Jürgen Dormann Foundation (JDF) for Engineering Education

Stipend application deadline: 01 / May / 2017

The JDF for Engineering Education is committed to supporting excellence in education for students of engineering. Stipends are available for students applying for degree study at one of the selected engineering schools as defined by the foundation (see website for details).

To apply for a JDF stipend, please read the accompanying criteria and application instructions.

Instructions for Applicants


Applicants wishing to pursue undergraduate degree study at one of the selected universities who are permanent residents in one of the listed ABB countries (see website for details) are eligible to apply.

Please ensure that you read and understand our detailed eligibility criteria.

Selection criteria

Applicants must be above average high school graduates with a clear motivation to study engineering who meet the respective university’s entrance requirements. Applicants from the list of predefined countries must be nominated through a selected university; unsolicited applications will not be considered.

Applicants will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • recommendation from a selected university - Technical University Sofia and its branch in Plovdiv

  • means test; financial need - monthly gross income of parents is below 2 720 Lev (BGN)

  • high school leaving certificate incl. grades and/or university certificate 

  • letter of recommendation by a high school teacher or principal

  • personal motivational letter
  • interview (in final selection round)
  • extracurricular activities and awards

Successful applicants will be expected to attend local ABB events, possible participation in an international symposium in Switzerland upon invitation and be actively involved in a series of JDF activities. Furthermore, applicants will be assigned an ABB mentor and are requested to submit a brief quarterly report on their experiences and progress throughout their degree study.

What costs are covered?

The amount of the yearly stipend will be a fixed amount allowing to cover reasonable expenses, such as tuition fees, accommodation, books/personal computer, meal allowance, transportation and household expenses.

How to apply

Please complete the Stipend Application Form you will get from your university and return it to the Career center of Technical University as indicated on the form.

Applications close on 1 / May / 2017

What to enclose

Applications should be accompanied by your final grades/report from high school and/or university certificate, curriculum vitae (CV), a motivational letter as well as a letter of recommendation from a teacher, professor or principal.

The motivational letter should contain the following information:

  • a brief description of your background/personal circumstance;
  • the reasons why you feel the JDF should support your degree study;
  • your motivation for studying engineering


The letter of recommendation should contain the following information:

  • a brief description of your relationship with the referee, including the duration of your involvement;
  • the reasons why the referee is interested in supporting your application
  • any active participation in a specific event or activity which highlights your eligibility for a JDF stipend

Please note: the letter of recommendation must be included in the application documentation and be submitted in a sealed envelope, addressed specifically to the local ABB JDF responsible.

Please give your full application documentation at your local Career Center unit by using the following contact details:

Career Center, Technical University Sofia

Sofia 1000, 8 "Kliment Ohridski" Blv.
building 12, room. 12 122
phone. +359 2  965 34-40
е-mail: career@tu-sofia.bg

Career Center, Technical University Sofia, branch Plovdiv

Plovdiv 4000, 25 Tsanko Diustabanov St,
building 4, room. 4435
phone. +359 32 659 541 
е-mail: boteva@tu-plovdiv.bg

JDF office
Name: Kristina Entcheva
Phone: + 359 32 348 716
E-mail:  kristina.entcheva@bg.abb.com

What happens next?

Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by email. Applications will then be screened and those meeting the eligibility criteria will be considered by a committee convened by the local JDF responsible and the JDF Foundation Management Organisation (FMO). 

Applicants will be informed by 31 / May / 2017 if their application has been successful.

Further help

If you require assistance with completing and/or submitting your application, please contact either the designated contact at your university or the local JDF responsible.

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