Women's Academic Fund

Supporting more women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) with funding for female researchers within Queensland based universities and other publicly funded research organisations.

What's important

  • Applications are now closed.
  • Between August 2015 and 30 June 2017, more than $1.53 million has been invested through the fund to directly support more than 150 female researchers to help them continue important research while on maternity leave, or to help advance their careers by raising the profile of their research through presenting at national or international conferences.


About the Women's Academic Fund

The Advance Queensland Women's Academic Fund supports the retention, development and progression of female researchers within Queensland based universities and publicly funds research institutions/organisations. The program encourages female researchers to return to their research careers following maternity leave, and provides carer funding to support female researchers in attending and presenting at conferences. Funding was also available to organisations to arrange lectures or presentations that highlight the research of leading Queensland female researchers.

Funding was available for:

Maternity funding: funding for another researcher, or a research/laboratory assistant to progress research whilst the primary researcher is on maternity leave; or to assist the primary researcher following maternity leave.

Carer funding: funding to cover any out-of-pocket childcare or respite care costs incurred while the researcher is presenting at a national/international conference, or sitting on a professional research committee.

Lecture funding: to cover the costs of delivering lectures or presentations that highlight the work of leading Queensland based female researchers.

Last updated 20 Feb, 2019
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