The TUM University Foundation is focused on projects that support outstanding students and young researchers. The Foundation also backs projects started under the umbrella of the institutional strategy: “TUM. The Entrepreneurial University.” as part of the Excellence Initiative. The Executive Board decides where to allocate funding; applications are not accepted.
TUM University Foundation fellowships help the university to attract top-notch international postdocs to TUM. These fellowships make TUM an even bigger draw for top-class graduates of the best-ranking international universities. Graduates spend a year at TUM directly after finishing their doctorate – the most productive phase of their career – enriching scientific and research activities at TUM. During this year, TUM supports these fellows in driving their research forward, establishing their own research groups and applying for their own funding. To date, the TUM University Foundation has awarded 40 or so Fellowships to postdocs from around the world, including from the Roland and Uta Lacher Fund, the Rohde & Schwarz University Endowment Fund, and the Busch Family Endowment Fund.
One of TUM: Young Academy’s missions is to strengthen the sense of responsibility towards society among up-and-coming scientists. The Academy selects the most talented and driven students and recent graduates, supporting its members by encouraging them to engage with the subject of technology in society in an interdisciplinary context, develop innovative ideas and get involved in social projects. At the start of their three-year membership of the Academy, participants work in small teams on a variety of projects, advised by their mentors.
The Germany Scholarship (Deutschlandstipendium), launched by the German government in 2011, was inspired by a desire to recognize excellence and dedication among students and to collaboratively support tomorrow’s professionals. Under this unique program, the government matches donations from private or institutional investors to offer successful applicants EUR 300 per month[s1] for one whole year. Students from all over the world benefit from this financial support, gaining a motivating recognition for their efforts to continue on their chosen path. The scholarship is awarded to talented students who make a special contribution to society or who have overcome obstacles in their educational path. Each year, more than 700 Germany Scholarships are awarded at TUM, with around 60 scholarships financed by the Roland und Uta Lacher-Fonds and the Hanns W. Weidinger-Fonds under the umbrella of the TUM University Foundation.
The Ingeborg Pohl Raitenhaslach Endowment Fund under the umbrella of the TUM University Foundation gives women students and scientists the opportunity to attend events at the TUM Science and Study Center Raitenhaslach. The former Cistercian abbey is located in Burghausen, approx. 120 km away from Munich and 50 km from Salzburg. Equipped with the latest multimedia technology, the center offers a unique historical location for seminars. Far removed from everyday university life, this center provides a perfect setting to promote scientific and creative exchange. Top researchers from Germany and abroad actively engage with representatives from politics, business and society within the walls of the former abbey.
The TUM University Foundation has co-financed a new-build project in the district of Berchtesgadener Land. The Friedrich N. Schwarz Research Station opened in July 2019. Its main focus is on environmental and ecosystem research and on exploring new paths in the teaching of natural sciences. It will cooperate with TUM’s Berchtesgaden School Research Center, where around 10,000 schoolkids attend courses and programs every year. This provides an early opportunity for the pupils to develop an interest in subjects like math, computer science, the natural sciences and engineering. The new Teaching and Research Station, which will have overnight accommodation for up to 40 people, will widen TUM’s scope of activities in both teaching and research. The model is unique in Germany.