Applications open for global female scholars award programme


Nominations are open for the 2023 Johnson & Johnson Scholars Award programme that aims to develop female leaders and feed the talent pipeline.

The $150,000 and three-year mentoring award sponsors women at critical points in their research careers, in each of the disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing, Math and Design (STEM2D). 

Johnson & Johnson’s goal is to “fuel the research passion of the awarded women and inspire career paths in their respective STEM2D fields. Johnson & Johnson is looking to identify global women leading in both their research fields and leading as mentors, to be a vision for girls and other women in STEM2D.” 

The global awards will fund one woman per discipline who has completed her advanced degree and is working at an accredited academic university, institution or design school, such as a non-tenured assistant professor, assistant professor or associate professor.

Australia’s leading scientists have been previously well-recognised, including:

  • Shayanti Mukherjee, Ph.D, Hudson Institute of Medical Research, won the 2021 engineering award for their work on advancing urogynaecological health using nanotechnology and 3D cellular bioprinting, helping to address unmet medical needs of up to 50 percent of childbearing women worldwide.
  • Veronica Garcia-Hansen, Ph.D, Queensland University of Technology won the design award for their research in hospital lighting design to help improve health outcomes for patients and overall energy efficiency.
  • Gayathri Naidu, Ph.D, University of Technology, Sydney, won the technology award, for their work researching off-grid solar membrane water treatment, which has the potential to convert sea water to fresh water and contribute to reducing carbon emissions.

The 2023 Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award is open for nominations until 30 September 2022.