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»Begabtenstiftung Informatik Karlsruhe« - Foundation for Gifted Informatics Students in Karlsruhe

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.


Click here for the homepage of the Begabtenstiftung Informatik

Mission of the Foundation

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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]




Prof. em. Dr. P. Lockemann

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Department of Informatics
D-76128 Karlsruhe

Phone: +49 721 608 47358
Fax: +49 721 608 47343
E-Mail: lockemannMjv0∂kit edu

Prof. Dr. T. Asfour

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Department of Informatiks
D-76128 Karlsruhe

E-Mail: asfourMka9∂kit edu


Executive Board, Board of Trustees and Founders

Executive Board
Dirk Fox Prof. Peter Lockemann Prof. Tamim Asfour


Board of Trustees

Prof. Peter Deussen
Dr. Thomas Lindner
Prof. Roland Vollmer

Prof. Gerhard Goos
Prof. Müller-Quade
Prof. Rüdiger Dillmann

Matthias Grund
Prof. Rainer Stiefelhagen




Ingrid Schroff
Prof. Peter Deussen
Prof. Gerhard Goos
Prof. Winfried Görke

Prof. Gerhard Krüger
Prof. Peter Lockemann
Prof. Wolfram Menzel
Prof. Alfred Schmitt

Prof. Adolf Schreiner
Prof. Roland Vollmar



Additional Founders

Logo Reinhold Würth GmbH

Canoo AG

Logo CAS Software

Logo Rotronic Messgeräte GmbH

Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG

Canoo AG CAS Software AG Rotronic Messgeräte GmbH


Additional Founders

Logo Secomp GmbH

Logo Wibu Systems GmbH







Awarding Procedure

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
Informatik Karlsruhe
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.


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Sarah Lutteropp


Oliver Schneider


Henrich Kolkhorst


Fabian Fuchs



Tobias Columbus


Christian Vetter


Benjamin Klatt



Scheckübergabe für die Begabtenstiftung Informatik Karlsruhe
Prof. P. Lockemann, Oliver Winzenried, and Prof. P. Deussen (from left to right) during the hand-over of the cheque for the "Begabtenstiftung."

Issue 7-8/2008: IHK Wirtschaft in the Technology Region Karlsruhe

German economy is in urgent need of academic specialists. Thus, talented students should already be promoted during their studies. To specifically promote Informatics students of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology which have shown special creativity and motivation, emeritus professors of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Ingrid Schroff, chairwoman of the two Schroff Foundations, have founded the "Begabtenstiftung Informatik Karlsruhe" (Foundation for Gifted Students Informatics Karlsruhe). More