Area 3 Director, Faith O’Brien with the Zonta Club of Perth inaugural winner of the Woman in Technology Award 2019 – Shakila Rathnayake. Shakila is pursuing a Master of Science in Geospatial Science and is already active in the field. 

Are you a woman who is studying or already in the field pursuing the continued advancement in the field of Technology?

The world economy, industry and sciences are becoming increasingly digitised, and these developments are disrupting society and familiar social processes. Women, however, are still largely underrepresented in technology and other STEM fields. To create a world in which men and women have equal opportunities, women need to have an active role in technology and technological developments.

In 2019, Zonta International piloted a new International Women in Technology Scholarship to encourage women to pursue education, career opportunities and leadership roles in technology. The Scholarship proved very popular around the world.

From 2021, a total of 20 scholarships will be available around the world each valued at US$8,0000.

Applications are made directly to Zonta International.  The closing date for the 2021 Scholarship is 15 October 2021.


Women of any age and nationality, pursuing an information technology (IT) degree at an accredited university/college/institute, who demonstrate an outstanding academic record during their academic studies, including information technology subjects. Demonstrated initiative, ambition and commitment to pursuing a career in information technology. Online students are also eligible to apply if enrolled at an accredited university/college/institute.

Students must be enrolled in at least the second year of an undergraduate program through to the final year of a post graduate program at the time the application is submitted. Applicants must be in school at the time the scholarship funds are disbursed and must not graduate before April 2022. Zonta International Women in Information Technology Scholarship recipients may not apply to renew the Scholarship for a second year.

Golden Z club members may apply.