The Paul Hoffmann Foundation aims to promote international horticulture in arid and semi-arid regions located in tropical and subtropical areas by supporting knowledge transfer and interaction between researchers and local agricultural producers.
The Foundation wants to support projects which focus on effective development cooperation with emerging and developing countries with regard to safeguarding and improving plant-based food production. To this end, the foundation supports students of horticulture, agriculture or similar subjects to study abroad, and sponsors relevant projects and theses of Geisenheim students and international students studying at Hochschule Geisenheim University. During their projects, the scholarship holders will acquire the practical and theoretical skills required to sustainably improve the living conditions in the above-mentioned countries through adapted food production.
The Paul Hoffmann Foundation was established on the initiative of Dr. Werner Hoffmann, retired academic from the predecessor institution of Hochschule Geisenheim University. The name of the Foundation honors his father Paul Hoffmann, Sr. and his brother Paul Hoffmann, Jr. His father also studied horticulture in Geisenheim in 1911/12. The property of the brother's former plant nursery in Trebbin (Brandenburg) is the capital of the foundation today.
In 1945, Paul Hoffmann, Jr., and his brother Hans were expropriated and sentenced to death by a Soviet military court for anti-Soviet propaganda. Later, the sentence was changed to ten years of imprisonment in a camp in Siberia. In 1947, Hans Hoffmann had a fatal accident in the coal mine. Paul Hoffmann, Jr. returned home in 1953.
In 2001, the brothers were rehabilitated by the Russian General Prosecutor's Office. It took until 2008 for the property of the former nursery, which became the Foundation's capital, to be returned to the Hoffmann family. Therefore, the Foundation was established in December 2008.
Within the framework of its funding guidelines, the Foundation provides grants for Geisenheim students who go abroad for study-related internships, project work or theses, and sponsors international students at Hochschule Geisenheim University who are involved in projects which support the goals of the foundation. The grants usually consist of a travel allowance for stays abroad or a financial contribution to living and travel expenses for research stays in Germany.
To apply for the scholarship, please submit all required documents and the completed application form (see “Application”) to the Foundation Board (info(at)paul-hoffmann-stiftung.de).
Who is eligible? Students studying for a degree in Horticulture (B.Sc.), Crop and Horticultural Science (M.Sc.) or related programs at Hochschule Geisenheim University, as well as students from international universities are entitled to apply if they meet the following criteria:
The Foundation Board will select the recipient of the grant and determine the amount based on the funds available in each fiscal year. There is no legal right to receive a grant.
Please submit your application online (info(at)paul-hoffmann-stiftung.de) and attach the following documents:
Board of Directors:
- Dipl. Ing. Sabine Rasim, Chairperson, Hochschule Geisenheim University
- Prof. Dr. Jana Zinkernagel, Hochschule Geisenheim University, Deputy Chairperson
- Prof. Dr. Annette Reineke, Hochschule Geisenheim University
Board of Trustees:
- Prof. Dr. Hans Reiner Schultz, President of Hochschule Geisenheim University, Chairperson
- Dipl. Bankbetriebswirt (ADG) Helmut Colloseus, Geisenheim
- Prof. Dr. Werner Eigler, Rüdesheim
- Dipl. Ing. Andrea Fütterer, GEPA, Wuppertal
- Pfarrer Johannes Hoffmann, Guntersblum
- Dipl. Ing. Eike Kaim, Hochschule Geisenheim University
- Dipl. Ing. Robert Lönarz, President VEG-Geisenheim Alumni Association e.V.
- Prof. Dr. Max-Bernhard Schröder (em.), Hochschule Geisenheim University
Paul Hoffmann Foundation
Dipl. Ing. Sabine Rasim
c/o Institut für Obstbau
Phone +49 6722 502 567