Outstanding international scientists who intend to explore innovative, high-risk topics in their scientific research areas together with a TUM Research Group are eligible for a TUM-IAS Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship. The nominee and the planned TUM-IAS Host should submit a joint proposal.
This Fellowship is named after TUM professor Hans Fischer (1881-1945), who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1930 for his pioneering work on hemoglobin and related structures.
The Fellowships last three years with the expectation that the Fellow will begin his/her Fellowship with a longer stay at TUM (at least two months) and frequently return to Munich for longer or shorter stays thereafter, so that a total of at least nine months will be spent at TUM. In this way, TUM-IAS intends to further a lasting and productive connection on an international level. Hans Fischer Senior Fellows retain their title forever, but will automatically receive the benefits of a TUM-IAS Visiting Fellow for the year following the end of their tenure with up to €10,000 for travel expenses. They will be eligible for further visiting expenses thereafter on the basis of yearly proposals, depending on the availability of funds.
Hans Fischer Senior Fellows receive an award of €60,000 plus €50,000 for travel, housing and research related costs, such as the organization of workshops etc. A further €50,000 can be allocated to the Fellowship if required (e.g. projects with special experimental needs). This further funding requires an application to the TUM-IAS office and will be granted on the basis of quality, need and availability of funds. Fellows will be given a maximum degree of freedom as to how they utilize these funds (within bounds set by the funding agencies; funds are administered by the TUM-IAS) and their time. The award will be transferred to the Fellow in accordance to his/her actual stay in Munich (typically in two to three installments).
Hans Fischer Senior Fellows receive support for one doctoral candidate at TUM (TV-L E 13 position (max. 75%) for three years), who will be co-advised by the TUM Host professor and the Hans Fischer Senior Fellow. Hans Fischer Senior Fellows have the right to award doctorates (Promotionsrecht). The doctoral candidate is encouraged to spend a significant part of his/her studies abroad at the home institute of the TUM-IAS 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. TUM-IAS may also consider equivalents such as assistantships or a limited post-doc position, within the same financial framework.
For Fellows with family responsibilities, the TUM-IAS offers flexible funding (for example for childcare/school fees), additional administrative support, and various other kinds of provisions. For more information, please see here.