McLaren Racing 60 Scholars Programme

McLaren Racing is excited to launch 60 Scholars, a new programme to encourage and support the next generation of female leaders in STEM. 60 scholars is named to mark McLaren Racing's 60th anniversary and aims to inspire 60 aspiring female STEM leaders through an accelerated course of learning and mentorship. The programme is supported by three Founding Partners: Google, Cisco and Cadence, all of whom are leaders in their fields and who strive to empower women into STEM careers.


The programme is searching for 60 women, aged 18-23, based in the UK who wish to be a leader in a STEM industry in the future. If you have studied, or are studying, a STEM subject and wish to pursue a career in a STEM industry this programme is designed to fast-track your career, whether that’s in software, technology, engineering, data or other STEM related careers.


The programme will take place between June and September 2023 and will consist of a series of events that the 60 successful scholars will have unique access to:


  • A virtual launch event live streamed from the McLaren Technology Centre where you'll hear from senior leaders from within McLaren, Google, Cisco and Cadence
  • A McLaren Racing virtual technical masterclasses – showcasing key technology within the team you’ll also hear from team members who will share more about their careers along with guidance on how to pursue a career in this space
  • A further three live virtual technical masterclasses from Google, Cisco and Cadence – each will showcase key technology and products within their organisation, you’ll also hear from individuals working within those teams who will share their career journeys and will offer advice on pursuing careers in this space
  • Four live Q&A events with female STEM ambassadors within McLaren Racing who will share insight into their roles and careers, and where you will have the opportunity to ask questions
  • A celebratory in-person event at the McLaren Technology Centre with keynote talks from senior leaders, hands-on access to technology, networking with women from McLaren Racing, Google, Cisco and Cadence and a tour of the McLaren Technology Centre.


About our 60 Scholars founding partners:


Google is a Primary Partner of the McLaren Formula 1 Team and McLaren Extreme E. This first of its kind partnership brings the best of Google products and technology to McLaren, creating a more seamless experience across devices. Throughout the season, McLaren will use Google Chrome and 5G-enabled Android devices to enable faster deployment, speed and real-time connections to take on-track performance to the next level.

Cisco is the worldwide leader in technology that powers the Internet. Cisco inspires new possibilities by reimagining your applications, securing your data, transforming your infrastructure, and empowering your teams for a global and inclusive future.


As an Official Technology Partner of McLaren Racing, Cisco’s industry-leading solutions, innovation and expertise will help to enhance McLaren’s technological infrastructure on race day and at the team’s headquarters, as well as to connect with fans around the world. Cisco’s decade-long leadership in developing purpose-built, innovative solutions in the sports and entertainment field will aid McLaren in its pursuit of the competitive edge needed to drive performance in a sport as lightning-fast as Formula 1.


Cadence is a pivotal leader in electronic systems design, building upon more than 30 years of computational software expertise. The company applies its underlying Intelligent System Design strategy to deliver software, hardware and IP that turn design concepts into reality. Cadence customers are the world’s most innovative companies, delivering extraordinary electronic products from chips to boards to complete systems for the most dynamic market applications, including hyperscale computing, 5G communications, automotive, mobile, aerospace, consumer, industrial and healthcare. For eight years in a row, Fortune magazine has named Cadence one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For.


Application process


The application process to secure a place on the 60 Scholars cohort is made up of two parts:


  1. An initial application outlining your eligibility along with a short 250-word submission around why you want to be a future leader in STEM.
  2. If your initial application is successful, we will ask you to complete three short self-recorded video interview questions (don’t worry – you’ll have the ability to practice on the platform ahead of recording your answers!). Please note that you will have three days to complete these questions once sent, if we don’t receive your completed videos in that time, we will assume you are no longer interested in the programme
  3. The team will then review your video interview answers and we will then select our cohort. We will communicate this with the successful applicants by June 20 2023.


Please note that securing a place on the programme is not an offer of employment, work experience or an internship. The programme is a series of events and workshops that you will have exclusive access to as a cohort and is unpaid, but McLaren will support travel expenses for the in-person event at the McLaren Technology Centre.

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