Philosopher in Residence Fellowship


Innovative developments in modern scientific and technical disciplines are often accompanied by implications that require deeper philosophical consideration and embedding. This is what the Philosopher in Residence Program aims to do: promotion of discourse between philosophy and other sciences and public debate about the conclusions of this interdisciplinary exchange. Furthermore, this Fellowship is to be located within the framework of the TUM Agenda 2030, which pursues a stronger integration of the humanities (e.g. Human Centered Engineering).

This program is supported by the TÜV SÜD Foundation.

Please note

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

Target Group

The Philosopher in Residence Fellowship is aimed at internationally leading and emerging representatives of the field of philosophy wishing to carry out a joint project with a TUM professor (or several TUM professors, if cooperation in a group is suitable) from the fields of natural sciences, engineering, life sciences including medicine and health sciences, economics or social sciences. Applicants are completely free in their choice of topics. It is not possible to apply for the Fellowship on one's own, but the proposal is to be submitted jointly by the applicant and a TUM professor who acts as a host and close collaboration partner at TUM.

Duration/Stays at TUM

The Fellowship is scheduled for twelve months, at least four of which will be spent at TUM. We promote philosophical engagement with the latest research and innovative approaches in the above areas.


The TUM-IAS Philosopher in Residence is endowed with €30,000 for research-related costs, travel expenses and housing. In addition, the TUM-IAS Philosopher in Residence receives an award of €70,000. The publication of the results and the organization of a workshop at TUM-IAS are expected. 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 installments.


The program is designed for internationally renowned scholars in the field of philosophy (degree and/or doctorate and/or a chair/current academic position in philosophy) from outside TUM with doctoral degrees and advanced academic experience (at least five years after the doctorate) whose interests lie at the interface of philosophy and one of the disciplines at TUM.

How to apply

Please submit the following application documents:

  • a cover page (available for download),
  • a supporting letter (1–2 pages) by a TUM professor (host),
  • a supporting letter by the dean of the TUM professor’s School,
  • a CV (no more than 5 pages), 
  • 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 scientific innovation, and the specific issues to be investigated (including their social relevance, if applicable). The statement of purpose should also include the following elements:
    • an abstract,
    • a budget plan,
    • a time plan regarding the candidate’s projected period(s) of stay at TUM,
    • an outline for an international, interdisciplinary workshop/colloquium, to be organized at the TUM-IAS during the 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.