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2021 AIS Talent Program

Ground-breaking performance leadership programs for high performance women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM).

Women with a STEMM focus in High Performance Sport are invited to participate in ground-breaking performance leadership programs, with the overall purpose of increasing depth, diversity and representation of women in Australian sport.

In 2021, the Talent Program will be offered to women in STEMM professions, in partnership with the Office for Women and Sport Australia. In the high performance (HP) sport system, this includes, but is not limited to: sports medicine, physiotherapy, psychology, nutrition, strength and conditioning, physiology, biomechanics, skill acquisition, performance analysis, performance data analytics, engineering etc.

This program will not only meet the needs of the Australian High Performance (HP) sports system to increase the depth of diversity of its workforce but also aligns with the Federal Government’s “Advancing Women in STEM” strategy.

Applications are now closed

Applications will be open from Thursday 11 March – Friday 26 March 2021.

For further information please contact:

The key objectives of the Talent Program are to:

Provide opportunities and remove barriers for personal and professional development.

Support and advance women in STEMM leadership roles in Australian sport.

Support, retain and progress talented women in STEMM that can challenge the status quo and increase diversity in sport.

Program Content

The program will cover areas such as leadership presence, professional networking and understanding barriers. It will be designed to deliver transformational leadership skills for women in STEMM who are ready to progress to their next leadership position in Australian sport. The sessions will include opportunities for women in STEMM to:

  • Name, claim and leverage key strengths.
  • Consciously develop presence to influence change.
  • Make sense of how experiences have shaped them and who they become.
  • Develop strategies that enable them to be more fully seen and understood.
  • Explore and develop their relationship system to enable more conscious connections.

The program will be delivered via three learning modules in April, June and September. Two modules will be held face to face and the one will be online.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the program, participants will need to be:

  • aged 18+
  • An Australian citizen or have been granted permanent residence status
  • Engaged by a National Sporting Organisation (NSO), National Institute Network (NIN) member or Games Delivery Partner (noting that clinical professions are often engaged as sole traders / consultants)
  • Engaged in a Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths or Medicine (STEMM) role or has a STEMM background and is currently managing/overseeing STEMM personnel (employees, contractors, or delivery network)
  • Engaged a minimum of 0.4FTE or equivalent with a recognised funded sporting organisation.

Participants need to:

  • Identify a sponsor currently employed within the HP sports system to support the application. A sponsor is someone more senior who can influence and advocate on behalf of the applicant.
  • Not be employed by Sport Australia or the AIS when applying for the program.

Application Process

Applications closed on Friday 26 March 2021.

For further information please contact:

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