As a pioneer, Bertha Benz not only undertook the world’s first overland journey in an automobile over 130 years ago; she also supported the inventions of her husband Carl Benz in an entrepreneurial spirit and with technical expertise. To commemorate her achievements, which were quite exceptional for that time, the Foundation awards the Bertha Benz Prize once a year. In the spirit of its name-giver, it honors young female engineers with outstanding dissertations.
Young female engineers who have created value added for society with the findings of their dissertations may be nominated for the Bertha Benz Prize by their scientific institutions. This award, which is endowed with €10,000, is bestowed annually and – in recognition of Bertha Benz – acknowledges pioneering spirit, courage, and visionary character.
The nomination deadline for 2023 expired on March 1, 2023. The online portal for nominations to the 2024 Bertha-Benz-Prize will be available from November 1, 2023. Nominations are possible from this date up to and including March 1, 2024.