UNSW Women in Maths and Science Champions Program

The UNSW Women in Maths and Science Champions Program is a development program to support our female research students and early career scientists to become science professionals. It is a twelve-month program. Cohorts Three and Four will run concurrently from August 2019 to August 2020.

What does it involve?

The UNSW Women in Maths and Science Champions Program is a career development program designed to enhance participants’ university experience, prepare them for their careers, and establish a connected network of women in maths and science. It is also designed to provide women employed within UNSW Science with the skills and confidence to build their public profile and make a positive impact to the broader science community.

The Program incorporates five development workshops that aim to provide the participants with the knowledge and confidence to maximise the impact of their engagement, their research, and their work. The workshops will focus on:

  • Presentation Skills
  • Social Media Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Leadership Development
  • Career Development.

The role of a UNSW Maths and Science Champion requires a minimum of 20 hours of outreach activities within the twelve-month Program, to encourage and inspire girls and women to pursue a career in maths and science. The participants will form a community of ambassadors who are fully engaged with UNSW Science outreach activities.

Additionally, participants in the Program will partake in focus sessions, undergo a strengths profile assessment, and undertake one-on-one career coaching sessions. Participants in the PhD Cohort will have the opportunity to apply their program learnings to the Postgraduate Research Showcase towards the end of the Program.


Who is it for?

  • PhD Cohort

The PhD Cohort is for female students enrolled in a PhD or Masters by Research in UNSW Science (full time or part time equivalent) with aspirations for personal and professional growth and a commitment to the role of UNSW Maths and Science Champion.


  • Early Career Scientists Cohort

The Early Career Scientists Cohort is for early career scientists that are 0–7 years post‑PhD, or hold an undergraduate maths and science degree and at least 5 years’ experience working in maths or science (excluding career interruptions). They must also currently hold an academic or professional position in UNSW Science; have aspirations for personal and professional growth; and a commitment to the role of UNSW Maths and Science Champion.

We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and LGBQTI people.



Applications for Cohorts Three and Four have now closed. 

Introductory Workshop and Cohort Launch: 7 August 2019

Development Workshops: 

  • First Development Workshop: 4 and 5 September 2019
  • Second Development Workshop: 27 and 28 November 2019
  • Third Development Workshop: 5 and 6 February 2020
  • Fourth Development Workshop: 8 and 9 April 2020
  • Fifth Development Workshop: 17 and 18 June 2020[i]

[i]The first date applies to the PhD Cohort and the second date applies to the Early Career Scientist Cohort in each case.


The development workshops will be based at the UNSW Kensington campus. There may be some travel within Sydney for your role as a Maths and Science Champion.


Siobhan Campbell, Project Officer, Women in Maths and Science Champions Program,


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Read stories and articles written by the Champions in the UNSW Women in Maths and Science Champions Program Blog.