Ways to join


Apply now for a scholarship! Hand in your application by August 31, 2021 (11:59 pm).

The academy is open to all TUM students who are nominated by the Deans or Deans of Studies of their faculties or who submit an application including a recommendation by one of the professors of the TUM. Students of HFF (Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film), ADBK (Akademie der Bildenden Künste) and HMTM (Hochschule für Musik und Theater München) are also invited to apply for TUM: Junge Akademie. Apart from the achievements during your studies, decisive criteria are creativity, community involvement, and willingness to take over responsibility.


The Advisory Board defined the call for the Class 2022 (beginning in autumn 2021). It reads: „Learning from Nature“. The academy consciously chose a broadly defined topic, to allow for a freedom of interpretation.

"Learning from nature sounds promising. When is it primarily target-oriented, when does it need to be particularly scrutinized? The research fields of bionics and biomimicry, where we can use the analysis of structures and processes in nature as models and approaches to solutions for the many challenges we face in the design of individual technical solutions through to the design of complex systems, open up enormous perspectives.

How can we benefit from developments that have evolved over several billion years, where are direct starting points for copying, which analogies can be used, and where do we come up against limits? In the direct transfer of lessons from nature to engineering and medicine, from materials and surfaces, the resulting diverse solutions in the design of machines, of envelope constructions, of buildings, of transportation systems, in robotics, in biomedicine, solutions can benefit directly from insights into the "bag of tricks" of nature. In contrast, what about economic and societal systems, the interaction of individuals in swarms?

What conclusions can be drawn and how do the underlying objectives of nature correspond with our ideas for the interplay between individuality and collectivity in our societies? And finally: to what extent are today's more and more visible and challenging anthropogenic changes in nature an expression of the fact that too little has been learned from nature?

By means of your student research projects, we would like to encourage you to consider where we can learn from nature, where the transfer encounters limits against the background of our ideas for modern life and social coexistence, and what effects this may have on our lives and for our planet. We have to ask ourselves where we have to learn more from evolution and to what extent current phenomena of technical processes, man-made changes of the world as well as the interaction of modern societies can be controlled on the basis of a better understanding of nature and the analogies derived from it."

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Müller

Director of TUM: Junge Akademie and Senior Vice President Academic and Student Affairs

Eligibility criteria

You are

  • enrolled at TUM, ADBK, HFF, HMTM 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


3 Transcript of academic records, including marks 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 unsolicited applications (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.