The Femtec Career-Building Programme

Female talent is indispensable for business and science. To support talented female students with a background in STEM (= science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in their personal career development and connecting them to each other Femtec.GmbH was founded in 2001 by the European Academy for Women in Politics and Business (EAF) and Technische Universität Berlin. Since 2007, the KIT is an official partner in the Femtec.Network. In this nationwide consortium, large internationally active companies and eight renowned technical universities have joined together to promote interest in engineering and the sciences among young women, and to improve their prospects of entering into technical professions as well as their prospects for advancement in those fields.

The English-taught Femtec.Career-Building Programme specifically prepares female STEM-students for entry into their respective professions. It also prepares them to take over managerial tasks, and creates a network of colleagues that spans various disciplines and various universities. The Femtec Career-Building Programme has three main focuses:

  • Career Development 
  • Innovation and Co-creation 
  • Building Networks

If you take part in the Career-Building Programme, you will join an ever-expanding network with other STEM-students from all over Germany and Switzerland and Femtec Alumnae, who work all over the world. You will receive exclusive contacts to exciting companies, universities and research institutes, get to know different workplaces and business cultures. The Programme focuses on female STEM-students in their master studies (about 1.5 years before graduation). Each Semester up to 50 scholarships will be awarded in total. The application process starts each autumn and spring. Over 170 KIT students are already active in the Femtec.Network.

Informational Online Event in WS 2020/21
Wednesday, 28.10.2020, 3 p.m.
Webmeeting via Zoom
Further information and registration

Application for Course 39 in WS 2020/21
19th October – 8th November 2020

Assesment Center for KIT-Students
Wednesday, 9th December 2020 (full-day, online)

Programme Duration Course 39
March 2021 bis March 2022

Femtec was founded as a GmbH (limited liability company) in 2001 by the partners European Academy for Women in Politics and Business (EAF) and Technische Universität Berlin. The Femtec.Network is a unique consortium which consists of excellent partners in business and science as well as talented STEM-students, graduates and the Femtec.Alumnae Association. Alongside KIT, seven other leading Universities of Technology and 13 renowned companies work together in the Femtec.Network – linked in view of shared goals: to attract women for specialist and management positions in business and sciences in order to foster diversity in both spheres.

The Femtec Careerbuilding Programme specifically prepares top female STEM students for entry into their respective professions. While taking your university courses, the Career-Building Programme teaches you crucial skills for your future career. The English-taught Programme is designed for a duration of one year and starts each March and September. It focuses on three main fields:

  • Career Development: Career-building / self-confidence & assertiveness / leading myself and others
  • Innovation and Co-creation: Innovation labs (with partner companies) / Creativity 
  • Building Networks: Building sustainable networks / Meet the partners / Network Experience Tour

In three “Schools”, which build upon one another, it offers you intensive career training courses that help you shape your talents, inspiring discussions about career-relevant topics with other STEM-students as well as professionals from different positions and companies. You will learn about current leadership concepts and new approaches to deal with complex challenges and be part of an innovation project, in which you will work together with partners from industry, research and science to develop pioneering solutions for tomorrow’s challenges.

As a scholarship holder of the Femtec.Career-Building Programme you can participate at all schools and on excursions and have individual career advice from the Femtec Network free of charge, and you only need to pay the costs for traveling and accommodation. All schools take place in Berlin together with all other scholarship holders from the partner universities.* Accomodation during excursions will be organized and paid by Femtec itself.

As a scholarship holder from the KIT, you can apply for a grant to contribute towards travel expenses, which currently covers 80 % of the total costs up to a maximum of 200 €.

The scholarship is not to be understood as financial support towards the cost of your studies!

*Because of COVID-19-Pandemic all schools are organised online.

The Femtec.Alumnae e.V. (short: FTA) is a network of and for scientists, engineers and experts from the STEM field. The association was founded in 2008 by graduates of the Femtec Career-Building Programme. Since then it has grown into a strong network of more than 700 women. Its main aim is to boost the career prospects of women – especially in technical or scientific fields – and to achieve a better work-life balance for both women and men. The professional development of the members is supported by seminars and workshops. The association also offers the opportunity for exchange and networking – throughout Germany and worldwide – and holds regular meetings at the headquarters of each regional group. 

The Karlsruhe meetings are attended by active Femtec scholarship holders of KIT and Femtec members from other partner universities, who are currently doing an internship or writing their master thesis in Karlsruhe, as well as Femtec Alumnae who have already start their careers at companies in the region. As a graduate / Alumnae of the Career-Building Programme you automatically get the chance to become a member of the Alumnae Association. As early as you start the Career-Building Programme you can join the regular meetings and by this means benefit from an in-depth exchange of experiences with other students and professionals.

The Karlsruhe group usually meets at the 10th of each month. Those who are interested in getting an invite can get in touch with the leaders of the regional group. Here you can see an overview of all regional groups and contacts.

For further information on the Femtec.Alumnae e.V., visit www.femtec-alumnae.org

Here you can download informational documents and get audio-visual impressions of the Career-Building Programme.

Infomational Documents

Flyer Career-Building-Programm

Short insight into the Career-Building Programme (from class 38; will follow asap)

FAQs for applicants and interested students (Effective: January 2020)

Application manual for platform Femtec Campus 

Admission and Examination Regulation (from class 38) (Effective: August 2020)


Media

„Von starken Frauen für starke Frauen“ 
Beitrag im Online-Magazin clicKIT vom 3. September 2020

Weiterbildung und Stipendien
Live-Sendung im Campusradio Karlsruhe zu den Förderprogrammen Bronnbacher Stipendium, Femtec.Careerbuilding und KompetenzKompass vom 4. Oktober 2017

Frauenhightechpower
Beitrag bei Radio KIT am 19. Juli 2012

For more information on Femtec, see: http://www.femtec.org/