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Femtec: Career development for female STEM students

You are studying mathematics, computer science, engineering or natural sciences? Are you enthusiastic about new technology? Do you want an exciting and responsible professional future? Then Femtec is the right place for you! Femtec's Career-Building Programme prepares you for future leadership roles in business or science and is dedicated to individual career planning.

Applications are open to all female* students of STEM fields in their master's studies. The programme starts twice a year, the application portal opens at the beginning of each semester for a programme start in the following semester break.

*Femtec strives for gender equality, not just for cisgender women but all underrepresented genders, and embraces diverse backgrounds and experiences.

The next application period - Class 46

Applications for the next round will be accepted from April 15 to May 5, 2024. The application portal will open on April 15th.

Info event

Join the info session on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024, 5-6 pm, and gain insights and experiences from Femtec Alumna. The event takes place at HSZ Poppelsdorf.


Excellent trainers and coaches support your development on both a personal and professional level. In three intensive schools - one week each in Berlin - you will learn self-confidence, leadership and problem-solving skills, and much more.


The Femtec networks offer you access to partners from industry and alumnae. These direct contacts support you in building your own professional network - whether for internships, job inquiries or simply for helpful advise and exchange of experiences.


At the innovation.lab, you work with partners from practice and science on an innovation project and develop technology-based solutions for tomorrow's challenges. Individual coaching sessions support your idea and decision making process.

Workshops und Innovationen
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Procedure and contents

The Femtec Career-Building Programme includes three schools, one per semester. The first school starts at the end of the semester in which you are accepted. The first two schools are followed by a 4-day excursion to industry partners. The program is designed for a duration of 13 months. You can find the dates of the schools here.

Over the course of the three schools, you will learn about current trends in project work alongside your studies, together with 50 other students from all over Germany. You will expand your soft skills such as creativity and intrapreneurship or the necessary competencies in intercultural and virtual cooperation. In an innovation workshop, you will develop forward-looking solutions for tomorrow's challenges in a team and together with our partners from industry, research and science.

Attractive offers from our partners provide great entry-level opportunities, such as internships, theses, direct entry or a trainee position. Until the time comes, you have the opportunity to use individual counseling sessions in the Career-Building Programme to define your personal job and career aspirations. You can find more benefits here.

All information and all dates are available on the Femtec homepage.

You can participate free of charge in all schools, excursions and the individual career counseling of the Femtec Network. You only need to pay the expenses for travel and accommodation. However, Femtec scholarship holders of the Fall 2023 application round (i.e. for Class 45) of the University of Bonn have the possibility to receive a travel grant. Please contact us for this: billmann@verwaltung.uni-bonn.de

This is not a financial support to finance your studies!

The date of the first school is mandatory. You may only apply if you are able to attend this date. If you cannot attend one of the other two school dates for important reasons, e.g. because you are completing a semester abroad or an internship, you can change courses after prior consultation with Femtec GmbH. However, you should be able to complete the entire programme during your studies.

Application and selection process

You can apply if you

  • are a female* student at the University of Bonn (*as Femtec strives for gender equality, not just for cisgender women but all underrepresented genders, applications from diverse backgrounds and experiences are eligible)
  • are studying mathematics, computer science or another engineering or natural science subject (see list of subjects below),
  • have started a Master's program and will study for at least 1.5 more years,
  • have commitment and team spirit, and you want to set the course for your professional career in good time and take on responsibility in business or science at an early stage.

Since both the selection process and the programme are conducted in English, if your native language is not English, you should have at least a B2 level of English according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 

The schools take place in Berlin. All three schools must be completed by the programme participants.

  • Agricultural Sciences and Resource Management in the Tropics and Subtropics
  • Arzneimittelforschung (Drug Research)
  • Astrophysik
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Security
  • Ernährungswissenschaften
  • Geochemie/Petrologie
  • Geodäsie Und Geoinformation
  • Geodetic Engineering
  • Geographie
  • Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security
  • Geologie
  • Immunobiology: From Molecules to Integrative Systems
  • Life Science Informatics
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Immunosciences and Infection
  • Mikrobiologie
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Molekulare Lebensmitteltechnologie
  • Naturschutz und Landschaftsökologie
  • Neurosciences
  • Nutzpflanzenwissenschaften
  • Organismic Biology, Evolutionary Biology and Palaeobiology (Oep-Biology)
  • Paläontologie
  • Pharmazie
  • Physik
  • Physik der Erde und Atmosphäre
  • Plant Sciences

Please contact us if your department is not on the list and you are interested in the programme!

An application is possible twice a year (usually at the beginning of the semester). You can apply online via the application portal of Femtec GmbH. You will need all relevant certificates and proof of practical experience as well as a current transcript of grades in electronic form. Please upload your complete application documents in a PDF file. Details about the application process can be found here.

Applicants for the Femtec Career-Building Programme are selected in a two-stage process:

The pre-selection is based on your online application.

In the English-language assessment center, you complete a day of various exercises. You will be assessed by several observers from your university and various partner companies of the Femtec Network. Together they will decide whether you have passed the assessment center. You will be informed about the result on the following day at the latest and can take advantage of detailed feedback. On the linked websites, you can find the dates of the information events and assessment centers.

As there is only a limited number of places available in the programme each semester, passing the assessment center does not automatically mean that you have been accepted to the programme. A final decision on your participation in the program can only be made after all assessment centers at the various locations within the network have been completed.

STEM subjects

STEM stands for the subject areas of science, technology, engineering and math.


The language of instruction at the schools is English, therefore a sufficient knowledge of English (B2 level) is mandatory. Knowledge of German is not required.

May 5, 24

Application deadline, class 46

June 4, 24

Assessment center, class 46

Sep 16, 24

Start first school, class 46

What is Femtec?

Femtec GmbH was founded in 2001 with the aim of better networking female STEM talents in business and science and supporting them in their personal career development. The network qualifies with offers already in school and enables female students with the Career-Building Scholarship excellent career perspectives. Diversity program development for organizations and career counseling for professionals are further building blocks for strengthening diverse organizations. Committed women, renowned technology companies and leading scientific institutions, universities and colleges form the Femtec network.

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