Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN) and RMIT Cyber Security Transition Scholarship for Business Professionals

For current or future Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN) members who identify as a woman, that are seeking to upskill or reskill to transition into a career in cyber security; worth full tuition fees and Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF) paid.

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Applications are now open

A unique opportunity for business professionals to upskill in cyber security governance and risk management.

This scholarship provides tuition fees (up to $1,650) and Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF) paid for the specified microcredential. 

Five scholarships available.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or a permanent humanitarian visa holder 
  • identify as a woman
  • meet the microcredential admission criteria: 
    • successfully completed an Australian bachelor's degree (or equivalent), or higher level qualification, in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 1.0 (out of 4.0); or
    • an Australian bachelor's degree or equivalent, or higher level qualification, in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution and a GMAT overall minimum score of 550; or
    • minimum of 5 years full-time equivalent work experience
  • be enrolled by 2 August 2024 in the Cyber Security Foundations for Business Professionals microcredential commencing on 22 July 2024

Complete the online application by the close date. Partial applications will not be assessed. 

Supporting documentation

Depending on your circumstances, you will need to provide different types of evidence and material to support your scholarship application. Applications without supporting documents will not be considered.

Application questions

It is expected that the online application will take approximately thirty minutes to complete. The main application questions are listed below to allow you time to prepare your answers prior to starting the online application.

  • What is your current field of work and position title?
  • What fields within cyber security are you interested in and why?
  • Please provide a written statement of between 500 to 2,000 characters addressing how studying this micro-credential will assist you in achieving your career aspirations. 
  • What current challenges do you face in committing to studying and how will this scholarship help you to overcome this?


Applications are now open.

Applications close 11:59PM Sunday 14 July 2024. No late applications will be accepted.

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s terms and conditions (PDF, 698KB).

Specific terms and conditions for successful recipients include:

  • Participation in promoting the microcredential to future students

The global demand for cyber security professionals is high, with a significant shortage of skilled workers in Australia, making cyber security skills vital for national security. To address this, the Cyber Security Foundations for Business Professionals micro-credential offers a focused and efficient way for business professionals to acquire essential cyber security knowledge. This short-term upskilling and reskilling opportunity is ideal for busy individuals seeking practical insights without the commitment of lengthy study periods. The micro-credential targets critical roles in cyber governance, risk assessment, and compliance, enabling professionals to contribute to organisational security.

The learning approach emphasises practical, hands-on, real-world applications that are directly relevant to job roles, introducing new disciplines or enhancing existing skills. Completing the micro-credential also provides a pathway to further education, with recognition of credit equivalence allowing a seamless transition to postgraduate qualifications. The Cyber Security Foundations for Business Professionals micro-credential offers a practical, efficient pathway for career growth in the dynamic field of cyber security.

The Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN) is a not-for-profit association and network of people aimed at educating women and girls on security and increasing the number of women in the security community. We support, inspire and act as role models. We connect women in the industry and those looking to enter the field with the tools, knowledge, network and platforms needed to build confidence and interest.

The AWSN scholarship supports our mission to increase the representation of women in the cyber security sector. The AWSN Cyber Security Foundations Scholarship will support five students who identify as a woman to complete the Cyber Security Foundations for Business Professionals micro-credential in 2024.

Find out how to contact the Coursework Scholarships Office.

Notice to applicants

The scholarship application process is highly competitive with a limited number of scholarships available. Unfortunately, not all eligible applicants will receive one.

Only successful candidates will be notified via email to their RMIT student account.

For information about other financial assistance available to RMIT students, please speak to one of our Student Welfare Advisors.

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