Minister for Defence Science and Personnel – Defence science scholarships for female students

The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon, today announced that the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) is now offering scholarships in science and engineering for female high school and undergraduate students through three of Australia’s leading universities.

 The participating universities are the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales and University of Adelaide. 

“These scholarships will encourage high-performing female students to take up or continue undergraduate studies in science and engineering,” Mr Snowdon said.

“There is a significant imbalance in the ratio between female and male students and graduates studying science and engineering, so DSTO is introducing this scholarship scheme as an incentive for female students.”

Each of the three universities will award four scholarships to female students enrolled in undergraduate programs in either engineering, computer science, physics, chemistry or mathematics. The scholarships will be available from second semester 2013 (July), over a four year study period.

The students will be mentored by DSTO scientists for the duration of their studies and undertake projects relevant to DSTO.

Selection will be made on the basis of academic merit either through an applicant’s Year 12 school results or undergraduate results. Other factors such as interest in a career in Defence, community leadership, involvement with extra-curricular activities and referee reports will also be taken into account.

Scholarship students who have completed a minimum of two years full time study will also have the opportunity to participate in DSTO’s Summer Vacation program.

“This is an invaluable opportunity to gain work experience on practical, real-world problems that scientists and engineers deal with every day to find solutions for Defence capability,” Mr Snowdon said.

“These scholarships demonstrate DSTO’s commitment to broadening Australia’s scientific base which will provide Defence with access to a diverse, strong pool of talented scientists for the future.”

Further information on the new scholarships is available at

Media contacts:

Minister Snowdon’s office: Marcus Butler (02) 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796
Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999

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