Maximilian Graf Montgelas Fellowships

The Maximilian Graf Montgelas Fellowships provide employees of the university administration with the opportunity to spend time at TUM partner institutions around the world. In line with the TUM Agenda 2030, the aim is to further strengthen the internationalization of the TUM administration both in terms of personal competence gain and the further development of an internationally capable science administration.

The submission deadline was 6 November 2023.

Fellowship applications can be submitted for the next funding round from January 1 to March 1, 2024. If you have any questions, please send us an e-mail.

How it works

  • Start considering/researching the desired project and partner/target region
  • Talk with supervisor for basic OK and internal planning 
  • Approach partner institutions
  • Create sketch of the planned project
  • Obtain brief statement from supervisor and partners
  • Submit the proposal to TUM G&A

Eligibility requirements

  • Employment relationship with the TUM or the Bavarian School of Public Policy (HfP)
  • The funding measure must be directly related to the work performed on the job

As a rule, funding is provided for stays at TUM partner institutions (universities, research institutes, companies) worldwide - outside Europe as well as in Europe. TUM maintains particularly close relationships with its strategic partners. You are also welcome to find out more about the wider TUM network (e.g. via MoveOn).

In justified cases, stays can also be completed at institutions that are not yet partners of TUM.

If you have any questions regarding the selection of a partner institution, we will be happy to advise you.

The length of your stay can comprise a minimum of five days and a maximum of six weeks.

The stays funded within the current round (deadline November 6) must be realized by October 31, 2024 at the latest.

Within the framework of the Montgelas Fellowships, your travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with the Bavarian Travel Expenses Act (see Dienstleistungskompass).

In justified cases, other costs related to the program at the partner institution may also be covered. These include, among others, the participation fees for joint training courses on site.

You can set the content focus of the self-organized stay individually and according to your needs. Please note that the work program of the stay must be coordinated with the superior as well as with the partner before the application is submitted.

Examples of eligible activities:

  • Participation in a model project of the partner institution
  • Exchange of good practice and problem solving strategies
  • Job shadowing 
  • Joint administration of a cooperation project
  • Initiation of a new cooperation project

As part of the work program, participation in further training formats of the partner institution (joint training courses, language courses) can be supported, especially in the case of longer stays. However, the above-mentioned program objectives must be the recognizable priority of your stay.

Required documents

When applying for the Montgelas Fellowship, you must submit three separate fully completed documents and, if applicable, an additional cost plan. The templates containing more detailed information can be found in the download area, whenever a Call for Applications is open.

  • Sketch of the planned project
  • Confirmation from the host institution
  • Endorsement from the superior, which includes a brief assessment of the project's benefits from a departmental perspective
  • (If applicable,) cost plan for special expenses that go beyond mere travel and accommodation costs 

We recommend that you seek advice from the TUM Global & Alumni Office before submitting the documents - especially with regard to the outline of the planned project.

After the stay

After the stay, Fellows will be asked to provide a brief written report.

In addition, it is desired that the fellows present newly gained insights in their own field of work and, if applicable, carry them into other relevant areas of the TUM administration.