Global female scholars award opens for 2022


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

The $150,000 award sponsors women at critical points in their 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, is working as an assistant professor (or global equivalent faculty position) and who is not yet tenured at an accredited university, institution or design school.

Australia’s leading scientists have been previously well-recognised, with three winners in the past two years.

Dr Shayanti Mukherjee, PhD, 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 the unmet medical needs of up to 50 per cent of childbearing women worldwide.

Veronica Garcia-Hansen, PhD, Queensland University of Technology won the 2020 design award for their research in hospital lighting design to help improve health outcomes for patients and overall energy efficiency.

Dr Gayathri Naidu, PhD, University of Technology, Sydney, won the 2020 technology award, for their work researching off-grid solar membrane water treatment, which has the potential to convert seawater to fresh water and contribute to reducing carbon emissions.

The 2022 Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award is open for nominations until 27 September 2021.