop/colloquium, to be organized at the TUM-IAS during the active Fellowship period,
  • a list of 4-6 international peer-reviewers without any conflict of interest* – if applicable, also a list of persons who should be excluded from reviewing the proposal.

*Conflict of Interest
All shortlisted applications for the Anna Boyksen Fellowship are evaluated by independent reviewers. In order to ensure that there is no actual or potential conflict of interest, we must ask any reviewers to refrain from evaluating the proposal if the following circumstances apply:
1. First-degree relationships, marriage, life partnership, domestic partnership with the nominee and/or host.
2. Personal (financial) interest in the proposal’s success or (financial) interest by persons listed under no. 1.
3. Current (within the past three years) or planned close scientific cooperation with the nominee and/or host.
4. Dependent supervisory relationship (e.g. teacher-student relationship up to and including the postdoctoral phase) with the nominee and/or host, extending six years beyond the conclusion of the relationship.
5. The affiliation or pending transfer to the department or to the non-university research institute of the nominee or host.
6. Any other situation that would compromise the ability to unbiasedly evaluate the proposal.

Decisions on the award will be made in consultation with the TUM Senior Vice President Talent Management & Diversity and the TUM Gender & Diversity Board.