The scientific and economic future of our country also depends upon the continued existence of an academic elite. This foundation is concerned with identifying and promoting the elite of the students at the Department of Informatics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology at an early stage.
One of its goals is to promote the development of extraordinarily gifted and motivated students.
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- The mission of the foundation is to promote exceptionally gifted Informatics students
of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology – regardless of their gender, nationality, religion, or ideology. Extraordinary talent is proven by showing special creativity
and initiative that does not have to be limited to the actual course of study.
- The foundation realises its mission by awarding scholarships for pursuing independent
projects and by awarding prizes for extraordinary performances during the course of study. Students must be nominated by their professors.
- The foundation ensures a sustainable promotion by accepting the students into
a college for gifted students designed to improve networking between the students in the college
and enhance a content-related dialogue with the founders and the Department of Informatics.
- The students to be promoted are selected by a committee which has been appointed
by the board and which consists of at least three professors and three founders.
Charter (only in German) [PDF]
Annually, the Foundation for Gifted Informatics Students in Karlsruhe established in late 2007 grants prizes to extraordinarily gifted students of higher semesters. Extraordinarily gifted means outstanding creativity and own initiative beyond the study purpose proper. The Foundation is aimed at supporting such students in their further development. Prizes may have the form of scholarships for stays or semesters abroad or grants for the execution of independent projects. The funds are to enable the holders to implement own project ideas beyond their studies. The projects are to have a sustainable effect, i.e. to give rise to new findings or to foster the solution of social problems or needs.
Examples of projects funded so far are robot swarms in school education, mobile open-source navigation, text transcriptions of lectures, or the rapid calculation of shortest routes in networks.
The following application documents are required:
- Curriculum vitae and information on the course of the studies so far
- Project sketch
The project idea must have been developed independently and not be a direct constituent of a study project or thesis. It may have been developed within the framework of external initiatives, e.g. Smarter City Karlsruhe, Elektromobilität Südwest, or be embedded in a stay at a university abroad. The project sketch is to contain information about the contents and about the additional financial expenditure of the applicant when executing the project, which is to be covered by the grant.
- Recommendation by a professor of informatics, who, by doing so, also indicates his/her willingness to supervise the project work.
Applicants must be students of informatics or information management, who can provide evidence of a successful course of studies. Projects start in summer, their duration is 6 to 9 months. The candidates will be selected by a committee of founders and active professors working at the Department of Informatics. The scholarship holders selected will become members of the College for Gifted Students of the Department of Informatics.
Kindly submit your application documents in writing to:
Vorstand der Begabtenstiftung
Sekretariat Lehrstuhl Prof. Dr. Böhm
z.Hd. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Peter Lockemann
as well as in electronic form to lockemann∂kit.edu.