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Dresden Scholarships (UK) : for British pupils

An invitation to apply for

Dresden Scholarships (UK)

 The Dresden Trust is a British charity dedicated to fostering good relations with the city of Dresden in Saxony, Germany, one of the greatest centres of European culture, which was destroyed by Allied bombing in February 1945. The Trust has done much to encourage reconciliation between the peoples of the UK and Dresden – by, for example, participating in rebuilding projects and through cultural and educational initiatives.

The Trust believes there is no better way of furthering harmonious relations between countries than encouraging contacts between their young people. It is therefore offering a limited number of scholarships each year to enable British students to spend several weeks at one of the best schools in Dresden – the opportunity to improve their German language skills, experience life in one of Germany’s most beautiful cities and make new friendships.

 These scholarships are for suitably qualified pupils in schools which participate in the British-German Association’s Youthbridge Scheme. Teachers in these schools are therefore invited to encourage and nominate suitable candidates.

The scholarships will cover:

  • reasonable travel costs between the UK and Dresden.
  • a substantial contribution towards pupils’ living costs while they are away.
  • accommodation with the families of pupils at the school.

Suitable candidates will be:

  • English native speakers resident in the UK.
  • aged between 17-19 when they begin their stay in Dresden.
  • studying, or have just completed, German at A-level or equivalent (such as Pre-U or Scottish Highers) and likely to achieve a high grade.
  • engaged, committed pupils who will benefit from a stay of up to 6 weeks in Dresden.

 Applicants are asked to provide:

  • a CV, briefly setting out their school record and personal interests, with a letter explaining why they are applying for a scholarship and how they expect to benefit from the experience.
  • a brief reference from their language teacher or head teacher, and an indication that their application has the support of their parents.

Because the academic year in Saxony begins earlier than in the UK, it is likely that the scholarships will be taken up between early August and the end of September; however, arrangements can be tailored to suit individual applicants.

Teachers who identify a likely applicant are asked in the first instance to contact Mr. Paul Stocker, who organises both the Youthbridge Scheme and the Dresden Scholarships, by e-mail at paulstocker@gmx.co.uk or telephone at 07964 275888.

He may wish to speak to the applicant if this can be arranged.

(These scholarships for British pupils complement The Dresden Scholars’ Scheme (Germany), also run by the Dresden Trust, which enables pupils from Dresden and elsewhere in Saxony to attend independent schools in England and Scotland on scholarships which the schools themselves award to reduce the normal fees.)