Applications for the 2015 National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) International Women’s Day Scholarship is now open to women across Australia in the property and construction industry.

Funded by CULT Design, the $16,000 scholarship provides funding for a research paper that challenges existing industry thinking and outlines practical recommendations for the successful implementation of these ideas.

NAWIC has suggested that this year’s research projects focus on current gender equity initiatives, such as the Male Champions of Change Initiative, the 25 x 25 commitment promised at the G20 summit, WGEA Gender Pay Gap initiatives, or other gender diversity related topics.

Submitted research and recommendations will be presented at the NAWIC National Conference in Melbourne later this year. The winning paper will also be distributed to NAWIC’s corporate sponsors and partners, in hope that they will incorporate findings into their standard business practices.

The research is also intended to be introduced to the NAWIC Board.

“Nothing would be more rewarding, than to see the findings and recommendations made in this research, have a lasting, positive impact on gender diversity throughout the Australian construction and property industries,” says NAWIC CEO, Laurice Temple.

Last year’s scholarship was given to HASSELL researcher, Michaela Sheanan, whose paper examined how leading hospital precincts in the world are designing connections within and between institutions to enable collaboration, innovation and activity.

Applications close on 4pm, Friday 12 February 2015. Visit for more information or to apply for the International Women’s Day Scholarship.