Welcome to the Canberra Women in Economics Student Mentoring Program

Are you a woman studying economics and wondering where it could take you?

 Are you not quite sure what an economist does from one day to the next?

 Do you want to have access to some of the most talented women in economics in Canberra?

 Applications for the mentoring program are now open.


About the Program

The Women in Economics Network, along with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the ANU, has established a mentoring program for women enrolled in economics courses through the ANU Research School of Economics.

The program connects women enrolled in first or second year economics courses with inspiring professional female economists from a range of backgrounds across government, academia and the private sector. Our mentors are at the apex of economic research, policy making and advice in Australia.

Through meetings with their mentors, the program will provide students with an insight into the day to day life of an economist, the types of career options that are available and demonstrate just how powerful an economics degree can be.

The program has been developed in response to the decline in the number of women studying economics along with a lack of prominent female economists in the public eye. Mentoring programs have been shown to be successful for motivating and inspiring students, and for improving performance and retention rates.

The program is being run as a pilot with the aim of expanding it in the future. Therefore an important part of the program is that we will be evaluating its effectiveness. We will be asking for participants’ consent to assist with this.

The Mentors

Our mentors range from Deputy Secretaries of Australian Government Departments, to Analysts and Forecasters, Environmental Economists to Market Economists, Professors’ of Economics to Early Career Researchers. Find out more by browsing our mentors. 

How do I Apply?

Applications are now closed

The program is open to all women studying first or second year economics subjects at ANU.

Applications for the 2018/19 program are now closed.

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Women in Economics Network Mentoring Committee

Catie Bradbear (Chair), Rebecca Cassells, Scott Copely, Renee Fry-McKibbon, Harry Greenwell, Maria Racionero, Timothy Watson, with the assistance of Sara Edwards and Katherine Jeffries (Rapid Context).