The TUM Global & Alumni Office (TUM G&A) offers numerous scholarship programs, which enable study visits and internships within Europe and worldwide. Here you can find information about TUM scholarships and funding opportunities through external providers.
The PROMOS program supports students with grants for the completion of final theses and seminar papers as well as (partial) stays for the practical year (PJ) of medical students outside of Erasmus+ zone for up to six months.
- German students enrolled in a bachelor's or master's degree program at TUM
- International students, enrolled in a bachelor's or master's degree program at TUM and NOT planning to study in their home country
- Self-organized stays abroad, not intended for participants in existing programs such as TUMexchange or for study abroad programs through partnerships between departments or Erasmus
Fundable stays abroad
- Unpaid stays abroad for final theses and term papers (research papers) at universities, companies or scientific institutes. New: To deepen the cooperation with strategic partners, we especially support stays for final theses at Imperial College (UK), KNUST (Ghana), University of Queensland (Australia) and Tsinghua University (China)
- Unpaid stays abroad as part of the PJ outside the Erasmus+ area. In case of several PJs abroad, only one application for a stay is possible
- PROMOS grants can only be obtained for stays outside the Erasmus+ area
- Minimum stay abroad: 4 weeks for final thesis and 6 weeks for PJ
2023/ 2024 application deadlines
- Till May 31st, 2024 (12:00 AM), if the stay abroad takes place primarily after June 1, 2024 (e.g. for stays abroad between May and October)
- Till November 30th, 2024 (12:00 AM), if the stay abroad takes place primarily after December 1, 2024 (e.g. for stays abroad between December and May). Then the support for your stay abroad is available only from the beginning of 2025. The scholarship is effective on January 1, 2025
- Month installments (see “Teilstipendium Aufenthalt” on the list of DAAD 2024) over the actual duration of the stay, up to six months till the end of February of the following year
- Possibly travel cost support provided for the respective country, (see “Teilstipendium Mobilität” on the list of DAAD 2024) (PDF, 157 KB), depending on the number of applicants
- Further distribution of residual funds to the successors in exceptional cases, e.g. distribution of the monthly rates for the half of the duration of stay
- Transferal of the funds as a lump sum payment once the outcome of the application has been announced. Please note that the payout can currently take 2 to 3 months!
Combination with other grants
- Combination possible with grants from private associations and industry grants, as well as the “Deutschland-Stipendium”
- Combination with federally funded study abroad aid (Auslands-BAföG) also allowed (in that case, scholarship holder must inform the BAföG-Agency about the PROMOS scholarship)
- Holding of an additional public grant is not allowed (e.g. Max Weber Program)
- Via our Online Application Portal for stays abroad
- Only applications within the stipulated period are accepted. Please proceed according to this Application Guideline (PDF, 471 KB).
- grades / ranking: 40%
- letter of motivation, CV, personal engagement, references: 50%
- language skills relevant to the thesis: 10%
Announcement of the outcome of the selection process
- Via e-mail approximately ten weeks after the application deadline
- If approved, acceptance of the grant by a filled Scholarship Agreement (Stipendienvereinbarung, received alongside the letter of acceptance via e-mail).
- Please refrain from inquiring about the status of your application, since this only leads to delays in the selection process
Confirmation of Stay
- Mandatory submitting of a Confirmation of Stay (PDF, 15 KB) after the stay abroad, signed/stamped by the advisor/contact person abroad
- Requirement, so that the stay abroad is listed on diploma supplement
The PROMOS program for promoting student mobility outside the Erasmus area was developed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and is funded by the BMBF. TUM G&A assigns these funds based on a quality-oriented selection process which is subject to final approval by the DAAD.
The PROMOS program provides grants for participation in subject-specific study related travel (group travel) to countries inside and outside Europe.
German and international students enrolled in a bachelor's or master's degree program at TUM intending to complete their degree program at TUM (no ERASMUS or TUMexchange students)
A university representative (lecturer, research assistant) of TUM
Fundable Stays Abroad
Travel abroad of at least two students for subject-specific learning purposes include, for example
- visits, tours and information meetings at universities abroad as well as participation in block seminars and workshops
- exchanges with local students and/or researchers in order to develop and maintain relationships between German and foreign universities
- gaining insight into the economic, political or cultural life of the host country
Convention and conference travel is NOT supported
- Ongoing throughout the year, after personal or telephone consultation
- Before the beginning of the trip
- To be submitted by a university representative / lecturer for the entire group (no individual applications)
- Limitations on applications per faculty (a maximum of 30% of all applications can come from one faculty per year)
- No continuous project funding possible, i.e. excursions that are regularly repeated can be funded a maximum of twice
- Please follow this application guide (Instructions 245 KB)
In accordance with the daily rate determined by the DAAD, grants are as follows
- 30 € per day per participant within the EU
- 45 € per day per participant outside the EU
Funding available for a maximum of twelve days
- Upon return from the travel
- After the required documentation has been submitted in full
- Via electronic transfer to the TUM account of the chair
The PROMOS program for promoting student mobility outside the Erasmus area was developed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and is funded by the BMBF. The TUM G&A assigns these funds based on a quality-oriented selection process which is subject to final DAAD approval.
Documents for the application:
- Exclusion of double support (only for TUM staff)(PDF 385KB)
- List of participants (submit as excel file as well as signed PDF version to firstname.lastname@example.org)
In terms of equal opportunities and diversity, participants in the TUMexchange program may also apply for funding for stays from winter semester 2022/23 onwards. Personal and socio-economic criteria will have priority when selecting the scholarship holders.
Target Group/ Fundable stays abroad
- TUMexchange candidates with special cultural or social background as well as exceptional circumstances of a family, psychological or physical nature
- The place was confirmed by the TUMexchange team and by the applicant
- Separate application for each winter and summer semester
- A stay abroad in the home country cannot be supported
- For stays from the summer term 2023 onwards: monthly support of €400 paid for the actual duration of the stay, up to a maximum of six months till the end of January of the following year
Combination with other grants
- Holding of an additional public grant is not allowed (e.g. Max Weber Program or Deutschlandsstipendim)
- Combination possible with grants from private associations and industry grants (not salaries!)
- Combination with federally funded study abroad aid (Auslands-BAföG) also allowed (in that case, scholarship holder must inform the BAföG-Agency about the scholarship)
- After acceptance of the TUMexchange place by the applicant, an e-mail with all information about the scholarship application will be sent automatically
- For stays in winter 2022/23 the application takes place in spring, for stays in summer 2023 the application takes place in autumn of the previous year.
- Application via Wiki form
- Fulfilment of socio-economic or personal criteria (40%)
- Grades/ Ranking (40%)
- Motivation (TUMexchange letter of motivation) (20%)
Announcement of the outcomes of the selection process
- By Mail no later than eight weeks after the application deadline
- We ask that you refrain from inquiring about the status of your application, since this only leads to delays in the selection process
- The funds for the grant are provided by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and Arts. The grant aims to promote the international exchange between young individuals with exceptional qualifications.
Scholarship grants provided for studying abroad, internship or graduation theses as well as term papers in Switzerland.
Travel cost support is available from the TUM Global & Alumni Office for academic activities in developing countries.
With this grant, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) wishes to provide its students and employees with an opportunity to perform academic activities in developing countries1 and to make both new contacts and to strengthen already existing contacts and projects.
In detail, the objectives are:
- Promotion of the developing country mobility of TUM students and employees
- Strengthening the developing country competence of TUM students and employees
- Establishment and expansion of the research and project cooperation between TUM and universities in developing countries
Employees and/or full-time students at TUM are eligible for funding. For each trip, up to three persons can be sponsored by these funds. Students must have a strong recommendation from the university department chair to carry out the trip to the developing country.
Exclusion of double funding
TUM employees may not receive any additional financial funding and may not claim the travel cost from TUM or from any other institution.
Travel costs (normally flight costs) of TUM students and/or employees for
- short stays in developing countries, e.g. for coordination or initiation of projects
- stays in developing countries in order to perform projects
- research stays related to the improvement of the living conditions of the local population
Projects in close cooperation with an institution in the developing country will be given preference for funding (in contrast to field research without closer contacts in the developing country). Both the promotion of new projects and the expansion of existing cooperations are possible.
The maximum is 1,000.00 Euros of the travel costs actually incurred (normally flight costs) per person and application. Costs of visa, rental cars, accommodation and costs of the stay will not be assumed.
Application and selection
A prerequisite for a valid application is a personal initial consultation or presentation of the project at the G&A Office. If the eligibility is given, the application is made by e-mail using the corresponding forms. Applications can be submitted continuously during the year until all the funds are used up. Early application is recommended.
Prior to commencement of travel
- application form including declaration of acceptance and liability form (pdf, 440 KB)
- authorization for business travel (only in the case of employees)
- letter of recommendation from the chair (only for students)
- letter of invitation from the hosting institution (in case of cooperation with an institution in a developing country)
- filled in report form (pdf, 135 KB)
- Flight invoice in Euro (if not already submitted)
- list of travel costs in Euro (only necessary if several invoices are submitted) (xls, 11 KB)
Please use exclusively the forms provided on this website. Thank you very much!
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers various exchange programs and internships for specific disciplines in selected countries and/or institutions, e.g. “RISE weltweit” (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) or the "IFI" program for international research stays for computer scientists. Please visit the following websites for an overview of the many scholarship programs offered by the DAAD.
Stipendiumplus - Scholarships for the promotion of young talents in institutions of higher education
The various organizations of "Stipendiumplus" also offer their scholarship recipients funding for stays abroad.
The objective of the Rotary Foundation is to promote peace and understanding between nations across the globe. Suitable candidates may apply for funding of their study abroad.
A free foundation search engine, which contains around 10.000 foundations with their own websites, that are currently active in Germany.
Federally funded student financial aid abroad (Auslands-BAföG) is a unique funding option provided by the German government for entire degree programs, parts of a degree program, internships or student exchanges abroad, both in Europe and outside of Europe. If you are already receiving BAföG in Germany (Inlands-BAföG), you are guaranteed to receive Auslands-BAföG. If you are not receiving Inlands-BAföG, you may still be eligible to receive Auslands-BAföG. Due to the higher cost of living abroad, a much greater number of students are eligible for state-funded financial aid in this case.
- DAAD Rise Weltweit - Research Internships in Science and Engineering
- Institut Ranke-Heinemann supports every student (Freemover) financially during their stay abroad in Australia, New Zealand or Canada within a scholarship programme.
- Institut Ranke-Heinemann
Institut Ranke-Heinemann supports every student (Freemover) financially during their stay abroad in Australia, New Zealand or Canada within a scholarship programme.
The programme consists of two components: one is the financial support and the other is the mentoring during the application process, the stay abroad and even after the return. All Australian and New Zealand universities are included in the programme, as well as 70 universities/colleges in Canada.
Fullbright scholarships for studying at universities in the USA
The Fulbright Commission awards travel grants for semesters abroad at a partner university in the USA. The prerequisites for a successful application are German citizenship and a willingness to actively promote German-American understanding. Applications should first be sent to the TUM Global & Alumni Office. The committee then selects its scholarship recipients from the forwarded applications and notifies them of the outcome of their application.
The Fulbright Commission also awards highly endowed study scholarships for one semester or academic year for students at Master's level.
Application information and application forms can be found on the Fulbright Commission website.
- Bavarian-Californian University Center BaCaTec
With the Bavarian-Californian University Center (BaCaTeC) at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, the Free State of Bavaria supports cooperation between researchers from Bavaria and California with a focus on the high-tech areas of life sciences, information and communication technologies, new materials, environmental technologies and mechatronics.
- Federation of German-American Clubs
The VDAC Student Exchange is a large privately organized exchange program between Germany and the USA. Each year, over 50 German and American students are awarded a scholarship by the American partner university.
- The ERP Scholarship Program
The ERP program finances excellent students during a one- to two-year study or research stay as part of a Master's or PhD program at top US universities. Graduates of all disciplines can apply.
- Getty Bachelor Internship Programme
- Association of German Foundations offer funding for studies in the USA
Haven’t found the right scholarship program?
The following online services provide a good overview of funding opportunities:
Twelve Federal Ministry of Education and Research scholarships for outstanding students
Scholarship database of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Scholarship database within Europe
The ultimative Online Scholarship and Career Network