Australian school students will be able to apply for funding to participate in STEM events, following the release of the latest round of the Federal government’s sponsorship grants.
The new program offers grants of between $1,000 and $20,000 for school primary and high school students to attend science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) conferences, competitions and other events in Australia and internationally.
Jobs and innovation minister Michaelia Cash said that the grants would help expose more young people to an industry that is constantly changing.
“Technology is evolving so rapidly that it is likely that some of our best students will take up jobs that don’t even exist yet,” Cash said.
“The Turnbull Government is investing in support for STEM and the sponsorship grants are a fantastic opportunity for new experiences, I encourage all young people to apply.”
A total funding pool of $1.6 million per year has been set aside for the program and will be allocated to eligible recipients in order of receipt until exhausted. Grants will be capped at $1,500 per student for domestic events and $5,000 per student for international events.
To be eligible, the chosen STEM-related events must promote student engagement and take place within one year of the grant application. Students must be under the age of 18 at the time of application.
Assistant minister for science, jobs and innovation Zed Seselja said getting students involved in STEM events would help pave the way for the next generation of Australian scientists and engineers.
“It is exciting to think of where students love of science, technology, engineering and mathematics will lead them in the future,” Seselja said.