Supporting Women Scholarships

The Supporting Women Scholarships are opening up new opportunities for Queensland women of all ages and at all stages of their working life.


What are the Supporting Women Scholarships?

The Supporting Women Scholarships provide women with financial support to take up opportunities in male dominated fields of study and employment.

The program is a four year Queensland Government initiative, administered by the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE), that opens doors for women to undertake study, and ultimately employment, in a number of nominated fields.

Scholarships are valued at $5,000 per annum (full-time study) for the length of the qualification, and worth up to a maximum of $20,000.

The Queensland Government offers Supporting Women Scholarships once per year and applications are now open for scholarships commencing at the beginning of the 2015 academic year.

What fields of study and level are the scholarships available for?

Scholarships are available from certificate IV to postgraduate level for study in:

  • Agriculture and Environmental Studies
  • Architecture and Building
  • Earth Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Information technology

Who is eligible to apply?

Supporting Women Scholarships are available to women at all stages of their lives and careers.

Women who are finishing school, changing careers, or looking to study and return to the workforce, are eligible to apply for a scholarship.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and women with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible you must be:

  • commencing a new program of study in 2015
  • applying to study in one of the eligible fields of study
  • applying to study at a Queensland university or registered training organisation
  • not be studying at the same, or higher, level than the program that the scholarship will fund
  • an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, New Zealand citizen living in Queensland, or an Australian Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holder
  • a Queensland resident

Key dates

The third round of Supporting Women Scholarships is now open, with applications to close at 2pm on 10 October 2014. Late applications will not be accepted.

Successful recipients will be notified in January 2015.

How to apply

Complete the online application at

If you need advice and support in preparing an application, contact the Supporting Women Scholarships team at or on 1800 177 577.

More information Call 1300 369 935 or visit the website at

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