Dieter Schwarz Fellowship


This Fellowship is funded by the Dieter Schwarz Foundation to promote the research areas of the TUM Campus Heilbronn through international cooperation with other universities and research institutions.

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 international scientists from outside TUM who intend to explore innovative, high-risk topics in the key areas researched at the TUM Campus Heilbronn together with a TUM research group are eligible for a Dieter Schwarz Fellowship. Candidates primarily have expertise in information, engineering, economics, political or social sciences. It is not possible to apply for the Fellowship on one's own, but a nomination must be made by a TUM professor (preferably located on the TUM Campus Heilbronn) who acts as a host and close collaboration partner at TUM. At the time of nomination, nominees should expect to remain employed at their home institution for the duration of their Fellowship. The proposal is to be submitted jointly by the nominee and the planned TUM host.

Duration/Stays at TUM

The Fellowship lasts three years, with the expectation that the Fellow will spend a total of at least nine 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.

Dieter Schwarz 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 accommodation expenses. Afterwards Alumni Fellows may apply for a Visiting Fellowship, depending on the availability of funds.


Dieter Schwarz Fellows receive an award of €60,000 plus €50,000 for travel, accommodation and research-related costs, such as the organization of workshops etc. 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 to three installments.

Doctoral candidate

Dieter Schwarz Fellows receive support for one doctoral candidate at TUM (TV-L E13 position (max. 75%) for three years), who will be co-advised by the TUM host professor and the Dieter Schwarz Fellow. Dieter Schwarz Fellows have the right to award doctorates (Promotionsrecht). The doctoral candidate is encouraged to spend a significant part of their studies abroad at the home institute of the 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.

Tandem nomination

As is the case for some of our Fellowships, also nominations for the Dieter Schwarz Fellowship require a tandem nomination, i.e. each prospective host has to nominate two candidates for a Fellowship. At least one of these candidates must be a female researcher. Both nominations will be evaluated individually according to our usual multi-stage evaluation procedure (please see here for further details). Tandem nominations can be for the same or for several Fellowship categories (options: Dieter Schwarz Fellowship candidate plus Dieter Schwarz Fellowship candidate, Dieter Schwarz Fellowship candidate plus Hans Fischer (Senior) Fellowship candidate or Dieter Schwarz Fellowship candidate plus Rudolf Diesel Industry Fellowship candidate). From the proposed tandem, both nominees may be successful, or one, or none.

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 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 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 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 (definition: please see here), - if applicable, also a list of persons who should be excluded from reviewing the proposal.
Evaluation and Data Policy

Due to the provision of financial resources for this Fellowship, a representative of the Dieter Schwarz Foundation will be involved in the selection process by having the right to attend the meetings of the TUM-IAS Advisory Council (without voting right). In addition, a representative of a partner university of the “Joint Global Research Hub” (Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, Stanford University, Hebrew University Jerusalem, HEC Paris, ETH Zurich) is entitled to attend these meetings (also without voting right). As the Dieter Schwarz Fellow resides abroad, TUM may disclose certain documents relating to the Fellowship to the Dieter Schwarz Foundation for tax reasons. For more details, please see the TUM-IAS Nomination Guidelines.