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The NXP Foundation has launched the TU/e Fellowship Program, in which up to 10 students per year can get a €5000 scholarship. It is the first time the Texas-based foundation is providing scholarships outside the U.S.A. Today, the first seven master students studying Electrical Engineering at the TU Eindhoven have been awarded their scholarship.

The NXP Foundation is a nonprofit organization of NXP Semiconductors. The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is number 5 in the ranking of global top universities in academia-industry research cooperation. The NXP Foundation Fellowship Program represents a multi-year commitment by the NXP Foundation of $ 250.000 to fund the advanced study of leading-edge technologies by highly qualified students at TU/e.

The NXP Foundation has decided to provide grants to TU/e because of the strong competencies of the university in the field of millimeter-wave technology. Another factor is that NXP is headquartered in Eindhoven and traditionally has close ties with TU/e.

Two-year master course

In each of the coming 3 academic years, a maximum of 10 students studying Electrical Engineering at TU/e will be awarded a scholarship for their two-year master course. The NXP Foundation and the TU/e will award the scholarships on the basis of study performance, extracurricular activities, and motivation. Students specializing in leading-edge technology fields such as automotive, microelectronics, and radio communications will be eligible.

Of course, there’s something in it for NXP as well. The students receiving the scholarship will be doing their graduation assignment or work placement in close collaboration with NXP “but have no contractual obligations to NXP at the end of their scholarship period”, NXP says in a statement.

Guido Dierick, Country manager NXP Netherlands: “ICs are getting ever smaller and exceptionally complex. This is a challenge for both semiconductor companies and universities. Good collaboration is therefore more important than ever to allow The Netherlands to continue to play its leading role in innovation. I am very pleased that for the first time in its history, the NXP Foundation will now support students outside the USA and has selected TU/e. I hope that this program will be very successful.”

TU/e Rector Magnificus Frank Baaijens is pleased with the scholarships. “We see it as a recognition of the excellence of our education. It underlines the strong ties of TU/e with the industry in the Brainport region and beyond.”

Millimeter-wave technology

There are several examples of collaboration between TU/e and NXP already. Education on millimeter-wave technology, for example, is the foundation for state-of-the-art research on car radar and 5G/6G wireless communications. TU/e leads several research projects in this area in collaboration with NXP and other industrial partners.

Domine Leenaerts, NXP Fellow and professor at TU/e: Communication comes via simplification of the RF and mm-wave design and that is a challenge NXP is facing daily. This will certainly be true for the new 6G wireless communication standard with frequencies beyond 100GHz. It is important for our future that students learn to cope with these challenges. That is why I am really pleased with the scholarship program, which will undoubtedly get NXP into contact with new talent.”

Another field where TU/e and NXP already met is radar technology. Kostas Doris (NXP Fellow and professor at the TU/e): “Mm-wave radar technology transforms today’s cars into robot-cars that can sense and react to the environment better than humans. With this program, we would like to give our students the chance to learn about the challenges in the exciting field of radar and to enable them to contribute.”

The first seven recipients receive their NXP Foundation Scholarship