Fraunhofer TALENTA start

A career booster for women at Fraunhofer

Recruiting more women for applied research, developing their skills and retaining them as employees is an important objective for Fraunhofer. With our comprehensive funding and development program for female scientists and managers, we are successfully working toward achieving this objective.

Whether you have just entered the field of practical research or want to enter it, whether you have the relevant work experience or already lead a team, if you want to give your career an extra boost, it’s worth taking a look at our program. Specifically tailored to your needs and individual career phase, “Fraunhofer TALENTA” allows you to obtain new qualifications in a way that suits you. You will be given dedicated “career time,” so you have the necessary space in your working day to focus on developing your career as a scientist or manager in the field of applied research.


Fraunhofer TALENTA start: Beginning your career

TALENTA start is the program for all female university graduates starting their career in applied research with Fraunhofer. It acts as a helpful guide at the beginning of your career in applied research and strengthen your expertise in interdisciplinary fields. The objective is to support female candidates at the start of their career with Fraunhofer, guide them in taking the next steps in their applied research careers and ensure they have the time for doctoral research and/or further professional development.

Beyond that, the support service is tailored to your specific stage in life and your career, and covers many additional topics, such as assessing your current situation, doctoral studies and project work, strategic self-management and delivering a standout work performance. Throughout the funding period and beyond, participants can share knowledge with other female scientists through a variety of networking platforms, such as


Who can apply?

The focus is on STEM subjects, in particular engineering- and technology-related disciplines. If a job advertisement catches your interest, you are welcome to submit an application — including a reference to TALENTA — to the institute in question. Your application to participate in TALENTA will be submitted in cooperation with the institute that decides on who to nominate for the program.