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2023-03-07 press release

Apply now for the Dr. Wilhelmy VDE Award 2023

Awarded for outstanding dissertations in electrical engineering. Prize especially for female doctoral students. The chances of winning 3,000 euros in prize money are goo

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(07.03.2023, Frankfurt a. M.) You are a female electrical engineer in the field of electrical engineering or information technology, have just finished your dissertation and are a member of VDE? Then apply for the Dr. Wilhelmy VDE Award for the year 2023. You still have until March 31 to participate, then the application period ends.

The Dr. Wilhelmy Foundation and the VDE launched the prize, which comes with 3,000 euros in prize money, in 2014 to promote young female scientists. Each year, a jury at the VDE selects the prize winners from among all those who have completed their doctoral thesis during an academic year. In addition to graduating cum laude, the prerequisite for the award is that the dissertation is of great significance for science and for Germany as a location for technology. The Dr. Wilhelmy Foundation provides funding of 9,000 euros per year for three female award winners.

Proportion of women below ten percent

On the labor market, the proportion of women among electrical engineers is less than ten percent as the German Economic Institute IW in Cologne has evaluated from the figures of the microcensus of the Federal Statistical Office of Germany for the VDE. With the Dr. Wilhelmy VDE Prize, we want to make a contribution to getting even more women and girls excited about technology.

Doctoral theses become patents

Like the award winners of the past few years, who have developed solutions in their dissertations that can improve medical care or contribute to greater energy efficiency, among other things.Not rarely, this has also resulted in patents.

Applicants can submit their dissertations to the VDE Committee for Women Electrical Engineers at until March 31, 2023.

About VDE

VDE, one of the largest technology organizations in Europe, has been regarded as a synonym for innovation and technological progress for more than 130 years. VDE is the only organization in the world that combines science, standardization, testing, certification, and application consulting under one umbrella. The VDE mark has been synonymous with the highest safety standards and consumer protection for more than 100 years. 

Our passion is the advancement of technology, the next generation of engineers and technologists, and lifelong learning and career development “on the job”. Within the VDE network more than 2,000 employees at over 60 locations worldwide, more than 100,000 honorary experts, and around 1,500 companies are dedicated to ensuring a future worth living: networked, digital, electrical.  
Shaping the e-dialistic future. 

The VDE (VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies) is headquartered in Frankfurt am Main. For more information, visit