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At TUM School of Management, we believe that students have to have access to advice, support, and events – regardless of race, gender, religion, worldview, age, physical ability or sexual identity.

To make sure that life at TUM and School of Management is as in line with these principles as possible, we not only comply with all diversity efforts of Technical University of Munich, but also maintain our own Equal Opportunities Commission.

Our Mission

The task of the Equal Opportunities Commission of TUM School of Management is to implement the objectives of the TUM Diversity Code of Conduct:

  • To participate and vote in School Council meetings

  • To sit on the Appointments Committee

  • To be the point of contact for female students and academics, where this role is not performed by the Women’s Office of Technical University of Munich

  • To write an annual report on the position of women at the school

  • To help draw up a diversity agreement and goals


Diversity Promotion Fund of the TUM School of Management

A wide range of funding opportunities is available to address the special challenges and needs of various target groups along TUM’s diversity dimensions. One important goal is to encourage female academics at the qualification levels doctorate and postdoctoral/habilitation. A second is to make valuable academic insights on diversity-related issues available to a broad audience. In addition to the general scholarships available at Technical University of Munich, TUM School of Management provides support via its Diversity Promotion Fund and offers the following measures, such as: :

  • Travel grants for research-related trips and conferences for female junior academics
  • Sponsoring workshops and events on diversity-related topics
  • Sponsoring the invitation of guest speakers
  • Grants for printing books a and submission fees for articles targeted to international peer-reviewed journals for female junior academics
  • Support for editing costs for English-language journal submissions for female junior academics
  • Support for postdoctoral researchers in project application through hiring of a student assistant
  • Reward for transfer of diversity-related research results for interested persons inside and outside the academic community

The Diversity Promotion Fund of the TUM School of Management accepts applications on a quarterly basis and in line with the current guidelines (English version / German version). Please find the application form here (English version / German version). Decisions are made by the Equal Opportunities Commission, which is headed by Professor Breugst. For further inquiries, please contact Stefanie Federl (stefanie.federl@tum.de).

Non-financial support

Technical University of Munich also offers a range of opportunities for personal development, from individual and group coaching to mentoring partnerships.

Equal Opportunities Commission of TUM School of Management

Annette Becker
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Prof. Dr. Nicola Breugst
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Tanja Hentschel
+49 89 289 24099
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Dr. Stephan Jäger
+49 (0)89 - 289 - 25077
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Dr. Susanne Koch
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Bryndís Stefánsdóttir
+49 (0)89 289 24878
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Martina Wayand
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