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Take your career to the next level in the POWER industry by strengthening your capability to make valuable contributions in the sector and improve your effectiveness and competitiveness in a transformative industry. 

The POWERful Women Leadership Program (PWLP) is a unique new power sector-oriented program that will develop the next generation of female leaders for the Australian power sector.

The Powerful Women program has two streams each year - the Professional stream for ~25 experienced women in technically oriented roles in the power sector, and the Early Career stream for 50+ undergraduates and graduates.

PWLP Scholarship update (18 October 2022): we have now closed applications for the graduate and professional scholarships for the PWLP program for 2023, but applications for these pathways are still accepted (without the support of a scholarship). 


Undergraduates: $50,000 in scholarships (20x scholarships) are still available for the Early Career stream. 

These scholarships cover the FULL cost of the program and include up to $300 for travel to the live residential retreat component of the program (in Sydney in May 2023).

We invite eligible undergraduates to apply now for the PWLP Early Career program scholarships - we will be evaluating and allocating scholarships as eligible applications are received and will close of the applications when all the scholarships are allocated. Check out the blog post here with more details. 

How to join the Powerful Women Early Career program?

If you are:

  • a female university student studying towards a career in the power industry; or

  • a graduate in the first 5 years of a technically oriented role;

we encourage you to apply for the Early Career Stream in 2023.

The PWLP will develop the leadership capabilities and skills of 70+ women in the power sector each year through strengthening their understanding of the strategic technical and market issues and leadership challenges associated with transforming the infrastructure and organisations in the sector.

This PWLP program builds on the highly regarded ‘API Summer School’: a 2- week residential technical leadership development program. Professional program participants participate in the full Summer School and extra activities, and Early Career stream participants have a separate program that links to the final days of the Summer School.

How to join the Powerful Women Professional program?

If you are an experienced female professional in a technically oriented role in the power sector we encourage you to apply for the Professional Stream in 2023.

Supported by the API's member organisations and the Australian Government's Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, over $300K+ will be invested each year in activities for the Powerful Women participants including part and full scholarships to support participation in the program, mentoring, networking, and career and technical leadership development activities.


Applicants who are accepted into the program will be invited to pay the registration* fees. 

Registration costs are detailed in the flyer for each stream:

- API Powerful Women Professional Program Flyer 2023

- API Powerful Women Early Career Program Flyer 2023

Registration* in the Powerful Women Professional program includes full registration to the API Summer School (including all accommodation and meals) and additional online Powerful Women program activities.

*Registration excludes travel costs. Costs include GST.

Discounts apply for staff from API member organisations in recognition of your organisation's other contributions to the operations of the API and Summer School.

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