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Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions

The Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions provides funds to sponsor young Australians to take part in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) events.

Close date: 29 Apr 2021 05:00 PM AEST.
Application detail:

Applications can be submitted until the available funding for this grant opportunity is fully subscribed, or by 29 April 2021, whichever occurs earlier.

What do you get?

$1500 to $20,000 to sponsor eligible Australian students under the age of 18.

Who is this for?

Schools and incorporated organisations.


This grant opportunity provides organisations, such as schools and community groups, funds to help young Australians to take part in: 

  • in-person and virtual STEM engagement events, activities and competitions in Australia and New Zealand (where permitted by COVID-19 restrictions)
  • virtual STEM engagement events, activities and competitions activities and competitions overseas (student/s to participate remotely from Australia).

For this grant opportunity, $1.6 million is available each year.

The grant is for up to 100% of eligible project costs. 

  • The minimum grant amount is $1500.
  • The maximum grant amount is $20,000.

The greatest grant amount per student is:

  • $2000 for STEM events or activities within Australia
  • $5000 for international STEM events or activities.

This grant is part of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme.


What are the eligibility criteria?

A sponsor organisation must apply on behalf of a student or group of students.

To be eligible you must have an Australian business number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:

  • a primary or secondary school, registered with a state or territory authority
  • an incorporated not-for-profit organisation
  • an entity incorporated in Australia and
  • be able to enter into a grant agreement in your own right or through an affiliated entity.

Government schools in New South Wales (NSW), South Australia (SA), Tasmania (TAS) and Western Australia (WA) are not legal entities in their own right. You must include your relevant state or territory education department’s ABN as Collaborator in your application in order to enter into a grant agreement.

Non-government schools including catholic organisations that are unincorporated entities must apply through a related incorporated entity in order to enter into a grant agreement.

Your organisation must apply on behalf of a student or group of students under 18 years old (at the time of application) to attend a specific STEM activity.

You’ll need confirmation from your managing board, school principal or chief executive officer (or equivalent) that your organisation:

  • supports the student/s attendance at the STEM activity
  • can meet any costs of student participation not covered by the grant
  • expects the student to attend the STEM activity if you get the grant
  • ensure that the event, activity or competition to be attended by the students will adhere to COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time.

We can't waive the eligibility criteria under any circumstances.

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How do you apply?

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply.

To apply you must submit your application through the online portal. You’ll need to set up an account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.

Apply for a sponsorship grant

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read the guidelines and sample grant agreement
  • provide all the information requested
  • include all necessary attachments
  • set up an account through the online portal.

Need help?

  • Contact us for help with your application or to find out more.

  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme

This program aims to:

  • engage the wider Australian community with the sciences, including through major activities like National Science Week
  • support public recognition, national awareness and pride in our best scientists and innovators
  • effectively communicate key science issues, between scientists, the general public and Australian decision makers in business and government
  • build skills and capability in STEM and digital literacy, in Australian schools and communities

Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

Factsheet - How to Apply

Sample application form

Sample grant agreement