The Kurt Hansen Science scholarship targets students from German-speaking countries who want to study abroad and international students who want to study in Germany. All applicants must be interested in becoming science teachers, though funding can also be used for projects aimed at improving the training of science teachers. The Bayer Foundation-funded scholarship supports study projects, internships, summer school, preparatory and supplementary courses, and theses.
The Bayer Foundation says it places a great emphasis on internationalism so it makes the scholarship available to students from German-speaking countries who want to study abroad and international students who want to study in Germany. Applicants should have good to very good grades and show a high level of motivation and personal commitment to the field. The applicant should be currently involved in his or her main course of study or have graduated less than two years ago.
The Kurt Hansen Science scholarship application form is available online. Applicants must also attach a letter of approval from the German university where they plan to attend, a passport photo, school certificates and transcripts, language test results, and a letter of recommendation from a professor. English language skills are compulsory. German language skills are optional.
Applicants who pass the first round of the selection process will be invited to an interview center in Leverkusen. After the interview, the foundation selection committee will make its final decisions.
The amount of the scholarship differs depending on the applicant. Applicants must submit a cost plan to the Board of Trustees who then come to a decision based on the individual needs of the student. Financial support is intended to cover cost of living, travel costs and individual project fees. The scholarship is paid out in installments according to an agreed upon payment plan.
The scholarship is awarded for up to one year.
Additional Scholarships Funded by Bayer
If the Kurt Hansen Science Scholarship does not fit your qualifications, Bayer offers a few other science-based scholarships that may better suit your study plans. All of the following scholarships can be used for special study courses, internships, laboratory assignments, summer schools, research classes, or master's or doctoral theses.
- The Otto Bayer scholarship is geared toward students of biology and molecular biology, bioengineering and bioinformatics, chemistry, pharmaceutics, and drug discovery. The foundation says applicants should show a pioneering spirit for science and society and have above-average grades.
- The Carl Duisberg scholarship targets medical students who are already in their advanced stages of study. Special consideration is given to student projects in the fields of human and veterinary medicine, medical science, medical engineering, public health, and health economics.
- The Jeff Schell scholarship supports students of agricultural sciences, crop protection, seeds and green biotechnology, environmental sciences, and agricultural sustainability. This program is not open to postdoc students.