Representatives from the professional world who are close to the Department provide an annual endowment for prizes to support young researchers, and to honor achievement and excellence in doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s theses. The awards ceremony takes place on Department Day .

Heinz Peter Scholz Prize

The purpose of the foundation is the promotion of teaching and research at the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Munich, in particular the recognition of outstanding academic achievement in the master’s programs Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Geodesy.

This purpose is achieved in particular by the (usually) annual award of, one or sometimes several prizes, in accordance with the relevant award guidelines.

The candidates for the prize should
i. have completed their master’s examination with a grade of at least 2.5 (passed with merit);
ii. have achieved a grading of 1.0 to 1.3 for their master’s thesis;
iii. preferably have completed and internship or study semester abroad;
iv. have generally concluded their studies within 12 semesters, with the exception of absences due to serious illness or special circumstances; the degree must have been completed within the period from 1st April of the previous year to 31st March of the award year;
v. have received no other prize from the Technical University of Munich for their examinations.

The prize is awarded on the basis of proposals by the Department, and is endowed with €3,000 for one winner in each of the master’s programs for Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Geodesy.

Karlheinz - Bauer - Prize

The BAUER Group funds an endowment of €7,500 for the "Karlheinz - Bauer - Prize", which is awarded by the Technical University of Munich. The prize is to be awarded annually for an excellent doctorate in the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Munich.

SOFiSTiK Prize

This award is for an excellent master’s or doctoral thesis with reference to numerical methods, in particular:

- Development and improvement of numerical methods
- Innovative applications of numerical methods in engineering
- Verification of numerical methods with analytical methods
- Experimental validation of numerical methods
- Data models in planning

The prize can be awarded only for work that is presented in full to the jury, and where the prizewinners are free to hold a public lecture.

The prize is awarded on the basis of self-nominations and proposals by the Deparment, and is endowed with €2,500.

SSF Ingenieure Prize

The prize is to be awarded annually for outstanding bachelor’s theses at the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering, which deal with the following topics:

o Concrete Construction
o Timber Construction
o Metal Construction
o Applied methods in structural analysis and structural mechanics.

The prize is awarded on the basis of self-nominations, but bachelor’s theses may also be proposed by the supervising chairs. The prize is endowed with a total of €1,500.

Nominations should be received no later than by 30th April each year. Eligible theses are those that have been completed in the period from 1st January of the previous year to 30th April of the current year.

Maurer Söhne Foundation Prize

The aim is to award prizes for outstanding bachelor and master theses and doctorates in the field of technical dynamics.

Derived from the purpose of the foundation, namely the non-profit promotion of research and science, in particular basic research in the field of dynamics in the field of structural engineering, final theses dealing with basic research in the field of structural dynamics are to be awarded.

A clear application or practical relevance in the sense of problem-oriented basic research is desirable, however, the selection of the thesis should focus on dealing with elementary questions.

The prize is endowed with 2.000 €.

Non-faculty prices:


Content & criteria

The "Bertha Benz Award" by the Daimler und Benz Foundation honours this person and the energy for a new start resulting from her visionary impetus.

Every year the Foundation honours a young German female engineer whose doctoral thesis makes an important contribution in an engineering science field. The prize is awarded every summer at the "Bertha Benz Lecture".

Presidents and deans of German universities with engineering science/technical study programmes and the right to confer doctorates and also heads of research institutes are called upon to nominate suitable female candidates.

What is the award for?

Conferral of a doctorate




Presidents and deans of German universities with engineering science/technical study programmes and the right to confer doctorates and also heads of research institutes.


Content & criteria

Since 1996, the TUM has been able to put forward two excellent doctoral students every year for prizes from the Chorafas Foundation amounting to 4000$.

They must work in one of the following fields:

  • Advanced Software Technology
  • System Design
  • Knowledge Engineering 
  • Telecommunications Systems
  • Intelligent Networks
  • Novel Internet Applications
  • Systems Security
  • Enterprise Computing
  • Nanotechnology
  • Environmental Protection
  • Energy Conservation/Alternative Energies
  • Bioengineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Birth Control
  • Advanced Technology in the Medical Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Computational Finance
  • Risk Management
  • Applied Research in Physical Sciences
  • Important Development Work in Physics and Chemistry

The award is aimed at doctoral students that are in the final year of their doctor studies. They also need to be enrolled as students at the TUM.

Primarily, the award aims to reward excellent scientific work. A further objective is to encourage further scientific contributions and to boost the career of the prize winner.

What is the award for?

Project work

The award is aimed at doctoral students that are in the final year of their doctor studies.



Munich Award for concrete and masonry structures

Content & criteria

This prize by the Förderverein Massivbau der TU München e.V. is awarded for special work in the specialised study programme "concrete and masonry structures" with a Master’s thesis that is evaluated based on credits.

Concrete and masonry structures, the mark gained in the mandatory concrete and masonry structures examination, and the elective module for the concrete and masonry structures specialisation subject completed with an examination. This weighted "overall mark" can be improved by a bonus defined by the jury of up to max. 0.2 (this bonus is given for special work, even outside the sold construction field and the study programme, e.g. marks for other examination subjects, overseas study visits (study programme, work placement), work at an engineering office/construction company, other personal commitment).

What is the award for?

Master's thesis



Female Engineers' Award

This award is directed at female engineering students.

The award is bestowed by the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts for excellent diploma or doctorate theses. Endowment 2.000€.

Ortner Foundation

The Johannes B. Ortner Foundation funds research projects by young scientists in natural science and technical subjects, in particular architecture and structural engineering as well as the overseas study and training programme of the TUM.

  • excellent young scientists
  • preferably women
  • the candidates should have limited financial means (if this is known)
  • respectively one candidate also from the AR and BV faculties.

The prize is awarded for diploma and doctorate theses. Endowment: 2.000€

DAAD Award

Award for excellent work by foreign students.

"This prize aims to honour foreign students that have completed a study programme in Germany distinguishing themselves by special academic work and remarkable social or intercultural commitment. The candidates should be currently in a main study programme; however recent graduates or doctoral students may be nominated."

"The DAAD award is not a research award nor does it honour research work. DAAD scholarship holders that received funds in 2012 may not be awarded this prize because it is not possible to receive funds from several DAAD sources at the same time. Also, the prize will not be awarded to students or graduates that already receive full scholarships from other German organisations."

"The prize winner is selected by the university."

"The DAAD prize also wants to demonstrate to a wide audience how foreign students enrich the university environment."

Prerequisites for nomination:

  • The candidates have undertaken special academic work and have demonstrated remarkable social or intercultural commitment.
  • The candidates should be currently in a main study programme.
  • However recent graduates or doctoral students may be nominated.

Endowment: 1.000€

Ernst Otto Fischer Teaching Award

Content & criteria

The Ernst Otto Fischer Teaching Award is directed at employees of the non-professional teaching staff who are just about to complete their doctoral theses or have already completed their doctorate studies and who have designed an innovative teaching concept outside the framework of canonised faculty teaching which they would like to realise independently. The teaching award therefore funds new ideas by creating the personal and material conditions to realise this.

The level of innovation, sustainability and transferability of the learning concept is assessed. The teaching prize is awarded to one scientific employee per faculty. The faculties choose the award winner.

Every award winner receives:

  • The opportunity to realise the teaching concept in the near future in line with a submitted financial plan taking into account the personal teaching load.
  • Up to 4,000 euros to develop and realise the teaching concept.

The exact prize sum is based on the expenditure for realising the teaching concept for e.g. scientific assistants, teaching material, software, printing and copying costs, travel expenses etc.

  • Higher education didactic support (facultative). On request, the prize winners receive higher education didactic support by employees from ProLehre in developing and realising their teaching project.
  • Visibility throughout the university. Honoured as part of the TUM: this legendi and the possibility to present the concept to the broad TUM public.
  • The faculty can apply for compensation amounting to up to 6,000 euros.

What is the award for?

The prize targets all employees of the non-professional teaching staff at TUM that want to further develop and realise a new innovative teaching concept.


4.000€, for details see description.

More prizes

Information on other prizes that are not awarded by the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering can be found here:

Prize winner from 1988 until today:

Heinz Peter Scholz Prize

Philipp Sperle
Andrea Graule
Lukas Unglehrt

Dominik Häring
Lukas Raffl
Belinda Bock

Lukas Högel
Andreas Schreiner
Rupert Ullmann

Johanna Ziegltrum

Mario Berk
Marcel Nowak

Armin Geiser
Alexander Hanel
Josef Landler
Anton Resch

Carla Walter
Armin Geiser
Julia Kinigadner
Valentin Heimhuber

Stefan Wilfried Oelkuch
Jaqueline Donner
Miriam Schütz

Manuela Hackenberg
Michaela Jud
Patrick Peer

Wolfram Marstatt
Benedikt Franz Philipp

Franz Schalch
Constanze Przybilla
Joram Trutsch

Micheal Schmaus
Jérome Frisch
Johannes Kreutz

Andreas Villgrattner
Michael Fischer
Stefan Hentschinski

Raphael Methner
Florian Pfleger

Josef Hartung
Lena Wiechert
Johannes Linhard

Franz-Rainer Göhrle

Alexander Kupzok

Thomas Frühe
Florian Spitra

Thomas Lindner
Georg Frühe

Franz-Hubertus Beck
Frank Hafner

Stefan Lenz

Vincent Sackmann

Martina Heckemann

Jochen Meilinger

Christoph Dauberschmidt

Johannes Guggenberger

Geralt Siebert

Sebastian Plica

Micheal Kühn

Hans Fröhlich

Manfred Steinicke

Carla 2014 Kinigadner, Julia 2014 Heimhuber, Valentin 

Oelkuch, Stefan Wilfried
Donner, Jaqueline
Schütz, Miriam

Karlheinz – Bauer – Prize

Dr. Thomas Lechner

Dr. Jacob Kaths

Dr. Nils Zander

Dr.-Ing. Helmut Masching

Dr.-Ing. Baldur Allert

Dr.-Ing. Michael Fischer

Dr.-Ing. Iason Papaioannou

Dr.-Ing. Emanuel Birle

Dr.-Ing. Georg Frühe

Dr.-Ing. Christian Gobert

Dr.-Ing. Ralf Schmid

Dr.-Ing. Vincent Jürgen Sackmann

Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Zehetmeier

Ortner Prize

Verena Stammberger, M. Sc.

Katharina Niggl, M. Sc

Anna Katharina Hausner, M.Sc.

SL-Rasch Prize

Dr. Patrik Aondio
Dr. Falko Dieringer

SOFiSTiK Prize

Bodhinanda Chandra

Anja Berger
Tobias Wilhelm

Alexander Mendler
Sebastian Geyer

Erkai Watson

Erkai Watson
Nicholas Oliver Schramm

Michael Gampfer

SSF Ingenieure Prize

Matthias Passek

Julia Hüttmann

Eduard König

Cleo Reihl

Philip Maximilian Teichgräber

Stiftung Georg Burg Prize

Dr. Michael Schmitt
Baiba Pudane
Matthias Senger


Dr. Dirk Lowke
Philipp Eckert
Anke Scherb
Michael Anton Kraus

Stiftung Maurer Söhne Prize

Rafael Flock

Felix Schneider
Michael Vogl

Julian Freisinger
Philip Teichgräber

Angela Feldmann
Zhiyi Wang

Angela Feldmann
Ann-Kathrin Goldbach
Zhiyi Wang

Johannes Kreutz
Christian Weineisen
Rupert Ullmann


Michael Recla

Petro Abrykosov

Christian Huber

Habert Buch – Prize

Bachelor: Michael Recla
Master: Tatjana Bürgmann
Master: Moritz Brunnengräber

Bachelor: Lena Wagner
Master: Markus Naumann

Bachelor: Lisa Knopp
Master: Elisabeth Reußner