Ways to join TUMJA


The academy invites students of TUM and the partner universities HFF (Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film), ADBK (Akademie der Bildenden Künste) and HMTM (Hochschule für Musik und Theater München) as well as, as extraordinary initiative of #class24, the students of HfPh and LMU to apply for the program.

At TUM, the Deans or Deans of Studies of the Schools and Departments nominate students for the application. Students can also apply proactively, being supported by an professor.

Partner university students do not submit letters of recommendation with their application.

Besides the academic performance, the most important criteria for admission to the scholarship program are a convinced research and teaching interest, creativity, social commitment and the willingness to take on responsibility.

The next round of applications will start in spring 2024. The application deadline is August 31, 2024.

Eligibility criteria

You are

  • enrolled at TUM, ADBK, HFF, or HMTM - and for the first time in #class24 also at HfPh or LMU
  • one of the outstanding students of your semester
  • eager to develop yourself
  • highly interested in science and research
  • not compromised in your educational performance by the membership

Application documents (in English)

To be able to evaluate the application objectively, please do not write any names, adresses and pictures in the letter of motivation, the CV and the essay/video.


Letter of motivation (1-2 pages)


Please let us know why the membership in the TUM: Junge Akademie seems attractive to you, what you expect from your time at TUMJA and how you would like to be involved.

Curriculum Vitae



Transcript of academic records, including marks

Students of the partner universities HMTM, HFF and ADBK who cannot provide a transcript of records, have to upload their enrollment certificate.

official document / TUM grades

Essay regarding the call  (2-3 pages) or a video (max. 3 minutes) produced by yourself

(preferably anonymized)

Please find a topic of your choice, inspired by the call, and elaborate on it in a structured manner. The essay or video will be used to get to know you throughout the application. It can (and should) include a vision and demonstrate creativity. We are looking forward to being surprised by you.
5 For initative applications by TUM students (i.e. those who were not nominated): Letter of Recommendation by a member of the professorate The letter of recommendation (and only the letter of recommendation) can be submitted after the application deadline, until the 15th of September. This is because we are aware that not all professors are currently available. If you want to hand in this document later, please upload a file that informs us that the letter of recommendation will be submitted later instead.