$13 million in grants plus hundreds of scholarships to support women in STEM and entrepreneurship

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20 January 2022

Achieving full and equal opportunities for women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is our ongoing commitment. Today, the Minister for Science and Technology made 2 announcements that  continue to work to improve gender equity in STEM.

Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship grants open

This round of the Women in STEM and Entpreneurship grants offer $13 million in total funding support. This is the largest amount of funding to date, with grants of $500,000 to $1 million available for each grantee.

The initiative seeks applications from projects that have proven success in breaking down barriers for women and girls to participate in STEM jobs and study. Applicants need to submit evidence of success when they apply.

Can your project drive greater impact and create lasting change? Apply now or learn more on business.gov.au.

University scholarships for women in STEM fields

Our department has appointed  the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) as the program delivery partner for the Boosting the Next Generation of Women in STEM program.

ATSE will receive $41.2 million over 7 years to manage and deliver up to 500 university scholarships to help women in STEM:

  • re-enter workforce
  • seek higher qualifications
  • develop senior leadership skills.  

ATSE will lead the co-design of the program with our department and other key stakeholders to:

  • identify sectors with the highest potential to support future growth industries and areas of job growth
  • invite university and business applicants to nominate collaborative industry projects in priority areas
  • award university scholarships to eligible women.

During the process, ATSE will actively engage with a consortium of strategic partners representing:

  • large, medium and small STEM employers
  • applied STEM universities
  • organisations with deep expertise across Australia's STEM ecosystem.

Applications for scholarships will open in July 2022. ATSE will develop a website with details about the program.

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For information about these funds contact business.gov.au