New Deutschlandstipendium holders awarded in Freiberg

The scholarship holders with their active sponsors. © Eckardt Mildner
Already in the fifth year, TU Bergakademie Freiberg awarded the Deutschlandstipendium to its students again on June 1. In the summer semester of 2016 the university counts 72 scholarship holders who are receiving this particular financial support.

"With the Deutschlandstipendium we have an instrument to promote students for their good achievements and thus foster the next generation of scientists", explains Prof. Broder J. Merkel, prorector of strategy development. The scholarship program not only supports young academics, but also university collaborations with enterprises, foundations or private persons who are active sponsors.

(f.l.) Jürgen Schelling and his scholarship holder Lukas Raphael and Prof. Broder J. Merkel (prorector of strategy development) © Eckardt MildnerJürgen Schellig has been a sponsor of the Deutschlandstipendium for three years. A former graduate of TU Bergakademie Freiberg himself, he takes great delight in supporting young people who are studying at the University of Resources. "I wanted to give something back to the university where I have had a magnificent time, combined with a solid professional qualification. With the knowledge the students acquire at TU Bergakademie Freiberg they can go anywhere in the world. For this, he would be the best example. Jürgen Schelling was twelve years in the employ of Pöyry Infra AG Zurich as a chief construction driving supervisor involved in building the Swiss Gotthard Base Tunnel which—after 17 years of construction work—opened today (June 1).

At the construction site of the world's longest railway tunnel he had been assigned to the Sedrun section, responsible for the geological advance exploration of the tunnel tubes by core and churn drilling. Sedrun was the most demanding of the altogether five construction sections because of its particular rock architecture. "Without the knowledge derived from my studies and the technical knowhow from Freiberg, this work could not have been done," says Schellig. It is now time to hand over the reins on to the younger generation.

In total, TU Bergakademie Freiberg has more than 30 regional and supraregional sponsors. Present at the scholarship conferral ceremony in TU Bergakademie Freiberg's Senate Hall were SolarWorld Innovations GmbH, MIBRAG AG, enviaM, Soroptimistische Hilfe Freiberg e.V., Taubert Consulting GmbH, Schmiedewerke Gröditz, architekten ingenieure from Suhl as well as Dr. Erika Krüger from the Dr. Erich Krüger Foundation and the private supporters Jürgen Schellig (graduate of TU BAF) and Jürgen Riesch from Lower Saxony.

The Scholarship, which amounts to 300 euros per month, was initiated by Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in 2011. It promotes students who have made extraordinary achievements. Apart from very good grades, selection criteria are also successes, distinctions, work experiences, internships as well as extracurricular commitments of the applicants. One half of the grant is financed by the Federal Ministry, the other by business enterprises, foundations, or private persons.

The next request for proposals for a Deutschlandstipendium in the winter semester of 2016/17 will begin in July this year. Eligible to apply are students of all branches of study, especially geoengineering/mining, mechanical engineering, electoral engineering, process engineering, iron and steel engineering as well as forming technology. The scholarships are usually awarded for the duration of two semesters, depending on the achievements of the students. usually awarded for the duration of two semesters, depending on the achievements of the students. The Deutschlandstipendium is awarded to German and international applicants.

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Diana Giersch
Prorectorate Strategy Development
Akademiestraße 6
09599 Freiberg
Tel.: +49 3731 39-2583

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