STEM Cadetship disciplines

The Defence STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) Cadetship Program invites applications from students currently studying the below STEM disciplines.


Science STEM cadets apply their studies to projects which:

  • develop research to understand risks posed by chemical, biological and radiological threats and weapons of mass destruction
  • support Australia’s nuclear-powered submarines using computational physics and nuclear science studies
  • enhance the selection and training of ADF personnel using experience from psychological studies.

The science disciplines applicable to the STEM Cadetship include:

  • biological science
  • chemical science
  • computer science
  • environmental science
  • food science
  • materials science
  • nuclear science
  • physics
  • psychology and social science
  • radiological science
  • science communications
  • spatial science.


Technology STEM cadets work in a team with specialised systems and cutting-edge technology to:

  • support national intelligence capability
  • protect Australian information systems
  • provide imminent support to military operations
  • research, design, and build advanced technologies within:
    • cyber security
    • system engineering
    • cyber security
    • data mining or machine learning,
    • electronic warfare
    • space and satellite communication systems.

The technology disciplines applicable to the STEM Cadetship include:

  • computer systems
  • computer science
  • computing and cyber security
  • data science and data analysis
  • information technology
  • photography/imaging.


Engineering STEM cadets support Defence operations by:

  • advising on Defence acquisitions
  • applying technologies to sustain current capabilities
  • undertaking cutting-edge research to safeguard Australia's future national security.

Engineering STEM cadets will work on a range of platforms, including:

  • aircraft
  • ships and submarines
  • intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance technologies.

The engineering disciplines applicable to the STEM Cadetship include:

  • aerospace/aeronautical engineering
  • avionics engineering
  • biomedical
  • chemical engineering (including majors in armament)
  • civil/construction/structural engineering
  • communications/telecommunications engineering
  • electrical/electronic engineering
  • maritime engineering/marine engineering / naval architecture
  • mechanical engineering
  • mechatronic engineering, including robotics
  • nuclear engineering
  • radiation engineering
  • software engineering
  • space engineering/space systems
  • systems engineering.


Maths STEM cadets work across a spectrum of cutting-edge technologies to support Australia’s national interests including:

  • cyber security
  • software production
  • threat analysis
  • big data analysis
  • build solutions or complex models to enhance Defence’s decision-making.

Mathematics disciplines applicable to the STEM Cadetship include:

  • data science
  • mathematics
  • statistics.