Short and sweet:
|For whom is the scholarship:
- Master students, PhD students of KIT, and KIT alumni:alumnae (graduation no longer than 3 years ago).
- Preferably with a field of study from the MINT area
- Persons who would like to take over responsibility
|Why should I apply?
- Overcome own limits and get to know oneself better
- To have a unique experience in the world of the creative arts
- To be better prepared for crises
- To build a network and to be included in the Alumni:ae network as a "Bronni".
|What exactly do you do?
- 10 weekends of workshops, lectures and field trips in one year
- To immerse oneself in 10 different areas of art, e.g. film, music, dance, theater - to enter into a year-long dialogue with renowned personalities from the art and culture scene under professional guidance and to get to know their working methods.
|Who supports the scholarship
- The 19th year of the "Bronnbach Scholarship - Cultural Competence for Future Leaders" (2022/2023) is supported by the main sponsors Mercedes-Benz Group AG and Karl Schlecht Foundation as well as the Dieter Schwarz Foundation and the Peters-Beer Foundation.
Background of the Bronnbach Scholarship
Contemporary art is often an indicator of social developments, their values and change. For prospective high achievers in research and science and for future leaders, a willingness to take responsibility and a trained social-cultural understanding are indispensable.
Under the guiding principle of "Cultural Competence for Future Leaders," the Cultural Circle of German Business and its Cultural Education Working Group (AKB) therefore launched the "Bronnbach Scholarship" in 2004.
In cooperation with KIT and the University of Mannheim, selected students and doctoral candidates are given the opportunity to enter into dialog with renowned personalities from the art and culture scene for one year under professional guidance and to get to know their working methods. more about the contents KIT has been a cooperation partner of the Bronnbach Scholarship since 2016, the coordination of which was the responsibility of ZAK until March 2022. From April 2022, the program will be coordinated by the Career Service & Alumni department. The sponsorship program is advertised by KIT together with the University of Mannheim every year in the fall.
Scholarship description and contents
Art and culture belong to the basic needs of a society in freedom and responsibility. Art and culture as well as economy and science are based on the same prerequisites: Creativity, the courage to set out and the urge for renewal. Based on this conviction, the Cultural Circle of German Business established the Bronnbach Scholarship in 2004, which is offered in cooperation with KIT and the University of Mannheim primarily to master's students and doctoral candidates.
The aim is to arouse enthusiasm for art and culture among the scholarship holders and to support them in developing an understanding for artistic processes. Artists react sensitively to changes in their environment, deal with them in their art and develop visions - contemporary art is often an indicator of social developments.
The direct exchange with artists and cultural workers from different areas thus holds the potential to get to know new ways of thinking and to find creative solutions. In today's business and scientific world, skills such as inspiration, creativity and intuition are increasingly necessary for responsible and successful action and for pursuing innovative paths. These skills can be experienced and learned in particular through contact with the world of art and culture. Participants from both universities will complete the curriculum together under the guidance of curator Konstantin Adamopoulos, who works as an exhibition organizer, project manager and art journalist.
The scholarship is intended to awaken enthusiasm for art and culture and to motivate participants to assume social responsibility both privately and professionally. Even after the one-year program, the fellowship lives on: the network of now more than 250 alumni and alumnae
ensures cross-year contact during and after the studies or doctorate.
Program content and structure
The two-semester interactive cultural curriculum, specially developed by the Kulturkreis, comprises approximately ten thematic blocks, most of which are organized as weekend events and take place during the scholarship year from March to February of the following year. Each weekend block is dedicated to a specific art movement, from which an artist works with the fellows during the weekends. Topics include: Toning, Painting, Opera, Theater, Dance, Music / New Music, Architecture, Literature, Film.
During the weekends, the scholarship holders not only receive an overview of the respective art form, but also gain intensive insights into the creative processes and productions through conversations and discussions with the artists. One focus of the Bronnbach fellowship is that the fellows also become active themselves and try out the respective art form through the guidance and input of the artists, in order to better understand and experience the artistic processes themselves. A special focus is also placed on the interaction of culture with business, science and society.
The theme weekends with their workshops, seminars and excursions introduce the scholarship holders to the broad spectrum of contemporary art and culture while they are studying for their degree or doctorate.
The curriculum is newly compiled for each year by the curator of the Bronnbach Fellowship Konstantin Adamopoulos. As a rule, it begins in March with a weekend at the Bronnbach Monastery, which gives the program its name, during which the focus is on getting to know each other and growing together as a new Bronnbach Fellowship cohort.
The other weekends are distributed throughout the year in such a way that, as a rule, one Bronnbach weekend takes place per month. The locations can vary: In addition to Bronnbach Monastery, there is usually one weekend in Mannheim and one in Karlsruhe. In addition, the weekends are organized nationwide in various cultural institutions and locations, depending on the place of work and life of the participating artists.
Thus, in the fellowship years since 2017, Bronnbach Weekends have taken place in Berlin, Frankfurt, Girsterklaus (Luxembourg), Hamburg, Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, Cologne, Mannheim, Mühlheim an der Ruhr, Strasbourg, Stuttgart, and others. The fellowship year ends with a festive closing evening, which at the same time forms the opening evening for an Alumni:ae weekend
organized by the respective fellowship year. The newly selected fellows of the new year can already attend the opening evening - the selection interviews usually take place on the previous day. The theme weekends are the heart of the Bronnbach scholarship, therefore participation in them is obligatory
All scholarship holders are expected to actively participate in the organization of the weekends: to join in the discussion, to question things, to read up and prepare in advance, depending on the main topic. Furthermore, all scholarship holders participated in the organization of the theme weekends.
This primarily involves the organization of arrival and departure, the selection and booking of accommodations, restaurants, special locations for certain art formats, or the organization of special equipment and materials for the implementation of the weekends.
This is done in consultation with Konstantin Adamopoulos, who as curator is responsible for the conception of the weekends and the content-related agreements with the participating artists, and with Mareike Poppinga, the contact person in the office of the Kulturkreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft.
Within each year group, two project teams are formed for longer-term tasks: These are, on the one hand, the design of an internal yearbook and, on the other hand, the organization of the Alumni:ae
weekend at the end of the scholarship year. The various themed weekends are assigned to individual fellows, who then prepare a short report on the respective weekend. These texts are not intended for the general public, but serve as a reminder for the fellows and as contributions to the yearbook. All financial expenses (including costs for accommodation, travel to and from the event) are covered by the scholarship.
Who is the scholarship for?
Target group At the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the program is primarily aimed at committed and outstanding master's students, KIT doctoral students, and KIT alumni:ae whose degree was awarded no longer than three years ago.
In case of excellent qualification, bachelor students may also be admitted. The focus is on applicants of the MINT subjects (MINT = Mathematics, Informatics, Natural Sciences, Technology).
However, all disciplines are eligible to apply, and exchange between disciplines is explicitly encouraged. Applicants should ideally have outstanding professional and personal achievements and demonstrate a willingness to assume social responsibility as future decision-makers.
It is also important that applicants have an open personality and are willing to engage in artistic processes. The fellowship is not intended to shape the participants into "artists," but rather to enable them to develop new, innovative approaches to their future core business through the exploration of cultural processes and techniques, and to further develop their teamwork and leadership skills.
Application and selection process
Admission to the scholarship is based on a two-stage selection process. In the first stage, a written application is submitted with a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, certificates, etc. The application must be signed by the applicant.
After successful preselection based on the submitted documents (important: letter of motivation!), up to 15 KIT applicants will be invited to a personal interview in small groups consisting of applicants from Mannheim and Karlsruhe.
The selection interviews will be conducted by a committee composed as follows: representatives of the office of the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft, representatives of the universities, representatives of the Cultural Education Working Group of the Kulturkreis, sponsors and supporters of the program, the curator, and a Bronnbach alumna or alumnus.
A maximum of 18 scholarship places per year will be awarded.
Starting in October 2023, you can apply for the new round of the program, the 21st cohort of the Bronnbach Scholarship with program start in March 2024.
The application deadline is expected to end on January 15, 2024. After successful pre-selection, you will be invited to the selection interview by the beginning of February.
The selection interviews for the 21st cohort are expected to take place at the end of February 2024.
Please keep this date free (full day if possible).
The following documents are important for an application:
one-page letter of motivation in German
tabular curriculum vitae in German
For students: Current transcript of grades
For doctoral students: Proof of doctoral agreement
Certificates / Other proofs
Further information will follow in due time for the application of the 21st Bronnbach class circa September 2023.
Participation in all events is mandatory and a prerequisite for admission to the Bronnbach Scholarship.
Therefore, please check before your application if you can arrange the date for
the selection interview as well as the kick-off weekend at
the Bronnbach Monastery. Since the curriculum is conducted in German, a very good knowledge of German is required.
Important dates for the 20th Bronnbach class
Application period for the 20th year WS 2022/23
Program duration 20th year
March 2023 until February 2024
March 24-26, 2023 Opening weekend at the Bronnbach Monastery
05-07 May 2023 Art and social intervention with Heiner Blum in Offenbach
26-28 May 2023 Painting with Carsten Fock in Würzburg
June 23-25, 2023 Literature with Thomas Köck in Berlin
June 30-July 1, 2023 "Bronnbacher & Friends" annual meeting of alumni, friends and supporters of the scholarship in Mannheim
tbd - Film Weekend
tbd- Dance Weekend
29 September - 1 October Architecture with Claire Waffel and Miriam Hamel in Weimar
27-29 October Music with Anna-Sophie Brüning
(In principle, the planning of topics and dates is done throughout the year with the involvement of the respective active cohort)
The Bronnbach Scholarship was established in 2004 and offered for the first time at the University of Mannheim. The name of the scholarship comes from the Bronnbach Monastery (city of Wertheim, Baden-Württemberg).
The then rector of the University of Mannheim, Prof. Dr. Hans-Wolfgang Arndt, and the then board member of the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft, Dr. Jürgen Zech, were instrumental in founding the ideal sponsorship program. KIT has been a cooperation partner since 2016, so that the 14th class (scholarship year 2017/18) of the Bronnbach Scholarship was composed of scholarship holders from both universities for the first time.
In the meantime, there are over 300 alumni and alumnae of the Bronnbach Scholarship, who meet several times a year for joint events, are independently committed to the promotion and mediation of contemporary art, and thus form a supra-regional and interdisciplinary network.
Over time, regional groups have been formed at various locations to organize joint activities, and there are superordinate project teams in which alumni specifically promote joint projects. The annual alumni meeting "Bronnbacher & Friends", which is organized by the respective active scholarship cohort, traditionally takes place on the last weekend in February.
Since 2019, the Alumni:ae have their own web presence where all activities are bundled. Via an internal area, alumni:ae of the Bronnbach Scholarship can contact each other. In 2020, the Alumni und Freunde des Bronnbacher Stipendiums e. V. (Alumni and Friends of the Bronnbach Scholarship) was founded, in which all activities now converge. Further information about the Bronnbach Alumni:ae at: www.bronnbacher-alumni.de