Women in Circular Economy Leadership Scholarship

Green Industries SA Women in Circular Economy Leadership Scholarship recognises the contribution of emerging and established women leaders making a positive contribution to South Australia's waste and resource recovery industry and related areas such as the Circular Economy. South Australian women are invited to undertake a project which will create new ideas and innovation to assist the state to maintain its reputation as a leader in the waste sector.

 This scholarship is in memory of Pam Keating, a noted environmentalist and waste management expert who passionately believed in the importance of reducing waste and its impact on the environment.

Aim of the scholarship

The aim of the Green Industries SA Women in Circular Economy Leadership Scholarship is to provide an opportunity for a South Australian woman who is an emerging or established leader working in the area of waste and resource recovery or related areas such as the Circular Economy to pursue an investigative project of a kind that is not readily available in South Australia.
No prescribed qualifications are required and the subject of the proposed project is limited to benefiting the waste industry and/or the waste management practices of a business or industry organisation in South Australia. Merit of the proposed project is a key factor and a desire to share the project's findings in South Australia and nationally.


To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian Citizen over the age of 18
  • live and work in South Australia
  • have experience in and commitment to the waste and resource recovery industry
  • not be enrolled in tertiary studies directly related to the topic of your proposed project
  • have a short project that requires interstate or overseas investigation
  • be willing to disseminate the results of your findings
  • have evidence from your employer confirming that they will provide matched funding to support your project.
  • if the applicant is a sole business operator advise the extent to which a financial contribution can be made to offset the research program’s costs.  

Employees, contractors and consultants from the South Australian Government are eligible to nominate.

Selection process 

A judging panel will consider all nominations for the scholarship. Based on the initial assessment applicants may be contacted for further information. The panel may elect not to select a recipient of the scholarship. The decision of the panel is final and no appeals will be accepted. 

Scholarship presentation  

The scholarship is normally presented to the winner at an event to be confirmed in the second half of each year.


In addition to the cash contribution, emerging leaders will be offered an opportunity for mentoring by an experienced women executive leader in the waste/resource recovery sector.

Conditions of scholarship

Funds must be expended in the financial year of the scholarship and are to be used for travel, accommodation and conference attendance costs all of which are arranged by the successful nominee.

The scholarship is subject to the successful nominee agreeing to be bound by the conditions set out in a letter of acceptance document signed between Green Industries SA and the nominee.

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