Apply for the 2024 ATSE Elevate Program: Boosting Women in STEM

The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering’s Elevate: Boosting Women in STEM program will award up to 500 undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships to women in STEM. The Elevate Program aims to address gender inequities in STEM through fostering more women-led industry-academia collaborations in applied research and business, growing professional skills of women in STEM and propelling women into leadership. 

The Elevate program provides:  

  • A scholarship 
  • Access to events and networking 
  • Mentoring 
  • Ongoing support during scholars’ university studies 

Applications for the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering’s Elevate: Boosting Women in STEM Program commencing in 2024 opened on 1 October 2022.  

Applications for the 2024 Elevate program close at 5:00pm (AEST) 31 August 2023.  

The Elevate program guidelines outline the Elevate program and scholarship opportunity, the eligibility requirements and selection criteria, the process of and time for application consideration and the expectations of scholars engaging in the program.  

Read the Elevate program guidelines 

Apply for the 2024 Elevate Program 

Applications can be completed online through the ATSE Elevate program portal. The portal is hosted by GoodGrants. The GoodGrants Ultimate Guide for Applicants may assist you in registering and completing your application. We encourage applicants to start the application process early, as applications can be saved as you progress through the portal. 

Alternative modes of submission 

ATSE is committed to providing inclusive and equitable access to all potential applicants. If for any reason you are unable to submit written responses to the questions in this application form, ATSE will also accept alternative modes of submission. Applicants may prefer to create a video, either of themselves or from images or drawings that they compile. Applicants may also submit applications verbally via an interview with a member of the Elevate team. Applicants must still convey responses to questions as per the application form, as assessors are still required to score applications against a set of three key selection criteria. 

To discuss your options for alternative modes of submission, please contact ATSE at or call 02 6185 3240. 


Applicants are required to meet three eligibility criteria:  

  • Identify as a woman or non-binary person 
  • Be enrolling as a domestic student 
  • Be planning to undertake a STEM degree or higher studies to improve business acumen at an Australian university, commencing in 2024 

ATSE particularly encourages applications from individuals who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; individuals from regional, rural or remote areas; LGBTQIA+; individuals from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds; low-socioeconomic backgrounds; or those living with a disability. Diversity, inclusion, and achievement relative to opportunity will be considered in the assessment and selection process. 

Applications for the Elevate program commencing in 2025 will reopen in early 2024. The date and time will be available on the ATSE website. You can also sign up to the mailing list to be notified when applications reopen. 

ARIAM Hub is hiring!

Attention Researchers and Future Researchers! 

Are you passionate about making a difference through research? Do you have a track record of excellence in your field and want to work on cutting-edge robotics projects with a dynamic team? ARIAM Research Hub is growing and we are currently seeking highly motivated researchers and PhD candidates to join our team! We are offering 1 Postdoctoral Researcher position and 10 PhD Scholarships across our 3 partner institutions (USyd, QUT and ANU) and working closely with experts from the robotics industry. 

Be supported by a team of world-class academics and industry experts as you pursue a career in a field that has endless potential. 

As a member of ARIAM, you will have the opportunity to work on challenging and impactful research projects that contribute to the advancement of knowledge in robotics and adjacent areas. You will work collaboratively with a team of experts from diverse backgrounds, allowing you to learn and grow both personally and professionally. 

We are looking for candidates with a broad range of backgrounds, including but not limited to: Mechatronics, Computer Science, Machine Learning, Computer Vision or similar. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in their respective fields and have a strong publication record. 

If you are interested in joining our team and contributing to world-class research, head to our Opportunities page. More positions to come so watch this space. We look forward to hearing from you! 

ARIAM Hub Featured on Nine News Australia

We are thrilled to have been featured on Nine News Sydney for our research in the dynamic field of robotics aimed at managing critical infrastructure and environmental assets. Nine’s reporter, Sophie Walsh, visited the ACFR labs and interviewed our director, Prof. Ian Manchester. The story also features ARIAM partners Advanced NavigationReach RoboticsHullbot and Abyss Solutions Ltd.  Sophie Walsh, experienced our cutting-edge technology first-hand during a ride around Chippendale in ACFR’s self-driving vehicle, and saw robots being developed for disaster response and space exploration. Thank you to Nine News for showcasing our work and for raising awareness of the significant potential of robotics in many industries.







Professor Kurniawati Appointed as SmartSat CRC Professorial Chair

Congratulations to The Australian National University (ANU) expert Professor Hanna Kurniawati, who has been appointed as the SmartSat CRC Professorial Chair for System Autonomy, Intelligence, and Decision Making. Professor Kurniawati is ARIAM Hub’s Theme Lead on Planning and Control and part of the Hub’s Executive Leadership Team.

SmartSat is Australia’s leading space research centre – where a team of Australia’s top researchers come together to spearhead the development of next generation space technologies.

“I am grateful and excited for this opportunity. Space technologies are entering a new era that will become increasingly important to our daily lives, and being in the Southern hemisphere, Australia has a geographical advantage in this domain,” she said.

Professor Kurniawati is based in the ANU School of Computing, and has significant experience in robotics, planning under uncertainty, robot motion planning, reinforcement learning, and integrated  planning and learning.

She has spent much of her career researching ways to develop decision-making technologies that would enable robots to operate more reliably and more robustly in cluttered and confined remote environments, as well as in crowded urban environments.

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ARC Linkage Grant to Hub CIs and Hub Partner

Congratulations to our Deputy Director Technology & Impact, Prof. Stefan Williams, and our Theme Lead, Dr. Viorela Ila, on the award of an 2022 ARC Linkage Grant in collaboration with Hub Partner Reach Robotics. Together they have been awarded $420,000 to investigate Visual Methods for Advanced Automation of Underwater Manipulation. The research will seek to increase the autonomy of underwater robotic systems engaged in intervention and inspection tasks.

About Australian Research Council Linkage Program

The ARC Linkage Program promotes national and international research partnerships between researchers and business, industry, community organisations and other publicly funded research agencies to facilitate the transfer of skills, knowledge and ideas as a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research.

The Linkage Projects grant opportunity supports projects which initiate or develop long term strategic research alliances to apply advanced knowledge to problems, acquire new knowledge and as a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research.

Hub Commences with Kick-off Workshop

To mark its official commencement, ARIAM Research Hub held its Kick-off Workshop and Inaugural AGM in the Boardroom of the University of Sydney on Wednesday, November 30th, 2022. Bringing together the ARC, Hub Members and their team to discuss the key elements for creating a successful research collaboration and to lay the foundations of a well-functioning, vibrant research Hub. The workshop was hosted by ARIAM’s Director, Professor Ian Manchester, with keynote presentations from Liz Visher, Director – Major Investments at the ARC, and Distinguished Professor Peter Corke, Director of the QUT Centre for Robotics and Strategic Advisor to ARIAM Research Hub.

The Australian Robotic Inspection and Asset Management Hub officially commenced on November 1st, 2022. Led by The University of Sydney, the Hub spans 3 academic institutions, including QUT and ANU, and is supported by 10 industry partners. Its overall objective is to enable research collaboration at the forefront of robotics science to build industry capability and technology transfer pathways. Our program of research aims to overcome key hurdles to develop intelligent, autonomous systems capable of inspecting and maintaining infrastructure and other critical assets in real-time.