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STEM Scholarships

A $1 million scholarship fund has been created to support 110 high school students from under-represented groups to pursue science, technology, and mathematics (STEM) subjects at SACE level.

Scholarships of $7500 to $10,000 can be used to cover the cost of tutors, laptops, excursions or anything that directly supports the student to achieve in their chosen STEM subjects.

Scholarships will be offered in each of the next three financial years, with the first round of applications available to current year 10 students.


To apply for this scholarship you must be:

  • enrolled in a government school
  • the holder of a school card
  • committed to completing SACE stage 1 and stage 2
  • demonstrating high potential in STEM subjects (C minimum in year 10 maths and science)
  • pursuing Stage 2 specialist mathematics, maths methods, chemistry and/or physics
  • willing to participate in mentoring programs, and other activities that support career awareness in STEM and dispositions for STEM learning.

Female and Aboriginal students are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

To apply, you must:

  1. review the tips for preparing your application
  2. complete the self-nomination application form (PDF 234KB)
  3. have your teacher complete the support statement (PDF 173KB)
  4. gather your supporting documents including your proof of enrolment and school reports
  5. forward the application form, support statement and supporting documents to your principal
  6. ask your principal to complete the principal support statement (PDF 169KB) and email your completed application forms and supporting documentation to the STEM Scholarships project team at DECD.STEMScholarships [at] sa.gov.au.

The application checklist (PDF 135KB) can help guide you through the application process.

Closing date

Round 1 applications are due by 29 September 2017.

Assessment of applications

A panel of representatives, including industry, Secondary Learning Improvement division project officers, a SASPA (South Australian Secondary Principals' Association) representative and Aboriginal community representatives will assess applications against selection criteria approved by the STEM scholarships project team.

DECD Learning Improvement will advise successful and unsuccessful applicants directly, and the successful applicant’s school will also be notified.

Tips for preparing your application

You should thoroughly read the application prior to commencing writing. Take time to gather any necessary documentation or information you will need to submit to support your application.  

Although there is no right or wrong way to prepare an application, we recommend that you first talk with your parents/guardian, the teacher who will be providing the support statement and your nominated mentor teacher (if they are different),  to help you plan your responses to the questions.

Your application should reflect YOU – your achievements, your aspirations and your passions for STEM learning.

Obtain proof of enrolment and a copy of your most recent school report that includes subjects you have completed and the results you obtained for these subjects.

Arrange for either your science, technology or mathematics teacher to provide a support statement for you.

Identify a mentor who will be willing to support you throughout the duration of your STEM Scholarship. Your mentor may be the teacher who completed the teacher support statement for you.

Conditions and payments

The STEM Scholarship grants will be paid to the school, which will administer the release of money for specific purposes aligned with the student’s budget plan.

Successful scholarship recipients, their parent/s and school will enter into an agreement with the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD).


STEM scholarships program

Phone: 8463 5838
Email: DECD.STEMScholarships [at] sa.gov.au