Mentoring Program

The STEM Sisters Mentoring Program provides Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) STEM women student mentees with the opportunity to increase their understanding of the industry sector, strengthen their skills to be successful within any of STEM industries and extend their professional network.

Customised matches of mentors and mentees will be based on areas of interest and career goals, with the opportunity to gain some valuable experience and insight into overcoming challenges and barriers that might affect young mentees. Mentors have the opportunity to give back to the industry, share their experience and support fantastic young engineers early in their careers.

After a successful mentoring program for CALD STEM women, student mentees and STEM women migrants in 2020. We hope to increase mentor-mentee participation and engagement and develop an online web platform to revamp our Mentoring program.

WHY STEM Sisters Mentoring Program?

The STEM Sisters Mentoring programme will empower CALD STEM women who face challenges due to gender and racial discrimination in the STEM sector. According to Chief Scientist report 2020, overseas born women have a high unemployability rate (14.1%) in the Australian STEM sector compared to their male counterparts (5.6%) and Australian born women (3.1%). The main reason behind this inequality and discrimination is the cultural barrier that leads to a communication gap, the absence of leadership training, and lack of confidence. By providing the essential skills training, we will be able to address the international females’ immediate needs, which will help build their confidence and provide an insight into the Australian STEM workforce.


  • A final year undergraduate or postgraduate STEM Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) STEM women student, OR
  • A STEM qualified recent migrant OR recently graduated CALD STEM women student, OR
  • CALD early-career STEM professional OR returner seeking further career guidance.
  • A commitment to the mentoring process.
  • Preparedness to maintain confidentiality
    regarding discussions with mentor.


  • More than three years working in Australian STEM industry.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication
  • Access to a network of appropriate
    referrals and/or contacts.
  • A commitment to the mentoring process.
  • Preparedness to maintain confidentiality
    regarding discussions with mentee.

Impact Stories

Our Mentees are from the following University Partners

cq uni
Deakin University (PRNewsfoto/Deakin University)

Our Mentors represent the following University Partners


Acknowledgment of Country

STEM Sisters, recognises and respects the Ancestors, Elders and families of the Boonwurrung, Wadawurrung and Wurundjeri of the Kulin who are the traditional owners of  land in Victoria.

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