UQ-TUM Research Exchange for TUM students

The University of Queensland and Technical University of Munich, Germany, have established a research exchange program for PhD students. As highly ranked institutions, and research partners, the exchange program aims to strengthen research linkages and provide opportunities for PhD students from each university to extend and enhance their graduate research work. TUM hosts at page on their website with this details. 

Key Program Details

  • Doctoral candidates participating in the research exchange or joint supervision programs will be enrolled at UQ for stays of 3 - 12 months. 
  • Students are not charged tuition fees, however other administrative fees may apply.
  • Exchange candidates will have supervision at the host university and, for the period of the visit, access to the library, laboratory, and other resources comparable to locally-enrolled doctoral candidates. Joint Supervision Candidates share supervision for the entire period of their candidature and will use their time at the host university to visit their co-supervisor.
  • Candidate's progression, thesis supervision and examination will remain the principal responsibility of the home institution.
  • At the completion of the program,  candidates may request a TUM-UQ certificate confirming their participation in the program, but will not be awarded a joint/double degree or academic transcript. 


The TUM-UQ Research Exchange is open to TUM doctoral candidates from all disciplines. In order to be eligible for the program the applicant must: 

  • have the approval/support from the TUM supervisor
  • have found a supervisor at UQ 
  • be a regular member of the TUM Graduate School 
  • have attended the TUM Graduate School Kick-Off Seminar
  • have passed the interim evaluation/feedback talk at the time of anticipated exchange start date
  • have attained the equivalent of UQ’s confirmation milestone (at least 12 months in to the program)
  • meet UQ’s English language proficiency requirements. If you are unable to provide test results please contact the research exchange representative listed below.

How to apply

  1. You should contact one of UQ's Schools/Institutes to discuss your interest in visiting UQ as a research exchange candidate and determine if there is a suitable advisor for you.
  2. Once the School/Institute invites you to apply, you will need to complete an Application for Research Study Exchange form and write a motivation letter, as well as include all necessary supporting documentation.
    • Send this form to your research exchange representative, Ms Zizheng Zhang, Project Manager, International Cooperation & Diversity, TUM Graduate School, zhang@zv.tum.de
    • You can also conact Jamie Graefe M. S. at TUM's Welcome Office graefej@zv.tum.de.
  3. Upon approval of the application, the UQ Graduate School will issue an offer letter and package.
Application Deadline

There are two preferred intakes each year in January and July:

  • The deadline to apply for a January start date will be 1st September.
  • The deadline to apply for a July start date is 1st of March.