UNSW Women in Maths & Science Champions Program

Maximise your impact in research, work and the community through our Maths and Science Champions Program.

UNSW Girls do the Maths bag

The UNSW Women in Maths and Science Champions Program is a 12-month career development program to support our research students and early career scientists, who identify as women, to become science professionals. 

The program is designed to enhance participants’ university experience, prepare them for their careers and establish a connected network of women in maths and science. 

It provides women employed within UNSW Science with the skills and confidence to build their public profile and make a positive impact on the broader science community. 

Program benefits and outline 

The program incorporates five development workshops providing participants with the knowledge and confidence to maximise the impact of their engagement, research and their work. The workshops will focus on: 

  • presentation skills 
  • social media skills 
  • communication skills 
  • leadership development 
  • career development. 

The role of a UNSW Maths and Science Champion requires a minimum of 20 hours of outreach activities within the twelve-month program. The aim is to encourage and inspire girls and women to pursue a career in maths and science. The participants will form a community of ambassadors who are fully engaged with UNSW Science outreach activities. 

Additionally, participants in the program will engage in focus sessions, complete a strengths profile assessment and undertake one-on-one career coaching sessions. The PhD cohort will have the opportunity to apply their program learnings to the Postgraduate Research Showcase at the end of the program. 

Who is it for? 

PhD cohort

The PhD Cohort is for students who identify as women enrolled in a PhD or Masters by Research in UNSW Science (full-time or part-time equivalent). They have aspirations for personal and professional growth and will commit to the role of UNSW Maths and Science Champion.

Early career scientists cohort

The Early Career Scientists Cohort is for scientists who identify as women 0–7 years post‑PhD or hold an undergraduate maths and science degree and at least 5 years’ experience working in maths or science (excluding career interruptions). They must currently hold an academic or professional position in UNSW Science. They have aspirations for personal and professional growth and will commit to the role of UNSW Maths and Science Champion.

We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and LGBQTI people.

Program timetable 

See the program timetable for more information. 

There are a total of six development workshops delivered in a blended model of online and face-to-face at the UNSW Kensington campus. 

How to apply 

Applications for 2023 have now closed.

If you have any questions please email our Program Manager, Dr Jessica Stanley.

Connect with us

Read stories and articles written by the champions in the UNSW Women in Maths and Science Champions Program Blog.