Elevate program strategy

Elevate aims to address gender inequities in STEM. It is funded by the Department of Industry, Science and Resources with additional support from the Department of Defence.

Our vision for the Elevate: Boosting women in STEM program is an inclusive and equitable STEM sector where scholars can collaborate, lead and excel in academia and industry. 

The mission of the Elevate: Boosting women in STEM program is to support diverse people to become successful and innovative leaders, decision-makers and role models in STEM, drawing on the networks, resources and supports of academia and industry, who themselves inspire and support a thriving STEM workforce. 

ATSE and its partners conducted a thorough co-design and consultation phase to ensure a high-quality program spanning industry, academia and government to upskill women and non-binary people with STEM qualifications, research, and business expertise. There was a substantial response from across the STEM sector.

The Consultation Briefing provides insight into the findings from the consultation process, and the principles and plans that inform implementation of Elevate. The report covers the consultation process, who was consulted, findings from the consultation on the topics of audience, post-education skills, workforce structures, partnerships, and evaluation, moving from consultation to implementation, and next steps for Elevate. ATSE appreciates the time and effort of the individuals and organisations who participated in the consultation. Their perspectives and insights have helped shape the Elevate Program. 

Aims of Elevate

Elevate women and non-binary people into leadership  

Scholars will be supported to develop and strengthen their leadership skills, business acumen and networks, and to elevate their profiles and influence; enabling them to effect positive change. 

Support women and non-binary people to access and foster industry-academia collaborations  

In collaboration with partners and stakeholders, scholars will be offered professional and personal development opportunities to support career development and foster productive industry collaborations targeting priority areas and disciplines. 

Equitable and inclusive support for under-represented women and non-binary people to pursue STEM education and careers  

The program will develop a diverse group of scholars to be inclusive, collaborative, and industry-minded. It will provide scholarships for women and non-binary people to access STEM study, careers and leadership opportunities who have not traditionally had access to these pathways. 

Growth, sustainability and effective delivery 

The program is delivered in an impactful, evidence-based and proactive way to the highest standard. Through co-investment and partnerships, the program can expand to award more scholarships. If you or your organisation is interested in co-investing contact our Partnerships team. 

Elevate partners 

Elevate: Boosting women in STEM will be administered and delivered by ATSE as the lead organisation working with diverse partner organisations from industry and academia including ATSE’s Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS), DMTC Limited, Cooperative Research Australia, Gemaker, Cicada Innovations, FB Rice, Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN), Science & Technology Australia, Women in STEMM Australia, Indigitek, and Women in Leadership Development Program (WILD).   

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Cover of Elevate Scholarship Guidelines showing women in different science, technology and engineering occupations
Elevate guidelines

These guidelines contain information related to the process of selecting Elevate scholars for the 2025 round of the Elevate and the conditions for the scholarships.

Diversity & inclusion
Women in STEM
Elevate guidelines 2.2mb / pdf