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Pathways to Politics Program for Women

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at midnight 4 April 2017 (AEST).


Hello and welcome to the Pathways to Politics Program for Women application platform, powered by SmartyGrants.  

Please read information below to assist you in completing your application.

Also please note that this application includes some questions that require an extended response, in addition to uploading a short video and a letter from your employer (if you are working).  We also anticipate that the number of applications will be high during the final days of the application period.  We therefore highly recommend that you write and submit your application early.  

You may begin anywhere in this application form. Please ensure you save as you go.

For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the form, please contact Program Manager Stephanie Amir on (03) 9035 8541 during business hours Tuesday to Friday, or email and quote your application number.    

If you need more help using this form, download the Help Guide for Applicants or check out Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)



On every screen (page of the form) you will find a Form Navigation contents box, this links directly to every page of the application. Click the link to jump directly to the page you want.

You can also click 'next page' or 'previous page' on the top or bottom of each page to move forward or backward through the application.


If you wish to leave a partially completed application, press 'save' and log out. When you log back in and click on the 'My Submissions' link at the top of the screen, you will find a list of any applications you have started or submitted. You can reopen your draft application and start where you left off.

You can also download any application, whether draft or completed, as a PDF. Click on the 'Download' button located at the bottom of the last page of the application form.


You will find a Review and Submit button at the bottom of the Navigation Panel. You need to review your application before you can submit it.

Once you have reviewed your application you can submit it by clicking on 'Submit' at the top of the screen or on the navigation panel. You will not be able to submit your application until all the compulsory questions are completed.

Once you have submitted your application, no further editing or uploading of support materials is possible.

When you submit your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email with a copy of your submitted application attached. This will be sent to the email you used to register.

If you do not receive a confirmation of submission email then you should presume that your submission has NOT been submitted.


You will need to upload attachments to support your application. This is very simple, but requires you to have the documents saved on your computer, or on a storage device.

You need to allow enough time for each file to upload. Files can be up to 25MB each.


The program will accept up to 25 participants. Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens, an Australian permanent resident, or the holder of a permanent Humanitarian Visa, and have completed an:

  1. undergraduate degree at any university, and are currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral degree at the University of Melbourne; OR
  2. an undergraduate and/or a honours, masters or doctoral degree at the University of Melbourne

This program is designed specifically for women and is inclusive of anyone who identifies as a woman.  If you identify as having a non-binary gender and would like to apply, please contact the program manager to discuss your eligibility. 

Participants will be selected on a competitive basis.