Superstars of STEM – FAQs

Q: Can I apply if I haven’t quite finished my PhD/have experience instead of a PhD/have nearly submitted my PhD?

A: No. You must have obtained your PhD before the closing date for applications. But please sign up to our newsletter or check back next year as we intend to have an annual intake and will refine criteria.

Q: Do you offer childcare support?

A: No. Whilst we would love to be able to provide childcare support, offering childcare to all 30 participants would wipe out our entire budget. However, because we don’t want anyone to be precluded due to caring responsibilities, we will do what we can to assist participants to attend the workshops.  For example, two of the workshops will be conducted online and if attendance at the two face to face workshops proved problematic we would work with the participant to find a solution.

Q: Are the networking opportunities compulsory?

A: No. But we encourage you to go to as many as you can.

Q: I live offshore (or am soon to move overseas). Can I still apply?

A: No. Participants need to be living in Australia for the duration of the program.

Q: Can trans women apply?

A: Yes. Anybody who identifies as a woman is welcome to apply.

Q: Can I apply if I’m between jobs?

A: Yes. We would prefer participants to be employed but won’t exclude you if you’re not. If/when an unemployed participant gains employment we will ask her to obtain written evidence from her new employer that they support her participation in the program.

Q: Can I apply if I have some experience in the media?

A: Yes. While we’re looking for participants who have a limited public profile we won’t preclude you if you’ve done a bit of this kind of thing.

Q: Can I apply if I have no experience in the media?

A: Yes. We’re looking for aptitude and a desire to build a public profile, not experience.

Q: Can I apply if I’m in the private sector/not working in research?

A: Yes. We encourage a diversity of women working in a diversity of STEM roles to apply.

Q: Can I apply if I’m a Professor/senior manager?

A: Yes. We encourage women at all career stages to apply.

Q: I have applied for residency but it won’t come through until later in the year, can I apply?

A: No. Applicants must have Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency at the close of applications on the 23 May 2017.

Q: I am on a 457 Visa or a temporary partner Visa 820, can I apply?

A: Unfortunately not, applications are open to Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents this year, as assessed at the close of applications on the 23 May 2017.

Q: Will you be running this program again?

A: We hope to run Superstars of STEM each year, but this will depend on funding. Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates.

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