The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) is offering a $10,000 scholarship to support women studying science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) at New Zealand tertiary institutions.

GCSB Director, Andrew Hampton announced the scholarship on Saturday, 15 July 2017, at the Waikato University Cyber Security Challenge.

The scholarship is part of the Bureau's plan to develop a more diverse workforce, particularly in more technical areas. The aim is to proactively encourage more women with STEM qualifications and experience into the broad range of roles the bureau has available.

The $10,000 tertiary scholarship is for female students in their second year of study and above taking a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) tertiary qualification.

The Bureau has roles for computer engineers, cyptological engineers, data scientists, research and development engineers, cryptanalysts, systems engineers, web architects, cyber security analysts and whole range of other specialists.

The scholarship is open to all female New Zealanders and permanent residents, aged 18 or above at the time of application, intending to take a course of study in any of the STEM subjects at a New Zealand tertiary Institution. 

The limitation to New Zealand students is in part to ensure there is a potential pathway for recipients of the scholarship to become part of the our workforce – being a New Zealander or a permanent resident is one of our requirements for employment, as is a comprehensive security vetting check.

More information about the scholarship and online application is available at beyond ordinary (external link)  GCSB Tertiary Scholarship.

Download the application form [PDF, 1.9 MB] and scholarship brochure [PDF, 2.2 MB] .