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With an international and interdisciplinary orientation, the Oskar von Miller Forum provides a programme scholarship with paid place of residence to students of the Departments Architecture and Civil & Environmental Engineering of TUM School of Engineering and Design of Technical University Munich, to students of faculties architecture and civil engineering of Munich’s University of Applied Sciences as well as to students of Munich’s vocational institute for construction technologies.


The Forum

The Oskar von Miller Forum provides outstanding impulses for the education of future civil and environmental engineers, architects and construction technicians.

In dialogue with guest scientists from across the globe, scholarship holders enhance and extend their interests and are thus prepared for working life with tasks spanning different disciplines. They benefit from interdisciplinary and intercultural exchange as well as from a large international alumni network. It is in this way that the Oskar von Miller Forum fosters their pursuit of excellence.

Application as scholarship holder

We offer a programme scholarship with a paid place of residence:

  • Workshops with guest scientists
  • Public lectures by high-profile architects, civil engineers and researchers from different disciplines
  • Professional and personal development through seminars and coaching
  • Interdisciplinarity and intercultural exchange
  • International Alumni-Network
  • Alumni-Mentoring-Programme

We expect:

  • Above-average academic achievement
  • Active participation in all public and in-house events (lectures, discussion sessions, workshops)
  • Motivation for personal and professional development
  • Innovative and interdisciplinary mindset and openness for topics from other academic disciplines
  • Involvement in social and community activities

Applications for a programme scholarship with paid place of residence will be accepted on condition of a minimum stay of two semesters. A maximal stay of two years is possible. Applications can be submitted at any time, even during the semester.


All the information on the required application papers is available here:

Application as Scientist in Residence

The Oskar von Miller Forum promotes the excellence of the education of its scholarship holders from the areas of architecture, civil engineering and environmental engineering and from construction technology by offering a public and an in-house programme of events that includes lectures, seminars and workshops. Renowned national and international researchers from the field of construction are invited as Scientists in Residence.


Outstanding expertise and social skills, combined with a profound interest in working with the qualified, motivated scholarship holders from the Oskar von Miller Forum, are typical elements in the profile of a Scientist in Residence. Whilst engaging in a professional and social dialogue with the scholarship holders, and offering workshops, excursions and other activities, the guest scientists give informative insights into topics related to construction, provide valuable inspiration and are available as mentors.

The maximum duration of the stay is three months, most of which must be within the TUM’s lecture times in order to conduct workshops with the scholarship holders and to enable an in-depth subject-specific dialogue. The guest scientists are expressly welcome to take part in the public and the in-house programmes of events of the Oskar von Miller Forum.


Living at the Forum / Apartments

At the Oskar von Miller Forum 54 apartments with paid rent are available for scholarship holders. All the apartments have a sleeping and living area with own sanitary facilities.

Spacious communal areas with a well-equipped kitchen are located in front of the apartments on each floor. A project room can be used for group work. A library is available as a reading and music room. In the Forum’s own bistro, good quality meals are offered at lunch time.

Inhouse Events

Lectures and Workshops

In addition to the public lectures, inhouse events are offered for residents of the Oskar von Miller Forum.

Guest scientists present the main focuses of their activities and research in workshops, lectures or round table discussions to the residents. The students for their part are invited to present essentials aspects of their work or projects at workshops or tandem lectures. This way they can define their own priorities beyond the scope of their particular specialist knowledge and discover whilst developing and testing their personal strengths.

Alumni Mentoring Programme

Each semester, several scholarship holders have the opportunity to be accompanied by alumni as mentors. Our broad alumni network offers contacts in various areas of the construction industry around the world.

Social Events

From the summer festival to a Christmas party, theme evenings or concerts, various social events take place, most of which are planned, organised and carried out by the scholarship holders.


Seminars and career coaching

The scholarship holders are prepared in leadership seminars for their role as future managers in business, teaching and research in the field of construction. Primarily the integrative abilities of perception and communication are trained. Thus, topics such as job application training, staff management, interview skills and international communication skills are the focus of attention. All seminars are individually tailored to the needs of the scholarship holders in cooperation with a professional trainer.

In addition scholarship holders are given the opportunity to receive personal assistance and support to promote their career development through individual counselling sessions with team members from the Oskar von Miller Forum. Questions discussed may relate to students’ professional development, personal expectations regarding their future career path or specific feedback on their portfolios or CVs. Students can also obtain recommendations concerning suitable further in-house or external training.


Leadership Seminar, Photos © Astrid Eckert
Practice talk with architect Martin Haas, partner at haascookzemmrich, moderated by scholarhip holder Marlene Stechl and alumnus Evgenii Varlygin, photos © Astrid Eckert
'Water resilient cities: the sponge city concept' - Lecture by apl. Prof. Dr. Brigitte Helmreich TUM; photos: © Astrid Eckert
Lecture 'Additive Manufacturing in Construction' with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Gehlen,, photos: © Astrid Eckert

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Frequently asked questions about the application

Who can apply?

Students of the Departments Architecture and Civil & Environmental Engineering of TUM School of Engineering and Design of Technical University Munich

Students of faculties architecture and civil engineering of Munich’s University of Applied Sciences

Students of Munich’s vocational institute for construction technologies.

Can I apply if I am not enrolled at the TUM building faculties?

Yes, if you are enrolled at the building faculties of the University of Applied Sciences.

Can I apply as a PHD student?

Yes, if you are a PHD student at the building faculties of TUM.

How do I submit my application?

By e-mail, as one PDF document (max 5MB)..

Are there application deadlines?

No, you can apply at any time.

Can I apply for a stay of one semester?

No, the minimum stay is two semesters.

What happens after receipt of my application?

You will receive a confirmation of receipt of your application. If you are a possible candidate for a programme scholarship, you will receive an invitation to a personal interview. Only then will the decision be made as to whether you will be accepted or rejected.

Can the interview be conducted online?

Only in exceptional cases. We prefer personal interviews.

Is there a waiting list?

No, there’s no waiting list.

What is a programme scholarship?

You will be supported by participation in lectures as well as in internal workshops, training sessions, a coaching program and social events in addition to your education at the TUM or the Municipal School for Construction Technology.

Do I have to participate in internal and public events?

Yes, active participation in events as well as a clear commitment within the programme is a condition for acceptance as a scholarship holder.

How long can I stay at the Forum?

You can live at the Forum for a maximum of four semesters.

Can I apply even though I do not have any letters of reference from professors?

You can also submit certificates from relevant internships as well as letters of reference from academic staff.

Is there a certificate of participation in the programme?

Yes, you will receive a certificate of your commitment and participation in the programme when you move out.