Queensland Women in STEM Prize

Showcasing inspiring women working in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM), whose practice benefits Queenslanders.

What's important

  • Three cash prizes of $5,000 are available to support professional development opportunities.
  • Applications are closed.
  • Winners were announced on 24 March 2019.


About Women in STEM Prize

The Queensland Women in STEM Prize supports innovation and collaboration between Queensland women working in STEM fields.

Queensland's female experts in STEM fields are international leaders and at the forefront of many breakthroughs and discoveries. They are working to make a difference to the wellbeing of individuals and communities locally, nationally and internationally.

The competition identifies female STEM professionals who are making a positive contribution to their individual field and engaging with a broader community. Entrants are supported to further develop their communication skills with a targeted training session in Brisbane or Townsville.

Three cash prizes of $5,000 are available:

  • Jury Award presented to the most meritorious applicant, as determined by a panel of esteemed judges
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Jury Award presented to the most meritorious Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicant, as determined by a panel of esteemed judges
  • People’s Choice Award presented to the applicant with the highest number of public votes.


Applications closed on 26 February 2019.

Read the eligibility criteria.

The Queensland Women in STEM Prize is open to any person who identifies as a woman and is working in a STEM field, including as a professional, scientist, researcher or student from any company, institute, government, university, not-for-profit or educational institution.

PhD and Masters students or anyone who has been in a STEM profession for less than 12 years is eligible to apply.

Applicants must be an Australian citizen or a permanent Australian resident, and must reside in Australia at the time of the award.

This prize is presented by the Queensland Museum, Queensland Government and BHP Foundation.

Increasing the awareness, understanding and participation in science in Queensland is one of the key priorities of the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist's Engaging Queenslanders in Science strategy and the Office for Women’s Queensland Women's Strategy.

2019 winners

Winners of the Women in STEM competition were announced during the World Science Festival Brisbane in March.

The 2019 winners are:

Jury Award—Amanda Dawson

People’s Choice Award—Anu Choudhary

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Jury Award - Clare Villalba

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