In memory of Professor Horst Wettstein, the Presidential Committee of KIT annually grants a scholarship to a PhD student and up to two master students of informatics, who have specialized on operation systems. The scholarships are financed from the Horst Wettstein funds under the KIT scholarships funds.
The amount of the scholarships is subject to the regulations for rector scholarships for PhD students or EUR 600 at the maximum for master students.
The maximum funding duration is four semesters.
Potential candidates can be proposed by a professor or supervisor only. Direct applications for the scholarship will not be permitted.
Professor Horst Wettstein influenced the Department of Informatics from its very beginnings. As early as one year prior to the establishment of the Department in 1972, he was appointed to the Chair for Operation Systems at Universität Karlsruhe, which was established under the supraregional informatics research program. His scientific work focused on system programming and operation systems. From 1973 to 1975, Wettstein was dean of the Karlsruhe Department of Informatics. In parallel, he supported the setup of the Informatics Computer Unit (IRA) at the department. Wettstein also worked on close-to-hardware system components and in particular on process switching, process synchronization, and inter-process communication. In 1979, Wettstein was elected expert reviewer of the German Research Foundation. His high reputation was reflected by calls to professorships in Hamburg, Darmstadt, and Stuttgart. However, Wettstein stayed in Karlsruhe until he retired in 1998. He died on September 02, 2006.