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.
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)?
- Short cover letter (1/2 page)
- Résumé (incl. thesis topic, professor's name)
- Abstract or short description of your thesis topic
- Current grade transcript
Wife of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier
CEO of Saxonia Systems Holding,
Founder of Saxonia Systems AG; now ZDI (ZEISS Digital Innovation),
Honorary Consultate of Finland in Saxony (Germany)
Head of Remote Platforms,
CEO of Hacker School GmbH
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
Professor for Software Technology at the HTW Berlin,
Spokeswoman for IT and Economics Studies (for Women)
Head of Digital Product Management at Continental,
founder with successful business exit strategy, Capital's 40 under 40, member of the central Advisory Board
Professor of Business Administration, Technical University Nuremberg,
Member of multiple Supervisory Boards,
Capital’s “40 under 40”
Head of ZEISS CurioZ (internal learning platform),