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The program runs for two calendar years with a total of 60 participants by application and competitive selection. The first year of the program will focus on professional development through a series of five workshops and the second year will focus on providing participants opportunities to practice their new skills through media and speaking opportunities in schools and on high profile stages.

The current program concludes in December 2020.  The next program will run from January 2021-December 2022, and applications for this program will open in July 2020.  Sign up to our newsletter for updates.

Key dates:

  • First round applications open: Monday 6th July 2020
  • Applications Close: Monday 17th August 2020
  • New cohort announced mid November 2020

Applicants must identify as women and be employed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) roles at any career stage in any sector.  Applicants must be Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Hold a PhD or higher (Associate Professor, Professor etc.) or;
  • Indigenous Australian with an undergraduate STEM degree and at least 7 years STEM industry experience or:
  • Person with an undergraduate STEM degree and at least 7 years experience working in technology, engineering, mathematics, agriculture, environmental science or geological sciences.

and have:

  • A commitment to the two-year Superstars of STEM Program, including the training, practice, networking and mentoring components; and a commitment to participate where possible in opportunities provided to alumni participants throughout the life of the Superstars program
  • A natural aptitude for oral and written communication
  • An interest in building a public and professional profile and in communicating with public audiences through speaking engagements, the media, social media and written material
  • A commitment to being mentored
  • A commitment to becoming a long-term role model for girls and young women in and thinking of entering the STEM sector
  • Willing to organise to speak at least three and up to five high schools, with support from the program

Participants will be selected to ensure geographic and discipline diversity in the program as well as representation from all career stages and a range of sectors, including public, private, and academic.

Experience in the media is not required: we are looking for people who have an aptitude for communication and a desire to build a public profile.

We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, STEM professionals of all ages and career stages and LGBQTI people.

It is important you, and your employer, understand the time commitment when applying.  Including the workshop days, travel, networking, school visits, mentoring, media and speaking opportunities, social media and progress reporting, participants need to commit to the equivalent of approximately 2 days per month over the two-year duration of the program, although the commitment will differ from month to month.

At the conclusion of each program participants will be provided with support materials and advice to enable them to continue to grow their public profile and with suggestions and opportunities to build on the professional relationships they’ve established with one another.  Participants will be strongly encouraged to continue their mentoring relationships.  STA will continue to provide opportunities for alumni such as ad hoc speaking and media opportunities where available.

 1. Developing your Superstar Toolkit, Personal Brand & Storytelling2. Becoming an online Influencer3. Media Training4. Writing for The Conversation5. Communicating with influence
Duration:2 full days –   1-2 nights depending on travel times.Full DayFull Day1 hourFull Day
Location:MelbourneSydneyYour nearest Capital City out of Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, SydneyWebinarMelbourne
Date:February 2021*May 2021*July or August 2021*Late August 2021*November 2021*

*Whilst all efforts will be made to avoid changes to dates, STA reserves the right to change dates if absolutely required.

In the 2021-22 program, the following places will be available to successful participants:

  • At least 40 fee paying places, $2,600+GST per person (50% due upon acceptance of place (mid December 2020) and remainder due 30 January 2021). This fee supports the costs of participant travel to face-to-face training.
  • Up to 20 scholarship places, available to participants who are able to demonstrate financial need and meet strict eligibility criteria, details available at time of application.

Note: There is also a non-refundable $27.00 application fee for all applicants.

What's included for successful applicants:

  • One complimentary registration to Science meets Parliament (valued at ~$1,100 per person)
  • Five professional development workshops
  • 1:1 coaching session with a career strategist
  • Domestic interstate air travel from your nearest residential capital city to attend three scheduled workshops.
  • Accommodation will be provided for one night of the first two-day workshop. For subsequent one- day workshops participants are expected to fly in and out on the same day.  (In cases where this is not possible due to flight times, accommodation will be provided).
  • Two years of support from specialised STA staff and contractors, including support to generate media and speaking opportunities
  • Invitations to networking opportunities with industry, government and sector leaders, media and Superstars of STEM Alumni.
  • Support to source and connect with an appropriate senior mentor
  • A network of like-minded supportive peers with an online platform to engage
  • STA will work to identify and make available other opportunities during the life of the program.

For every program, there will be some out of pocket expenses associated for participants or their employers including local travel, ground costs, some meals, incidentals and parking.  Participants will have the option to attend networking events such as Science meets Parliament if they are willing to fund their own travel costs.

At the conclusion of each program participants will be provided with support materials and advice to enable them to continue to grow their public profile and with suggestions and opportunities to build on the professional relationships they’ve established with one another.  Participants will be strongly encouraged to continue their mentoring relationships.  STA will continue to provide opportunities for alumni such as ad hoc speaking and media opportunities where available.

Enquiries:

If you have any enquiries about the program please contact:

Brodie Steel, Program Manager - Superstars of STEM

02 6257 2891 - brodie.steel@sta.org.au