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ZEISS Women Award

For strong women in IT

Application period: 01.07. – 31.08.2021

Are you looking at new digital solutions as part of your thesis? Are you getting top grades and volunteering in your spare time (e.g. for a local club)? Then you should apply for the ZEISS Women Award!
The ZEISS Women Award honors successful young women in IT and serves as a platform to encourage more women to consider a career in the field. If you're a woman currently working on her bachelor's, master's or PhD thesis, then you're eligible to apply. The top three winners will receive staggered cash prizes. The award is sponsored by Mrs. Elke Büdenbender, wife of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Terms and Conditions
  • Are you studying IT, business informatics or a similar subject?
  • Are you about to finish your bachelor’s, master’s or “Diplom” degree and are either working on your thesis or awaiting your final grade?
  • Have you achieved top grades (German grades ≤ 2.0 or equivalent)
  • Do you have innovative ideas up your sleeve, are happy to take the initiative and are dedicated to shaping the digital future?
  • Do you do any volunteering (e.g. at a club)?

Then you can submit your application between 1 July and 31 August 2021. The three winners will be selected by a jury composed of successful women from the worlds of science and business. The awards will be presented at an event on 18 October in Dresden, and sponsored by Mrs. Elke Büdenbender.

Cash prizes

1st prize: €2,000
2rd prize: €1,000
3rd prize: €500

Please submit the following documents
  • Short cover letter (1/2 page)
  • Résumé (incl. thesis topic, professor's name)
  • Abstract or short description of your thesis topic
  • Current grade transcript
Click on the button below to send us your application!

The Jury
Viola Klein

CEO of Saxonia Systems Holding,
Founder of Saxonia Systems AG; now ZDI (ZEISS Digital Innovation),
Honorary Consultate of Finland in Saxony (Germany)

Inkeri Klomsdorf

Head of Remote Platforms,

Dr. Julia Freudenberg

CEO of Hacker School GmbH

Katrin Katzung

General Partner of engineering firm Katzung GmbH,
Member of the Executive Board of the Association of German Women Entrepreneurs,
responsible for STEM subjects,
Vice President of Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Erfurt

Dr. Karoline Bader

Head of Digital Product Management at Continental,
founder with successful business exit strategy, Capital's 40 under 40, member of the central Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Yasmin M. Weiß

Professor of Business Administration, Technical University Nuremberg,
Member of multiple Supervisory Boards,
Capital’s “40 under 40”

Ilka Hauswald

Head of ZEISS CurioZ (internal learning platform),