Evonik Scholarships

Evonik Scholarship

The Evonik Foundation exclusively supports natural science students preparing master’s, doctoral, and post-doctoral theses. In providing scholarships, we seek to support individuals academically as well as personally. Our goal is to sponsor talented up-and-coming researchers. Scholarships are only awarded for the scholarship focus defined for the year in question.

The scholarship focus for 2017 will be communicated by January 1, 2017.

The deadline for applications is February 28, 2017.

Please refer to the section entitled “Application Process” to find out how to apply.

Prerequisites for an application

Prerequisites for the award of a scholarship:

The topic of your research project must coincide with one of the topics in our annual scholarship focus.

  • Your scientific research is being conducted in a well-known, chemically oriented working group at a German university or a non-university research institution.
  • You can provide proof of excellent academic performance.
  • You are unable to sufficiently fund your intended scientific study courses with means provided by you, your parents or other parties.


We offer the following funding:

  • Bachelor’s and master’s theses: six months, 250–600 euros/month
  • Doctoral program: two years (option to extend), 1,400 euros/month
    • In addition, applications can be submitted for funding of the purchase of research literature and attendance of scientific congresses.
  • Postdoctoral studies: one year’s funding is decided on a case-by-case basis
The application process is divided into three stages:

Stage 1:
If you believe that you fulfill the prerequisites stipulated in the section entitled “Award of Scholarships,” please send us a summary of your research project (no more than half a page) via e-mail only to info@evonik-stiftung.de.
Other documents such as a curriculum vitae, certificates, cover letter, etc. are not necessary. Once select experts have reviewed the project proposal submitted, we will let you know whether you should send in a complete application or whether your application has been denied.

Stage 2:
If you have received a positive answer, we would ask you to submit the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum vitae plus photo
  • Topic and research goal of the scientific work (no more than 10 pages) with the following content:
    • Introduction, stating the status of the research
    • Summary and research goals
    • Planned experiments
    • Timeline
  • School leaving certificate
  • Certificate: Stage 1/final degree examinations, state examination or bachelor’s/master’s degree
  • Supervisor’s report (by mail)
  • Completed questionnaire

We will only accept applications that have been sent by e-mail to info@evonik-stiftung.de.

Once the deadline has passed, only complete application documents will be considered.

Stage 3:
Following the submission date, we will review your documents and invite select candidates to an interview at which you will have the opportunity to present your research topic to a team of experts.
We will then promptly notify you as to whether we will be submitting your application for a scholarship to the Board of the Foundation for approval.

Every year, the Evonik Foundation awards a scholarship in the field of amino acid research in honor of Dr. Werner Schwarze. Dr. Werner Schwarze earned special merit through his research in this sector that remains influential even today. Tribute is paid to him in scientific literature as a “brilliant synthesist.”

The conditions for applying for a Werner Schwarze scholarship are the same as those for an Evonik Foundation scholarship.
However, the research focus does not change each year.

Werner Schwarze
Dr. Werner Schwarze, born in Marl-Hüls in 1913, is considered one of the most important researchers in the field of amino acids. He studied chemistry in Munich, where he earned his doctorate in natural products chemistry at the age of 24 under Nobel Prize laureate Heinrich Otto Wieland. In late 1940 he joined Degussa, a predecessor company of Evonik Industries AG.

In his research work, Werner Schwarze began exploring the synthesis of amino acids at a very early stage. In cooperation with the Degussa chemical engineers Hermann Schulz and Hans Wagner, he successfully developed a technically feasible synthesis of the sulfurous amino acid methionine in 1946/47. A pilot production plant using the Schwarze method came on stream just one year later.

In the early 1950s, methionine rapidly increased in significance as a livestock feed additive: American researchers proved that the protein building block had a positive effect on the laying habits of hens. A line of business that remains one of Evonik’s most successful was born.

The name Werner Schwarze is synonymous with the amino acids tryptophan, threonine, serine, cysteine, valine and lanthionine. The gifted and creative chemical engineer conducted successful research in other areas as well: The numerous triazine derivatives he synthesized included the product cyanazine, for example, which became Bladex®, one of the most successful herbicides produced by Shell.

Dr. Werner Schwarze, who retired in July 1978 yet continued to work as a scientist and researcher at the Hanau-Wolfgang site, died on March 18, 2007 at the age of 93.