The Anita Borg Award

This award is for students who have completed two years full time study at CSE and who have made a contribution to society in terms of the benefits of computing for women, and who have good academic results. The award was established in the memory of Anita Borg by Gernot Heiser and Trudy Weibel in recognition of her work and contribution to women in computing and to UNSW.  

Dr Anita Borg founded The Institute for Women and Technology in 1997 with a special vision to change the world for women and for technology. Its mission is to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology and to increase the positive impact of technology on the lives of the world's women.

In 1999, Anita Borg visited UNSW and conducted a workshop in science and technology for primary school girls. It was the first workshop of its kind for this audience. 

Anita Borg died at the age of 54 in April 2003 of brain cancer.

Prize Details:

CSE students and staff may nominate a CSE student for this Award. Students may also self-nominate and staff are encouraged to nominate students.

Deadline: 28 February 2020

Prize amount: $2000

Send your application to Emma Pambos via email.


To be eligible for the Award students must have completed two years full time study at CSE by the end of the year prior to the closing date, undergraduate or postgraduate, in any Program offered by the School of Computer Science and Engineering including Dual Programs.  International students are welcome to apply as well.

Selection Criteria

The annual award is to be awarded on the following basis:

1. Contribution to the promotion or enhancement of the benefits of computing to society, including encouraging or facilitating the participation of women in computing

2. Meritorious academic performance, including outstanding performance in the field of computing

 Application Requirements

Applicants should submit a one-page document detailing how they meet the selection criteria, especially the first part. In the application, include the applicant’s student number and full name.