Funding opportunities

Funding opportunities

This page is a collection of funding opportunities which I’ve come across, to support research scholarships, travel, visiting scholarship, conference organisation or attendance, etc, both to and from Australia. Information provided here does not imply endorsement of the respective schemes.

Postgraduate Scholarships

Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) for postgraduate research at Murdoch University: These scholarships are the primary form of postgraduate degree funding, providing tuition and living expenses (approx 26K$ per year tax free). Only Australian/New Zealand citizens and permanent residents are eligible. The application deadline is 31 October of each year. I’m happy to help with its preparation, please contact me early.

Postgraduate Research Scholarships for international applicants for PhD research at Murdoch University: This page contains some information about scholarships for international applicants, including the Australian Governments International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) and the Murdoch Postgraduate Scholarship. The application deadline is 30 September of each year. I’m happy to help with its preparation, please contact me early.

Andrew Forrest Scholarship and Fellowship Scheme: Funds scholarships and fellowships from funds provided by Andrew Forrest and Nicola Forrest through the Minderoo Foundation

Postdoctoral fellowships

Westpac Research Fellowships. Fellowships are awarded by the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation to support outstanding early career researchers

Lift-off scheme by AustMS: The Australian Mathematical Society Lift-off Fellowships are prestigious fellowships which jump start the careers of young mathematicians by supporting them after the submission of their PhD thesis.

Human Frontier Science Program Postdoctoral fellowships: International prestigious post-doctoral fellowship, likely highly competitive and for work in biology-related disciplines/projects.

Postdoc stipends for ‘Germans’ to go overseas

DFG-funded Research Fellowships : This funding scheme is open for Germany-based ECR to finance a post-doctoral research posting overseas.

DAAD ‘Bilateral exchange program’ : Short-term research stays overseas for scientists (incl postdocs) at German Universities.

DAAD PRIME program : Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience. 12 months overseas + 6 months reintegration program for Germany-based postdocs to research abroad.

DAAD 3-6 months research stays abroad: DAAD scheme for junior postdocs to go overseas.

Research funds and/or Fellowships

L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Fellowships : Funding opportunities for research dollars and fellowships. Both an international version and an Australia/NZ version exists, for researchers within 5 years of the PhD.

Hermon Slade Foundation : research funding in biological or biophysical sciences

Australia and Pacific Science Foundation : research funding in biological or biophysical sciences

Capstone Editing grant for mid-career research: Capstone Editing is a scientific editing company. (amounts around $10K)

Grants & Fellowships for research, co-tutelle, etc in Germany

Research in Germany: Very useful web site that summarises many of the key funding bodies available in Germany. Includes grants for all stages of the career, including research grants and fellowships for students. (Click here for a pdf of the brochure)

Travel to and from Australia

Endeavour scholarships by the Australian Government department for Education: Supports study, research or professional development travel both to and from Australia (can include stipend/living allowance)

Royal Society of Chemistry Travel grant scheme: travel support for research visits or conference attendance, for all destinations/origins but restricted to RSC members.

German academic exchange service: Various programs for Short-Term Grants, One-Year Grants and Research Stays to conduct research at a German public or state-recognised institution

Travel to Australia – for senior scientists

Fullbright Specialist Program: Funding to bring US specialists to Australian Universities for extended visits (up to six weeks). Includes honorarium expenses.

Australian Institute of Physics ‘Women in Physics’ lectureship tour: Every second year awarded to an overseas candidate. Involves travel around the country and lectures both to universities and high-school outreach.

Selby Fellowship: For 2-12 week lecture tours of Australia for senior scientists, up to $15,000, through the Australian Academy of Sciences. (see also other travel fellowship schemes by the AAS)

Lemberg Fellowship: Visits to Australia for no less than 2 weeks for senior scientists in biology, particularly biochemistry, up to $10,000, through the Australian Academy of Sciences. (see also other travel fellowship schemes by the AAS)

Travel to Australia – for junior scientists

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Conference travel grant: travel grants to conferences and to give seminar series (for scientists and postgraduate students at German institutions). The DAAD has many other schemes both for travel to and from Germany.

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) : this is an NSF scheme for American graduate students to pursue research projects in Australasia and nearby.

Travel from (or within) Australia

Ian Potter Foundation: Various schemes for travel support, conference organisation, research. Only  researchers based in Australia are eligible.

Australian Academy of Sciences Travel grants: mostly for Australians to go abroad, but there are also some schemes for incoming lecture tours.

Alf van Porten Fellowship for pure mathematicians aims to assist young pure mathematicians in travelling in Australia and overseas so that they can enrich their mathematical research through contact with other mathematicians.

Royal Society of Chemistry Research Mobility Grants for travel/collaboration with the UK.

Australian Institute of Australia (AIP) student conference (attendance) support fund: This scheme supports PhD students that are members of the AIP and based in Australia to support conference attendance; some form of presentation is required.

Endeavour Mobility grants: Grants for postgraduate and undergraduate student: Endeavour Mobility Grants supports Australian undergraduate & postgraduate students to have an overseas study experience that contributes to their Australian qualification. Various different programs.

Specific bi-lateral programs with specific countries

Australia-ASEAN Council Grant

Australia-India Council

Council on Australia Latin America Relations

Council for Australian-Arab Relations

Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF)

Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF)

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Australia-Indonesia Institute

Australia-China Council (ACC)

 

Funding schemes for conference organisation

International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Conference Funding and Endorsement scheme.

Ian Potter Foundation: Various schemes for travel support, conference organisation, research. Only  researchers based in Australia are eligible (I think).

Funding schemes for conference attendance

Australian Mathematical Society Funding for student attendance of AustMS conference.

Australian Mathematical Science Institute (AMSI) funding for the attendance of AMSI workshops, conferences and events. Available to those at AMSI member institutions (Murdoch now is a member … horray!)

AMSI ‘Choose Maths’ Grants: to enable attendance of AMSI flagship programs by female PhD students and early career researchers.

Anne Penfold Street Award: Covers cost of looking after kids, elderly relatives, etc while you (mathematician of any gender) travel to conferences and workshops. Well done, AustMS, for creating this great scheme!

Cheryl Praeger Award by the Australian Maths Society: For female mathematicians to attend conferences.

Travel grants by MPDI journal “Crystals” for student attendance attendance of conference in the area of crystallography.

Australian Institute of Australia (AIP) student conference (attendance) support fund: This scheme supports PhD students that are members of the AIP and based in Australia to support conference attendance; some form of presentation is required.

Schemes for Undergraduate Exchange / Project / Internships

Endeavour Mobility grants: Endeavour Mobility Grants supports Australian undergraduate & postgraduate students to have an overseas study experience that contributes to their Australian qualification. Various different programs.

DAAD RISE program : Very interesting program by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, funded by German government) that facilitates scientific projects / internships within German universities.

Australian Science Awards and Prizes

Australian Academy of Sciences Awards : include medals, honorific awards, travel fellowships, research funding, etc.

Prime Ministers Prize for Science: recognition for senior, early-career research achievements and teaching of science.

Eureka Awards: recognition for research, teaching, science communication and students

Opportunities for Science Communication

Australian Stories in Science : opportunity to feature research in glossy brochure and web distribution, including members of parliament, etc. (There’s a cost involved for having article included in this publication)

Internship opportunities for undergraduates

Careers Foundation and ACS Foundation : opportunities for industry placements, graduate programs and scholarships (for these) in Information Technology and related disciplines (including in WA)

AMSI Summer Scholarships: The Australian Mathematical Science Institute has a summer scholarship program for 6-week-long research projects, for undergraduate students (worth a couple of thousand of dollars). Students need to find an academic, work out a project and then apply jointly.

CSIRO Vacation Scholarship program: Program for 3rd year students (in exceptional cases 2nd year students) to spend the summer doing a research program at CSIRO.

Internship / industry engagement for PhD students

IPrep WA: Industry engagement experience project for WA PhD students. iPREP WA is a unique collaboration between the five WA universities and has been established for PhD candidates who may not have had previous industry experience. Every now and then they have a round of scholarships to cover the period between submission and examination.

Other funding information

Australian Competitive Grants Register: Education grants

Funding sources specifically for women

Peer Prize for Women in Science: Science funding that is reviewed by a broad public panel (2017 funds up to 40K$)

Capstone Editing grant for travel and research: Capstone Editing is a scientific editing company. These two grants are specifically for female applicants.

Grants for enrolled Murdoch PhD students

Conference Travel Award: The Murdoch Graduate Research Office has a competitive scheme to support  presentation of research results at national or international conferences.