Two doctoral fellowships in quantum science for FAU
The Free State of Bavaria is funding six doctoral fellowships with a total of 1.2 million euros
As part of the Munich Quantum Valley (MQV) initiative, the Free State of Bavaria is supporting six outstanding doctoral students with doctoral fellowships of around 200,000 euros each in their research in the field of quantum science – two of the internationally selected top talents will be conducting research at FAU in the future. The other doctoral fellowships will be based at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) and the Technical University of Munich (TUM).
“We are expanding Bavaria into one of the leading international locations for quantum science and quantum technologies. And our efforts are helping us to win the smartest minds. The Munich Quantum Valley brings promising young talents from Germany and abroad to Bavarian universities through its attractive doctoral fellowship program, which is a win-win situation for both sides. We are funding the program through the High-Tech Agenda Bavaria, the state’s multi-billion-dollar innovation offensive,” emphasized the Bavarian science minister.
In the current round, around 150 Master’s degree students applied for one of the fellowships as part of the international Doctoral Fellowship program of the Munich Quantum Valley initiative. The fellowships were awarded to researchers from Australia, Germany, India and South Africa.
The MQV doctoral fellowships last for a period of three years and will be awarded annually until 2025 as part of an international competition. After qualifying in the selection procedure, doctoral candidates can apply freely to research groups that match their research interests at Bavarian universities and start their doctoral project shortly afterwards.
Europe’s unique network for quantum technologies
In total, the Free State of Bavaria is investing around 300 million euros in quantum sciences and technologies via the High-Tech Agenda Bavaria. The heart of the initiative is Munich Quantum Valley (MQV), a merger of FAU, LMU, TUM, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, the German Aerospace Center, the Fraunhofer Society and the Max Planck Society.
Munich Quantum Valley’s primary goal is to establish a center for quantum computing and quantum technologies that will bring together industry and science in these areas of the future. In particular, the initiative promotes basic research, fundamental technologies and developing and operating quantum computers.
Munich Quantum Valley also plans to establish a quantum technology park in order to pool research capacities and accelerate the transformation of scientific findings into marketable products.
Finally, MQV has set itself the goal of advancing the scientific qualification and training of a new generation of researchers from the fields of natural sciences, engineering and computer science with a focus on quantum technologies.