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GCSB Women in STEM Scholarship

The GCSB - Government Communications Security Bureau Women in STEM scholarship is aimed at second-year tertiary students and above (including Honours and Masters) who intend to take a full-time course of study in computer science, cyber security, technology, mathematics, computer engineering and/ or data science at any New Zealand tertiary institution. 

2023 sees the scholarship in its seventh year, with a number of previous scholarship applicants also being subsequently appointed to the graduate programme. To keep New Zealand safe we need people who are skilled and knowledgeable in cyber security, technology, mathematics, computing engineering, and computer science.   

Award value: $10,000 Number available: 4
Provider: GCSB
Contact: For all general enquiries email:

Applications for 2023 are closed

Open 1 July 2023 | Closes  1 October 2023

The value of this award is $10,000, which can be spread over three years depending on your study plans. Note, no more than $5,000 will be allocated in any one year. 


To be eligible, you must:

  • be a student over the age of 18 years who identifies as female
  • be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • be in your second, or subsequent year of full time tertiary study (including Honours and Masters students)
  • have enrolled, or been accepted into a full time degree majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) at an approved NZQA accredited tertiary provider in New Zealand for the next academic year. Note: the STEM disciplines GCSB are interested in include computer science, cyber security, technology, mathematics, computer engineering, and data science

Applicants should demonstrate 

  • proven leadership qualities and/or experience
  • voluntary work (including coaching and mentoring)
  • commitment to pursuing a STEM career
  • clear understanding of the importance of STEM for New Zealand
  • academic achievement and excellence.

Successful scholarship winners will be notified in November 2023.

For more information and to complete an application form, visit the GCSB website.

Click to download a Women in STEM brochure.