Boosting women in STEM

Elevate Scholarship guidelines

Please read the Elevate Scholarship guidelines in full before applying.

These guidelines contain information related to the process of selecting Elevate scholars for the 2023 round of scholarships for the Elevate: Boosting Women in STEM program (‘Elevate’) and the conditions of the award for the Elevate scholarships.  

This document sets out:
(a) the Elevate Program and scholarship opportunities
(b) the eligibility requirements and selection criteria
(c) the process of and timeline for application consideration
(d) the expectations of scholars engaging in the program.

Read FAQs below.

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Process and timeline for application consideration
The deadline for Elevate scholarships for 2023 is 11:59pm 30th September 2022. Any applications received after this deadline will be considered for scholarships starting in 2024. The Elevate team highly encourages applicants to start the application process early. 

Timeline for study beginning in 2023
Applications open 9:00am, 29 July 2022
Deadline for 2023 consideration 11:59pm, 30 September 2022
Assessment period 9:00am 01 October 2022
Scholarships announced November 2022
Scholarships commence January 2023   

Applications will be open year-round.
Each year, ATSE will review applications for the following year. Any applications received after the deadline will be considered for scholarships starting the following year. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the payments for the three categories of scholarship?

The table below outlines the payment for full-time students (AUD$) in each category of scholarship. Part-time students will be paid pro-rata.

Undergraduate Postgraduate Leadership
Maximum duration of scholarship 3 years 3 years 2 years
Maximum scholarship funding $30,000 $82,000 $70,000

Am I eligible for an Elevate scholarship if I have already commenced my studies?  

No. Elevate scholarships are only available to those who plan to commence a new course at an Australian university in 2023.  

If you are already studying, you are ineligible for your current degree.  

You can apply in the future if you choose to undertake further studies. 

How does the Elevate Scholarship interact with other scholarships, particularly the Research Training Program (RTP) for PhD students?  

Elevate scholars may hold more than one scholarship.  

It is the responsibility of an Elevate scholar to ensure that: 

  • they are eligible for any other scholarship they hold concurrently,  
  • and that the Elevate scholarship will not impact or contradict their eligibility for the second scholarship. 

For a student to continue to be eligible for an RTP scholarship, they must not be in receipt of an equivalent award, scholarship or salary related to their course of study that provides a benefit greater than 75% of their annual RTP stipend rate.  

  • This will often mean RTP scholars will not be able to hold an RTP scholarship and an Elevate scholarship at the same time, and we recommend students confirm their eligibility. 

Students who have been unable to secure an RTP scholarship are encouraged to apply for a postgraduate Elevate scholarship for study in applied research. 

What are the visa eligibility requirements for Elevate scholars?  

To be considered for an Elevate scholarship, students will need to be enrolling at an Australian university as a domestic student for study based in Australia.  

Students must be entitled to stay in Australia, or enter and stay in Australia, without any limitation as to time.  

The only visas that allow students to enrol as a domestic student are Australian Permanent Resident visas, including humanitarian visas.  

What is the difference between the Postgraduate and Leadership Scholarships?  

There are three different categories of Elevate scholarship – undergraduate, postgraduate and leadership. 

Postgraduate Scholarships 

We encourage students commencing a PhD or Master by Research in 2023 to apply for a Postgraduate Scholarship.  

We will prioritise students whose research is an industry collaboration or links with industry, particularly in the categories of advanced manufacturing, agriculture, digital futures, energy resources and renewables, health, minerals and mining equipment, technology and services and water resources.  

However, applications from all STEM disciplines are welcome.  

Students undertaking other postgraduate STEM degrees can also apply to this category. 

Postgraduate Scholarships will provide financial support, along with opportunities for professional development, industry engagement, networking and mentoring. The goal for these scholars is to foster more women-led industry-academia collaborations in applied research and business. 

Leadership Scholarships 

We encourage women intending to study either a Master of Business Administration or Master by coursework in areas of high job growth that address nationally important industry STEM skills gaps to apply for a Leadership Scholarship.  

Applicants must have completed a prior STEM qualification. 

The nationally important industry skills gaps are defined by the National Manufacturing Priorities. These are resources technology and critical minerals processing; food and beverage; medical products; recycling and clean energy; defence and space.  

As part of the consultation process, the following areas were also identified as priority disciplines: natural sciences (agriculture, environmental sciences, climate sustainability and adaption, geology and entomology), engineering (material engineering, chemical engineering, minerals, energy, transport and circular economy) and technology (cybersecurity and data skills).  

Leadership Scholarships will provide financial support, along with opportunities to develop board and executive leadership skills including governance and strategy.  

The goal is for these scholars to lead and excel in the STEM ecosystem and to propel an increased number of women in senior leadership and decision-making positions in industry, research organisations, government and business.   

Does the scholar need to commence in Semester 1 in 2023, or can they commence their studies later in the year?  

For Elevate Scholarships offered in 2022, scholars are not required to commence in Semester 1, 2023. However, study must commence by 30 September 2023.  

Scholars are advised to liaise with their university as to the commencement timeframe for their chosen course of study.  

Elevate scholarships cannot be deferred to a future year.  

How many scholarships are being given out? 

Up to 500 scholarships across the three categories will be awarded over the six (6) years of the program (2023-28).  

There will be up to 80 undergraduate, 370 postgraduate and 50 leadership scholarships, for study at a university located in Australia to gain, extend, or build on STEM education and qualifications. 

Who is on the selection panels?  

Selection panels will comprise a diverse group of people with representatives from government, industry and academia, and from a broad range of disciplines.  

An intersectional and inclusive approach will be used to convene the panel to ensure individuals with lived experience at different career stages are represented. 

Will the scholarship involve more than financial support?  

Yes. In additional to financial support, Elevate scholars will be immersed in and supported by an inclusive network of ATSE’s partner organisations and influential leaders. Scholars will be provided with professional development, mentoring, cross-sector networking and industry engagement as part of the program. Scholars will also be invited to participate in a pastoral care program.