Bayer Foundation grants new scholarships worth EUR 417,000 to promote international talents


With approximately EUR 417,000, the Bayer Science & Education Foundation is providing a record amount for 65 talented young people who wish to realize international study and vocational training projects. The new scholarship recipients are students of the natural sciences, agriculture and medicine, as well those training to become science teachers or young people from skilled non-academic professions. “We need dedicated and creative young scientists if we are to successfully shape the future. That’s why with the Bayer Fellowship Program we are helping talented young people to participate in special projects abroad,” says Kemal Malik, Bayer Management Board member responsible for Innovation.

Today’s “Bayer Fellowship program” follows the tradition of the first company scholarships initiated back in 1923 by Dr. Carl Duisberg, at that time Managing Director of the Bayer Group. Duisberg is regarded as a pioneer in the intensive cooperation between industry and universities, as well as in corporate social responsibility. All scholarships underline the mission of the Bayer foundation to work with young people and the next generation of scientists and opinion-leaders and to strengthen interest in the major challenges facing our society, such as health and agriculture..

Academic disciplines receiving support this year include the life sciences, chemistry, agriculture as well as human and veterinary medicine, with a total of 56 scholarships being awarded. Three Kurt Hansen scholarship recipients are also receiving assistance for teacher training in the natural sciences. The scholarships in the academic sector are being supplemented by Hermann Strenger scholarships to support young people looking to gain initial work experience abroad as part of a non-academic training program. This year, six young people from Germany are being supported who are planning a period abroad as part of their commercial, technical or health profession training.

Thanks to the Bayer scholarships, 47 new fellows from Germany will start their projects in 18 different countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Israel, Mexico, Nicaragua, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States. Another 18 new scholarship winners will be able to implement their individual projects in Germany, coming from: Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Finland, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Singapore, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and United Kingdom.

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