Scholarship for women in science and engineering
Tackling the gender disparity in engineering
When it comes to STEM-related fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), women are often under-represented. According to UNESCO, only 28% of the world’s researchers are female, and only 8% of students choosing engineering, manufacturing and construction courses across the globe are women.
At Sulzer, we are committed to supporting an inclusive workplace for all. As part of our measures to tackle the gender disparity in science and engineering, in 2019, we launched the “Sulzer Scholarship for Women in Science and Engineering”.
Female students in engineering, technology and science fields can apply to a Sulzer scholarship, offered in close collaboration with selected academic institutions. The scholarship entails financial support, access to Sulzer coaches, learning and practice opportunities, visits to the local Sulzer facilities, access to local industrial events and invitations to Sulzer’s social events.
Supporting 35 female students in engineering
Currently, 35 female students in China, India, Indonesia, South Africa and Brazil benefit from the scholarship. We selected these countries because Sulzer has a strong industrial presence there and can support the students throughout their studies and beyond, in particular in learning and practice. Furthermore, except for China, the proportion of female engineers in these countries is relatively low.
With this scholarship we aim to increase the participation of women in our industries and foster gender diversity in management positions. To this end, we maintain close contact with all the beneficiaries and continue to support them along their journey at Sulzer and beyond.
The beginning of a career at Sulzer
Sulzer has a long history of providing internship, apprenticeship and university support programs for students in many countries. Besides improving the gender balance, we believe that such programs are an investment in the future of young people and our own future, since many employees started their Sulzer careers in programs like these.