Student STEM grants now open

Inspiring Australia grants of up to $20,000 are available for schools and organisations to support student science opportunities in Australia and abroad. Applications are capped at $1500 per student for domestic and $5000 per student for overseas competitions and events. Funding is allocated to eligible applicants on a first-in basis.

The Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions program allocates up to $1.6 million each year to support young Australians’ participation in conferences, competitions and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics events.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the initiative will help more young Australians get the STEM foundation that they need to be part of future scientific and technological breakthroughs, and will also set them up for the jobs of the future.

Previous recipients include

  • Three students from Brisbane who went to Silicon Valley in the US to present at the Technovation Global Pitch
  • Eleven students from Sydney attended Camp Kennedy Space Centre in the US,
  • Sixteen primary students from Mackay attended Sydney Science Festival.

Over the life of the program, more than $4 million has been awarded, supporting students to attend over 440 STEM-related events.

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