Chemistry Australia Woman Leader in STEM Scholarship

Applications closed for 2024


Women Transforming Leadership course

Course type

Short course (5 days)



Open to

Women leaders in the chemistry industry


Oxford Saïd Business School, UK

Partnered with

Chemistry Australia

CEW has partnered with Chemistry Australia to offer one woman working in the STEM sector an incredible opportunity to undertake the Women Transforming Leadership course at Oxford Said Business School.

Applications are open to women who are employed by Chemistry Australia member companies and their supply chain partners, and to candidates from the chemistry industry nationally. The Australian chemistry industry nationally comprises a diverse range of businesses that manufacture and/or supply chemicals, plastics raw materials and products, and services including:

Adhesives and sealants, agricultural chemicals and pesticides, environmental, air, and water treatment chemicals, explosives and mining chemicals, fertilizers, fillers and brighteners, food, beverage, and nutritional ingredients, and gas processing chemicals. It also covers industrial, medical, and other gases (including hydrogen and refrigerants), natural rubber products, paints and coatings, personal care, cosmetics, and hygiene products, pharmaceutical ingredients, and photographic chemicals, dyes, and inks. Additionally, it encompasses polymer film, sheet, rigid, and foam products, polymers, synthetic resins, and synthetic rubber, pulp and paper processing chemicals, repackaging, storing, blending, and solutioning, and silicones.

Who should apply?

To be eligible to apply, you must meet the minimum selection criteria:
Applications are open to women leaders in STEM
Mid to senior executive (CEO, or no more than four levels down from CEO)
5 – 10 years senior leadership experience (i.e., business unit, operational management, line, or functional management incorporating key responsibilities such as P&L management, strategic planning, and must include people leadership)
Endorsement from senior management or the Board of her organisation
Australian citizen or resident
Inclusions and Obligations
The successful candidate must undertake the Women Transforming Leadership course at Oxford Saïd Business School, from 7 – 11 October, 2024
The scholarship will cover the fees, accommodation, and travel (return economy class flight capped at $3,000 AUD) to attend the prescribed course
The successful candidate must commit to attend the whole course
The successful candidate is required to write a report about their scholarship experience and may be asked to speak at CEW events
On completion of the course, the successful candidate will become a member of the CEW alumni community, CEW Connect Women
The successful candidate must complete the course within 12 months of award
Please note that final admission to Oxford Said Business School (the School) is at the discretion of the Institution. In the unlikely event that the winner is not admitted to their course CEW will work with them and the School to identify an appropriate alternative.

“I feel extremely excited and humbled that I have been awarded this opportunity. I’m still pinching myself! This programme aligns with my desire to elevate my leadership and enhance the level of impact in my workplace”

Kira Mcgrath
Manager - Manufacturing Technology, Orica. 2023 Scholar.

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