The Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) has opened applications for the new $41.2 million Elevate: Boosting women in STEM program. The program is funded by the Australian Government.

Elevate will award up to 500 undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships to women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) over the next six years. The program encourages women to pursue education and careers in STEM and offer opportunities to extend qualifications, networks and professional skills in STEM and business.

The Elevate scholarship program will immerse women into a diverse and inclusive STEM ecosystem through collaborations between industry, academia and government. Three categories of scholarship are available for study in all STEM disciplines: Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and Leadership.

ATSE CEO Kylie Walker encouraged a diverse and broad range of girls and women to apply and pursue education and careers in STEM.

“Diversity builds strength and is crucial to the future of science, technology, engineering, and innovation in Australia. More women in discovery and innovation will build the resilience, capability and breadth of Australian research and innovation,” she said.

“As well as generous scholarships to support undergraduate and post-graduate university education, the Elevate program will provide targeted professional development, mentoring, and cross-sector networking that will ensure scholars graduate with career-building knowledge and skills, connections and relationships.”

“Elevate will propel women into senior STEM leadership positions, boosting women’s voices in decision-making and future-shaping in industry and academia.”

“To lay the foundations for an Australian future that has a sustainable and prosperous economy, society, and environment, we need a broad range of people equipped to solve problems through creativity, collaboration and innovation.”

Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of girls and women. An intersectional approach will be applied, and all STEM disciplines will be considered, including Indigenous knowledge systems in STEM.

The Elevate program is open to all prospective students who identify as women. ATSE particularly encourages applicants from individuals who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; LGBTQIA+; individuals from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds; low-socioeconomic backgrounds; individuals from regional or rural areas or those living with a disability. Diversity, inclusion, and achievement relative to opportunity will be considered in the assessment and selection process.

Applications for Elevate scholarships will be open all year round with an assessment period each year. For study starting in 2023, applications are now open and the assessment period begins 11:59pm on 30 September 2022. Applications received after this deadline will be considered for scholarships starting in 2024.

ATSE will administer and deliver Elevate and is excited to continue to work with our collaborative partners from industry and academia, including ATSE’s Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS), Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN), Cooperative Research Australia, Cicada Innovations, FB Rice, DMTC Limited, gemaker, Indigitek, Women in Leadership Development Program (WILD), Women in STEMM Australia (WiSA) and Science & Technology Australia.

Visit: https://atse.org.au/elevate to find out more and apply now.