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Scholarships: Christoph-Rüchardt Scholarship

Founded by the local industry in Baden

Every year, the Faculty of Engineering awards five Christoph Rüchardt Scholarships to master's degree students. The scholarship was founded by the local industry in the Baden region. The awards are endowed by the Faculty of Engineering Foundation, which is managed by the Friends of the University Association (Verband der Freunde der Universität Freiburg e.V.).

The scholarships are awarded to outstanding master’s students who have demonstrated exceptional academic merit in their undergraduate studies. Volunteer or extracurricular actitivies are also an asset. Students who already receive a scholarship from another institution are not eligible.

Target group

Students may apply for the 2017/18 funding period if they have started one of the following master’s degree programs in the summer semester of 2017 or the winter semester of 2017/2018: 

  • Embedded Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Microsystems Engineering/Mikrosystemtechnik
  • Sustainable Systems Engineering


  • Enrolment in one of the above mentioned programs in the same year as your scholarship application
  • A minimum average Bachelor's grade (CGPA) of 1,5 (according to the German grading system)

Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor's CGPA
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Compelling motivation letter

Funding Period

1 year

Funding Amount

€ 200 per month

Application Documents

  • Completed application form
  • Motivation letter (1/2 - 1 page)
  • Recommendation letter from a university professor
  • Copy of the Bachelor's degree and transcript
  • CV

About the Motivation Letter

Together with your CGPA and the recommendation letter, the motivation letter is the most important document of your scholarship application. Don't write down the whole story of your life and try to avoid using empty statements. The motivation letter is not meant to be an extended version of your CV. Instead, please highlight the extraordinary aspects of your education career. If you have particpated or are participating in any volunteer or extracurricular activities (at the university or in any kind of welfare institution) please mention it as well.