Supporting more women into STEM careers: Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) National Research Internships Program (NRIP)

The Australian Government is providing $28.2 million over four years (from 2016-17 to 2019-20) to the NRIP, expanding the existing Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) PhD internships program to a nationally-scaled program. The NRIP objectives are to:

  • support 1400 new industry-based internships for PhD researchers, with a focus on supporting more women in science, technology, engineering, or mathematical (STEM) disciplines
  • provide PhD students with the opportunity to work with an industry partner on a research project and apply their knowledge in the workforce
  • encourage greater collaboration between industry and universities

This commitment supports the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) and the Government’s response to the Review of Research Policy and Funding Arrangements (Watt Review) and the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) Review of Australia’s Research Training System.

The program will support industry−based training for PhD students in all Australian universities to increase their employment opportunities, in particular for women in STEM fields. The program will also promote collaboration between universities and industry by providing PhD researchers the opportunities to gain the skills required by industry. Developing researchers’ work level skills and job readiness increases the career path diversity necessary to drive greater innovation and productivity in the economy.