More than 1,900 female leaders in the public and private sector applied for the scholarships, awarded by the Australian Government and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
The scholarships provide recipients with professional development opportunities in leadership and company board representation.
Women comprise 45 per cent of the Australian workforce, hold only 8.4 per cent of board directorships and 10.6 per cent of positions on Australian Stock Exchange top 200 Boards.
The University of Newcastle was named an Employer of Choice for Women in 2010 and 2009. Women make up approximately 60 per cent of the University’s workforce, which is higher than the sector average of 53 per cent. Women hold more than one-third of senior management roles and 44 per cent of academic staff are female.
Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) Director, Professor Maree Gleeson, also received the Scholarship. HMRI is a partnership between the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Health and the Community.