Diversity and Inclusion at SMI


SMI has established a Diversity and Inclusion committee, with the aim of developing initiatives to address any imbalance in diversity across the Institute. 


The University of Queensland values the strength that diversity and inclusion brings to the University.

By practising the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion at SMI, we seek to create a vibrant and inclusive environment that allows ideas to flourish, people to be empowered and our community to grow.

The diversity of our staff and student populations contributes to innovation and excellence in our research, teaching and learning endeavours, and marks UQ as an internationally leading institution. 

Committee Members

There are a number of Programs and Schemes available to assist researchers and HDR students to further their careers: 


UQ Early Career Academic Support Program

The Early-Career Academic Development Program is designed to help you transition from being a leading academic to an academic leader and is specifically targeted at Level A or B staff who are in approximately their first 5 years of employment after completing a PhD.

Application details   Scholarship information

UQ Career Progression for Women Program (CPW)

This program is designed for academic women at Level C who are actively pursuing career development within UQ. It provides participants with the opportunity for both personal and professional growth and helps them to clarify and pursue their career goals in an academic environment.

Application Form  Program Information

UQ Career Advancement for Senior Academic Women

The role of Professor at UQ indicates an international reputation for academic excellence and leadership.  

The program is designed for academic women at Level D who are:

Application details   Scholarship information

UQ Promoting Women Fellowships (PFW)

The Promoting Women Fellowship aims to:

  • enhance the promotion prospects of academic women
  • support UQ’s larger strategy to address women’s historical under-representation in senior academic roles.

Application Guidlines   Fellowship Information

Discover Indigenous Scheme (Government scheme)

Discovery Indigenous scheme provides funding to support research programs led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers and build research capacity of higher degree research and early career researchers.

Grants from the ARC are made to organisations, not individual researchers or research teams.

Application details   Scholarship information

Queensland International Student Advisory Panel (QISAP)

The Queensland International Student Advisory Panel (QISAP) is an initiative under the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland. QISAP gives students a voice in the implementation of the strategy.

QISAP membership is selected at the start of each year and is comprised of international students representing different nationalities, gender, levels of study, and regions of Queensland to harness the diversity of the international student voice. QISAP advises Study Queensland on key issues international students face living and studying in Queensland and also co- designs the International Student Leadership Forum (ISLF) and the International Students Meet Parliament (ISMP) events held each year.


Women's Research Assistance Program (WRAP) (Government scheme)

This scholarship is to support female scientists to maintain their research, while on maternity or adoption leave.  Funding of up to $26,000 (excluding GST) is available for eligible organisations, to contribute to employing a researcher or research/laboratory assistant to help maintain research progress during or immediately following a maternity break.

Application details   Scholarship information

UQ Business School Professional Short Courses

Transform your thinking with professional short courses, graduate study options and custom learning solutions, designed to arm you with the essential skills to stay relevant in our ever-evolving world.

Application details   Course information