About 1.2 million euros for doctoral scholarships


As part of the Munich Quantum Valley (MQV) initiative, the Free State of Bavaria is supporting six outstanding doctoral students in their research in the field of quantum sciences with doctoral scholarships of around 200,000 euros each. The internationally selected top talents will conduct research at the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (LMU) and the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

"We are developing Bavaria into one of the leading international locations for quantum sciences and quantum technologies. To this end, we are attracting the brightest minds. With its attractive doctoral program and the selected fellows, Munich Quantum Valley (MQV) brings promising young talents from Germany and abroad to Bavarian universities; it is a win-win for both sides. We are financing the program with funds from the High-Tech Agenda Bavaria, the multi-billion innovation offensive of the Free State," emphasized the Science Minister.

In the current round, around 150 master's students applied for one of the scholarships under the international Doctoral Fellowship program of the Munich Quantum Valley initiative. The selected fellows come from Australia, Germany, India, and South Africa.

The MQV doctoral fellowships extend to three years and will be awarded annually up to and including 2025 in the form of an international competition. After completion of the selection process, the doctoral candidates are free to apply to thematically suitable research groups at Bavarian universities and begin their doctoral project in a timely manner.

A unique network for quantum technologies in Europe

In total, the Free State is investing around 300 million euros in quantum sciences and quantum technologies via the High-Tech Agenda Bavaria. The centerpiece is the Munich Quantum Valley (MQV) initiative, an alliance of Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BAdW), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), German Aerospace Center (DLR), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), Max Planck Society (MPG), and Technical University of Munich (TUM).

Munich Quantum Valley pursues the primary goal of establishing a center for quantum computing and quantum technologies that will bring together industry and science in these future fields. The primary aim here is to promote basic research and the development of enabling technologies, as well as to develop, build and operate quantum computers.

In addition, the participating universities and research institutions want to establish a quantum technology park in order to bundle research capacities and accelerate the rapid translation of scientific findings into market-ready products.

Last but not least, Munich Quantum Valley also aims to advance the scientific qualification and further education of a new generation of researchers from the fields of natural sciences, engineering and computer science with a focus on quantum technologies.

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  • Doctoral Fellowships Munich Quantum Valley
  • Cover photo: The Walter Schottky Institute of the TU Munich. One of the fellows will soon start work here in the working group of MQV member Prof. Jonathan Finley. Image credits: A. Battenberg