The foundation was founded in 1993 by Professor Dr. Ing. Klaus Rother from the estate of the mother of geology student Bernd Rendel, who died at the age of 26 years. The purpose of the foundation is to promote science and research in the field of geology, especially petroleum geology.
In cooperation with the DFG, the foundation has been awarding the Bernd-Rendel-Prize to non-doctoral junior geoscientists with university degrees (geology, mineralogy, geophysics, marine geosciences, geodesy) since 2002. The criteria for awarding the prize are the quality and originality of the previous research work, which, however, need not be completed. Special attention should be given to the selected research approach as well as the scientific potential of the candidate. The Bernd-Rendel Prize is currently endowed with € 1,000 per winner. The amount of the prize money depends on the annual income of the foundation and thus on the general interest rate.
The Bernd-Rendel Prize is a prize for junior scientists in the field of geosciences , awarded annually by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft . The award recognizes non- doctoral researchers for the "quality and originality" of their previous work.
Only one young scientist is selected from hundreds of applicants.
There are no costs involved with the application for this prize.
The prize is awarded to early career geoscientists who have graduated, but do not yet hold a doctorate, and who have demonstrated great potential in their scientific career. Researchers from natural-science oriented fields in geoscience are eligible to receive the prize; researchers from humanities-oriented branches of geography are not eligible. Selection criteria include the quality and originality of previous research results or work in progress.
The work submitted for this competition involves several years worth of conducted research.
There is no application option, because the funding program is realized in cooperation with the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and in connection with its selection mechanisms. Nominations may be submitted either by the researchers themselves, or by any researcher or academic working in a closely related field.
Documents Required include: detailed information on the nominee’s research to date (e.g. thesis, manuscripts, special publications) and future research plans, CV, list of publications, copies of certificates, statement on the proposed use of the prize money.