Support the industry in learning more about YOUR interests!
Phase 1: Exploration
Our coaches help you to structure your research - and to find a project that moves the industry forward.
Phase 2: Research & Production
You work independently on your chosen topic, do research and interview users.
Phase 3: Veröffentlichung
You introduce your project results to the industry - we help you gather attention!
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We offer training in innovation methods.
WHile you work on our projects, our coaches support you in, among other things:
> Problem Validation
> Vision & Milestones
Questions on the Research & Development Fellowship offered by Media Lab Bayern
Which requirements do I need to fulfill?
A passion for innovation paired with a high degree of curiosity about what can be created in digital media. The project aims to publish the results of your research work for the community. The extent to which fellows achieve positive results through experiments or previously developed prototypes varies from person to person, which is why we tend to base our approach around milestones that we set together.
I’m currently in part-time employment and would like to participate in the fellowship. Do I need to inform my employer?
That's up to you to decide. We always advocate transparency where possible and would therefore strongly advise you to inform your employer. Please be aware that the Fellowship starts with a short period of intensive coaching that might require you to take some time off work.
What happens with the results of my work once the fellowship ends?
We provide you with a platform to publish your findings and drive innovation in the media ecosystem. Along with blog posts, you may also be invited to present your findings at one of our many events.
It’s not out of the question that you might stumble on a hot topic which leads to the development of a business model or a partnership with other media companies. In this case, we’d be more than happy to provide further support as part of our fellowship program.
Is the R&D Fellowship paid, and if so, how much will I earn?
We’ll fund your work as an Innovation Researcher with a grant of up to 24.000 euros for the six-month project duration. You are responsible for determining whether the grant is subject to taxation in your individual case.
Is the R&D Fellowship an in-person or online program?
The vast majority of the methodical input is accessible remotely. As a result, you're free to organize your time according to your schedule and only need to block a minimal amount of time for fixed meetings. For singular events or meetings, presence in Munich might be required. Needless to say, we’re also there to help whenever you need it. Whether in the coworking space at the office, via video call or through messaging on Slack.
Which language is the R&D Fellowship conducted in?
Most communication takes place in German. While individual arrangements can sometimes be made, adequate knowledge of the German language makes participation much easier. We also all speak English at Media Lab Bayern, so we’re happy to answer questions and conduct personal meetings in English if necessary.
Am I insured under the R&D Fellowship?
As our grant is awarded alongside fixed-employment or freelance or entrepreneurial work, we assume that you will already be covered by the necessary insurance within the scope of this work.