08 July 2015

Bayer Offers Valuable Opportunity for Indonesian Future Scientists

Cross-border study projects and work experiences will expand the scientific horizon for the Indonesian scientists, young researchers, and professionals to compete globally.


Bayer believed that a long-term commitment to science, education and social concerns represented an important investment in society’s future viability and would safeguard the company’s economic success in the years ahead. Through Bayer Fellowship Program, Bayer shows its support and concern for the cutting-edge researches, talented individuals, and innovative educational projects.


Bayer Fellowship Program provides four scholarship programs for talented youngsters with academic background in Natural Science (Otto Bayer Scholarship), Medicine & Pharmacy (Carl Duisberg Scholarship), Agro Science (Jeff Schell Scholarship), Science Teacher (Kurt Hansen Scholarship), and one scholarship program in non-academic sector (Hermann Strenger Scholarship). Applications are welcome from university students, talented scientists and researchers, or trainee teachers. Since the beginning at 2007, each year the Foundation spends up to EUR 230,000 on scholarships. Until 2014, it has supported 302 fellows from around the world, with about EUR 1,3 million in total.


The programs are not only providing the state-of-the-art scientific experiences, but also gaining valuable international work experience for their future careers. The benefits of the programs have been experienced and knowledged by the fellow alumni of  Bayer Fellowship Program.


Martina Knittel, a therapist who won Hermann Strenger Scholarship, proved that the opportunity to work at Cape Town in South Africa for six months to gain initial work experience, gave her a life-defining experience. “The scholarship played a key role in shaping my future,” she said. On returning home, she began to study sociology and African ethnology, hopes for the second chance to return to Africa.


Meanwhile, Peter Nelle received a Kurt Hansen scholarship to fund a period of study at the Queens University in Belfast from February to the end of July 2009. Nelle spent his scholarship with a group of fish biologists studying the food chain in Strangford Lough, a saltwater lake to the south of Belfast. “To put it simply, we spent our time examining who ate whom.” He is now using the acquired knowledge to to help senior students in high school use scientific methods to research food chains – a project funded by the Science & Education Foundation to the tune of EUR 10,900.


Not only Martina and Peter, another talented youngstersalso received a memorable international study experience. From Jeff Schell Scholarships, food scientist Marilia Torres Lopes gained experiences in process engineering at Institute of Process Engineering in Life Sciences at the University of Karlsruhe. Hannes Leischner, a medical student, went through intensive experience, both from a cultural and human perspective when spending his practical year in India and China for four months, –thanks to a Carl Duisberg Scholarship.