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Hinewai Clark, awardee, at the Auckland award ceremony 2017

Open for applications March 2022

If you have any questions, please contact: enquiries@newhorizonsforwomen.org.nz

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Association of Women in the Sciences STEM Award

The Association of Women in the Sciences (AWIS) is a national organisation encouraging women to use and develop their scientific abilities and to achieve their full potential. In 2018, AWIS introduced a financial award to support women studying STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The funds for the awards are raised each year by AWIS through different fundraising events.

Purpose of the award/s

The Association for Women in the Sciences (AWIS) STEM Award is for women who are enrolled in a *STEM-related programme of study, and who have completed at least one year of a New Zealand tertiary qualification at an undergraduate degree level (NZQA level 7), OR are studying at a post-graduate level. The award may be given as one award or split into two (maximum) awards at the discretion of the NHWT: HK Specific Purpose Awards panel.  

The awards are a one-off grant to help with study and/or living expenses during the study and includes membership to AWIS for a year.


Eligibility criteria

To apply for this Specific Purpose Award you must meet all the following eligibility criteria:

The applicant is a woman, who:

  • Is enrolled in an NZ approved tertiary qualification

  • Is studying at a degree level or higher (NZQA Level 7 or more)

  • Is studying one or more STEM-related subjects

  • Has completed at least one year of study in a STEM-related field

  • Is a New Zealand citizen or holds a resident class visa, and lives in New Zealand

  • Has not previously received an NHWT: HK Award at the proposed level of study

Selection criteria

When selecting awardees, the selection panel will consider the following:

  • Academic achievements and career plans

  • Financial circumstances

  • Personal circumstances

  • Experience


  • Weighting will be given to those studying in a STEM-related field of study, where women are currently under-represented.

  • Weighting will be given to applicants whose social identity is under-represented in their field of study.

If you are eligible for this award, please complete the online application form from 1 March and submit it by the closing date 15 April 2021.

Association of Women in the Sciences STEM Award