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Applications open Wednesday 5th April
Applications close Wednesday 10th May

Chemistry Australia CEW Woman Leader in Stem Scholarship

Congratulations to the 2023 Winner – Kira McGrath

Kira works as a Manager of Manufacturing Technology at Orica and has extensive experience with ammonia, nitric acid and ammonium nitrate manufacturing processes specific to Orica’s Kooragang Island manufacturing facility. She has worked for Orica since graduating from The University of Newcastle as a Chemical Engineer in 2008 and has a breadth of knowledge in the manufacturing sector in process engineering, process safety, continuous improvement/lean manufacturing, and management roles.

 Are you one of our next Chemistry Australia’s scholar? Please send an email to to be kept informed about when this scholarship will next start accepting applications in 2024.

Inclusions and obligations

  • The successful candidate must undertake the Women Transforming Leadership course at Oxford Saïd Business School
  • The scholarship will cover the fees, accommodation and travel 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 her 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.
  • The successful candidate must complete the course within 18 months of award

Who should apply?

  • Applications are open to women leaders in STEM*
  • Mid to senior executive (CEO, or no more than 4 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 permanent resident

*Definition of STEM:
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/water treatment chemicals
  • Explosives and mining chemicals
  • Fertilisers
  • Fillers and brighteners
  • Food, beverage and nutritional ingredients
  • Gas processing chemicals
  • Industrial, medical and other gases (including hydrogen, refrigerants)
  • Natural rubber products
  • Paints and coatings
  • Personal care, cosmetics and hygiene
  • Pharmaceutical ingredients
  • Photographic chemicals, dyes and inks
  • Polymer film, sheet, rigid and foam products
  • Polymers, synthetic resins and synthetic rubber
  • Pulp and paper processing chemicals
  • Repackaging, storing, blending, solutioning
  • Silicones