Queensland Women in STEM Prize

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

What's important

  • Various cash prizes are available to support professional development opportunities.
  • Applications are now open.

About 2021 Queensland Women in STEM Prize

The 2021 Queensland Women in STEM Prize recognises Queensland women making an outstanding contribution in STEM.

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. 

Cash prizes are available:

  • Judges' Award awarded to the most meritorious applicant.
  • Inclusion Award awarded to the most meritorious Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicant, applicant with a disability, or applicant who is a carer.
  • Highly Commended Award(s) considered to be a meritorious applicant, as determined by the judges.


Applications close on 9 April 2021 at 4pm AEST.

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 and undertake STEM activities/research in Queensland at the time of the award.

This prize is presented by Queensland Museum Network and the Queensland Government.

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.

Take a look at this video:

  • hear from some extraordinary Queensland women working in STEM – the 2020 finalists and winners
  • learn about the benefits of STEM careers – including advice for girls and women.



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