The WILD Program is committed to fostering an inclusive and respectful leadership program for women in STEM.

We welcome and encourage applications from leaders (individuals who identify as women) in STEM with diverse lived experiences including those living with disability and neurodiversity, those living in rural and regional locations, those of culturally diverse backgrounds and of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage.


The WILD Program accepts applications from women leaders that are:

  • Currently employed in a non-academic position relating to science and health sciences, technology, engineering or mathematics (e.g. working for a company, not-for-profit, government agency, consultancy, startup etc); and
  • Have a minimum three years of non-academic professional experience in a STEM-related field; and
  • Have postgraduate qualifications (or equivalent experience) in either science or health sciences, technology, engineering or mathematics


If accepted into the Program, you will be required to:

  • Be based in Australia for the duration of the Program
  • Commit to attending all aspects of the Program, including the travel expenses to attend the Leadership Retreat (border restrictions permitting)
  • Commit to finding a suitable board for the board observership (more information about board observership will be provided soon)
  • Demonstrate your employer is supportive of your participation in the Program (where applicable)
  • Consent to your photograph and short bio being used for promotional purposes




Selection Process & Guidelines

Candidates will be required to submit their application as well as a two-page CV, a short video and a letter of support from their employer via an online application process. 

The selection panel will assess applications based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of previous leadership, achievements and contributions within the applicant’s field of expertise (subject to opportunity)
  • Explanation of how the WILD Program will help the applicant overcome barriers to achieving applicants future career goals and progression 
  • Demonstration that the applicant has attained a leadership and/or board position or is on the cusp of doing so  
  • Demonstration that the applicant has significant skills, knowledge and insights to contribute to Australia’s STEM sector in a key leadership or decision-making role  
  • Potential contributions by the applicant to the WILD cohort in 2022 and beyond 


    Judging will be focused on potential impact rather than seniority or scale of experience. 

    Candidate assessment is based on the quality of the application and the dynamic of the cohort as a whole. All decisions on eligibility and shortlisting are final, and at the discretion of the WILD Program Advisory Committee.

    Application Instructions

    Applications have now closed for WILD 2022. Instructions for WILD 2023 applications coming soon.

    “The WILD Program came along at the perfect time in my career. It was an intensely rewarding experience that gave me extra confidence in skills I’d already been exercising in my role leading a commercial laboratory. The added bonus has been the creation of a close-knit group of women that are wonderful at sharing their expertise and amazing skill sets”


    Dr Catherine Osborne CEO, Crux Biolabs