The  University of Queensland Strategic Plan 2014-2017 outlines that it will strive to support the career progression of women, with a particular focus on the career progressions of academic women.

Gender equity is achieved when people of all genders are able to access and enjoy the same rewards, resources and opportunities. Research has shown that for a number of reasons women often experience barriers or challenges in accessing these same rewards, resources and opportunities in employment. The University is committed to providing specific support programs to address and remove these barriers.

The University of Queensland is committed to achieving gender equity in the workplace, and has designed the following programs to help provide equal access to rewards, resources and opportunities for career progression and growth for staff of all genders at UQ. A number of programs exist, targeting the multifacted aspects of gender equity.

More information on some UQ programs designed to promote gender equity in the workplace are listed below, or can be seen in the sidebar pannel. For information about these or other gender equity programs of the University, such as the Breastfeeding Network, please contact Workplace Diversity and Inclusion.

Programs for Gender Equity section

2017 UQ Development Fellowships Advancing Female Academics

UQ Development Fellowships Advancing Female Academics

The University of Queensland Development Fellowships aim to foster the development of the most promising early career researchers and retain mid-career and senior academic staff of exceptional calibre at the University. By investing in the best and brightest talent across all career levels, the UQ Development Fellowships facilitate a trajectory of continued excellence and impact in research, teaching and service at UQ. In doing so, the fellowships advance UQ’s strategic objectives in the pillars of DiscoveryLearning and Engagement and develop elite professionals who create change in society in multi-dimensional ways.

The UQ Development Fellowships will support UQ’s strategic objective to promote the career advancement of women in academia. All female applicants qualify under the strategic objective of Advancing Female Academics. The UQ Development Fellowships will use a centrally defined target in the order of 40% of awards for female academics, provided an adequate number of quality applications are received. In keeping with this objective, Faculties and Institutes should endeavour to provide pipelines of applications for central consideration that are appropriately gender balanced. 

For more information please refer to the Research and Innovation website.

Advancing Queensland Women's Academic Fund

Advancing Queensland Women's Academic Fund

Funding is available to support the work of female researchers within Queensland based universities and Queensland’s publicly funded research institutes/organisations:

  • up to $25,000 for maternity funding (excluding GST)
  • up to $1000 for carer funding (excluding GST)
  • up to $2000 for lecture funding (excluding GST).
Maternity funding can fund another researcher, or a research/laboratory assistant to progress research whilst the primary researcher is on maternity leave, or to assist the primary researcher following maternity leave.
Carer funding can cover any out-of-pocket childcare or respite care costs incurred while the researcher is presenting at a national/international conference, or sitting on a professional research committee.
Lecture funding can cover the costs of delivering conferences, lectures or presentations that highlight the work of leading female researchers.
More information about this program can be found on the UQ Research Management page here.
Career Advancement for Senior Academic Women

Career Advancement for Senior Academic Women

The role of Professor at The University of Queensland (UQ) signifies an international reputation for academic excellence and leadership and a promise for significant future leadership. The University requires its Professors to demonstrate outstanding achievement in their field, to be internationally recognised for their contribution and to increase their leadership role within and outside the University through constructive influence. Unfortunately, women hold less than 29% of UQ professorial positions. This program is designed to assist high calibre academic women bridge the gap.

The program is proudly sponsored by Professor Max Lu, Provost and Senior Vice President.

The program aims to:

  • Broaden participants' understanding of leadership in a global academic context
  • Leverage off existing leadership strengths to build great capacity to lead strategically
  • increase knowledge of the university professorial promotion process;
  • Facilitate engagement with both internal and external leaders
  • Provide a gender frame of reference to academic leadership

Benefits for participants:

  • Individualised career planning
  • Presentations by key University leaders and other global leaders from the academic, business and community sectors
  • International reputation building
  • Leadership development building skills in strategic thinking, influencing, dealing with complexity, increasing personal impact and resilience

For more information please see here: or contact Jen Witheriff or the Organisational Development team, HR Division.

Career and Personal Development For Professional Women

Career and Personal Development For Professional Women


The Career and Personal Development for Professional Women program aims to provide women employed by UQ at Hew levels 1-8 (including research-only) with an opportunity to develop their personal skills to assist their career growth. The program objectives are:

  1. Provide participants with the personal skills to develop an authentic personal and professional brand to assist in their career growth and progression.
  2. Develop and build on participants CV, provide skills and techniques for addressing selection criteria and performing well in interviews.
  3. Develop goal setting and career planning techniques for participants to develop a career strategy.
  4. Provide techniques for effective communication and establishing assertiveness to improve participant’s presentation and negotiation skills.
  5. Develop peer-mentoring and supervisor-mentoring to provide a support network for participants for their growing career.

The program is delivered over six non-consecutive half day sessions over a period of 4-6 months. It is a requirement of the program that participants attend all six sessions.

The program is facilitated by Ms Denise Carew, who has decades of experience and expertise in career and personal development. Denise will guide participants through the six sessions, taking you on a journey of self-development and expanding the potential for your career growth.

Each session will cover a different theme. These are:

  1. Self-awareness: getting to know yourself (and how great it is that we're all different)
  2. The brand YOU: defining and displaying your personal and professional brand
  3. Career strategy and goal setting: decide where you want to go and how you'll get there
  4. Communicating with influence, credibility and confidence: explore and enhance your communication style
  5. The resilient and confident you: taking care of yourself, managing your energy, and coping with challenges
  6. Presenting yourself: influencing how you're perceived in person, in a CV and at interview.

There will be activities and work to be completed in between each session, as each session builds on the next. You will need to be prepared to complete this work in between sessions in order to be successful in the program.

The 2017 dates of the program are:

  • Day 1/6 - Friday - 3 March 17 - 9am to 1pm
  • Day 2/6 - Friday - 31 March 17 - 9am to 1pm
  • Day 3/6 - Friday - 28 April 17 - 9am to 1pm
  • Day 4/6 - Friday - 19 May 17 - 9am to 1pm
  • Day 5/6 - Friday - 16 June 17 - 9am to 1pm
  • Day 6/6 - Friday - 14 July 17 - 9am to 1pm

‚ÄčThis program is designed to provide support, skills and knowledge to participants to assist in their personal and career development. To apply for this program please complete the application form here: 2017 Application Form. Once completed by yourself and your supervisor, please send via emial to Ms Jordan Tredinnick, Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Consultant by 17th Feburary 2017


Your application to this program does not guarantee your position in the program as places are limited. The panel will consider your responses to these questions, your availability AND your supervisor’s support to select suitable participants.

Women from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and women with a disability are encouraged to apply and will be given priority.


Promoting Women Fellowships

Promoting Women Fellowships


The Promoting Women Fellowships (PWF) aim to support the increase of the percentage of women at Senior Lecturer level and above, and to facilitate the career progression of academic women.

The PWF are intended to provide relief from teaching and administrative or other duties, giving the successful applicants an opportunity to complete research and/or publications, and/or to demonstrate leadership through undertaking a special project or program of work, so they are appropriately prepared in their application for promotion. 

The PWF is a partnership arrangement between the University Staff Development Program and the Fellow’s organisational unit. The Fellowship is designed to strengthen the Fellow’s research profile or assist in developing and demonstrating leadership potential.

For information about how to apply, please refer to the Promoting Women Fellowships Guidelines.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, in the meantime, please contact the Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Consultant.

Applications are now closed.

Women in Engineering Program

Women in Engineering Program

The Women in Engineering Program is a university led, industry funded program aimed at inspiring the next generation of female engineers. This UQ program is the first of its kind in Australia.

The program is committed to enriching the engineering industry by providing a more equitable balance of outstanding engineers. The program goals are to increase the UQ undergraduate engineering female enrolment from its current 20 per cent to 30 per cent by 2023, and to cement UQ’s position as the university of choice for women studying engineering in Australia.

For more information about this program please see the Women in Engineering website.