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American Australian Association - Australia to USA Fellowships

External closing date: 30 April 2017

For Australians to undertake advanced study or research (Masters, PhD or postdoctoral level) at an institution in the USA in various fields including business, science, technology, medicine, engineering and sustainability. Valued at up to $US40,000 to support part of the costs for one year of study. Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia. Fellows are expected to contribute to Australia's intellectual capital as well as the country's overall social and economic well-being upon their return. A reciprocal scheme also exists, which offers Americans the opportunity to study in Australia; however, the annual deadline is in October.

For further information, see the American Australian Association website.

Australian Academy of Science - Australian-India Strategic Research Fund EMCR Fellowship to India

Internal closing date: 4 September 2017
External closing date: 11 September 2017

This Fellowship to India is for the purpose of facilitating long-term science, technology and innovation collaboration between Australia and India. The Fellowship provides support of up to $40,500 for early-to-mid career (EMCR) Australian researchers to travel to India to work with leading researchers at major Indian Science and Technology organisations for a period of between 3 and 9 months. Applicants should propose a collaborative research project or a specific activity that has been developed in consultation with the host organisation(s) in India, which may be in the fields of natural science (basic or applied), engineering, mathematics, statistics or health.

Eligible applicants should have between 3 to 10 years postdoctoral experience in Australia, with their PhD having been conferred  no more than 15 years prior to application submission. (Consideration will be given for career disruptions). Australian citizenship or permanent residency is also a requirement and candidates should be living in Australia at the time of the application. Travel must commence between 1 January 2018 and 30 June 2018. The Fellowship covers a contribution to travel and living expenses.

For further information, see the Australian Academy of Science website.


Australian Academy of Science - Australian-French Entrepeneurship Challenge

External closing date: 1 May 2017

The Australian-French Entrepreneurship Challenge is based on the '24 hours for Entrepreneurship’ challenge, a flagship event that has been run in France since 2011 by the French National Association for Research and Technology and Novancia Business School. Participants will compete for the opportunity to travel to France for a first-hand experience of the country’s innovation system. Teams of PhD students will compete to design an innovative and profitable start-up concept. The challenge will be held in Adelaide (11-12 July 2017). Travel costs to Adelaide will be the responsibility of the applicant /applicant's institution.

For further information, see the Australian Academy of Science website.

CSANZ Travelling Fellowships

Scheme External closing date
American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions
17 - 19 March 2017, Chicago, Illinois
Value: $3,000
13 January 2017
European Society of Cardiology Congress
26 - 30 August 2017, Barcelona, Spain
Value: $3,000
19 May 2017
American Heart Association
11 - 15 November 2017, Anaheim, California

The CSANZ Travelling Fellowships are intended to provide an opportunity for investigators in the early stage of their research career, to present at a major international conference.

General eligibility: Applicants must be current financial CSANZ members at the time of application, who have an abstract accepted for presentation, with preference given to those attending their first meeting. The work being presented much have emanated from Australia or New Zealand.

CASS Foundation Travel Grants

Application round   External closing date
Round 1
(for travel between 1 May 2017 and 30 November 2017)
  3 March 2017
Round 2
(for travel between 1 November 2017 and 31 May 2018)
  25 August 2017

The CASS Foundation Limited is a private philanthropic foundation created to support and promote the advancement of education, science and medicine, and research in those fields. Travel Grants are offered to further the career opportunities of Australian postdoctoral early career researchers.

Eligibility: Postdoctoral early career researchers are defined as being generally within seven or eight years of the start of a research career. The travel grants are available to assist attendance at international conferences or other approved activities conducted outside Australia. The applicant is expected to present new research as a platform presentation or as a poster where the applicant is first author. The grants are not available for travel to attend conferences being held in Australia. Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents and must reside continuously in Australia during the period between the date of applying for a CASS Travel Grant and the scheduled date of departure. The conference must not commence earlier than two months after the closing date for applications nor later than nine months after the closing date for applications. Travel must be completed within 90 days of departure from Australia.

Value: Up to $4,500 per grant

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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia (DFAT) - Vietnam Researcher Exchange Program

Expressions of interest (EOIs) are invited from Australian universities and research institutes to participate in the 2017 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia (DFAT) - Vietnam Researcher Exchange Program to strengthen the science and innovation partnership between Australian and Vietnamese researchers and institutions. Approximately 14 Australian and Vietnamese researchers will receive a grant of up to AU$5,000 each to support exchanges of two to four weeks duration between May and December 2017. Priority research areas are agriculture, health, marine science, and environmental science.

Enquiries and EOIs should be directed to Ms Ngo Phuong Linh.

External Closing Date (EOI): 20 March 2017

Franklin Women Carer's Travel Scholarship

Application round   External closing date
Round 1
(for conference travel between 1 January 2017 and 30 June 2017)
  10 March 2017
Round 2
(for conference travel between 1 July 2017 and 31 December 2017)
  11 August 2017

The Franklin Women Carer's Travel Scholarship provides financial support to assist in the care of children while the researcher attends a national or international conference. This can be used in whatever way is best for the applicant's personal circumstances, for example, to fund a companion to join the researcher or additional days of childcare.


  • Applicants must have a poster or oral abstract accepted for a national or international conference in 2017 and have already acquired some or all funding for the conference attendance (e.g. conference registration, flights etc)
  • Applicants must be currently employed, or enrolled as a PhD student, in the health and medical research field at a university or research institute in Australia (or on institute-approved parental leave)
  • Be the primary carer of one or more children under 5 years of age
  • Be a full or student member of Franklin Women at the time of applying
  • Have not previously received a Franklin Women travel scholarship

Value: Up to $1,500

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Travel Grants

Application round Internal closing date External closing date
Round 1
(for travel after 15 March 2017)
10 March 2017 15 March 2017
Round 2
(for travel after 20 September 2017)
15 September 2017 20 September 2017

JDRF invites applications for grants of up to $2,000 for domestic travel or $4,000 for international travel to research institutions or scientific meetings, for the purpose of furthering the applicant's expertise in the study of Type 1 diabetes. Applicants must be Australian citizens, permanent residents currently residing in Australia or temporary residents holding JDRF research awards who are currently working at an Australian institution.

Early-Stage Researcher Travel Grants: Eligible candidates will be medical, science or allied health graduates who are undertaking Type 1 diabetes research in the early stage of their career (ie PhD students or not more than 5 years postdoctoral). The scientific meeting/research visit planned by the applicant must focus on one of JDRF's research goals: to restore normal blood glucose levels; to prevent and reverse complications; to prevent Type 1 diabetes.

Allied Health/Nursing Travel Grants: Eligible candidates will be allied health professionals (nurses, dieticians, psychologists, social workers, podiatrists, exercise physiologists, occupational therapists and pharmacists) undertaking research impacting on the lives of people with Type 1 diabetes and their carers and families; or allied health or nursing students enrolled in a post graduate research program, whose research will impact on the lives of people with Type 1 diabetes and their carers and families.

Note: Travel must be taking place after the application cut off date for their round of submission to be considered.

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Menzies Centre at Kings - Australian Bicentennial Scholarships and Fellowships

External closing date: 28 April 2017

To support Australian postgraduate students or academic staff members to undertake periods of study or research in the U.K. for periods that are generally of at least 3 months. The scheme, which covers all disciplines from humanities to science and medicine, promotes scholarship, intellectual links and mutual awareness and understanding between the U.K. and Australia. Both scholarships and fellowships are valued at up to £4,000 (for travel and subsistence) and may be used to supplement other awards. A host institution in the UK must be identified at the time of the application and evidence of acceptance provided. Younger scholars are preferred, but while there is no formal age limit a scholar or fellow must be likely to be able to make a formal contribution in his/her field for at least ten years. Funding will be available between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018.

For further information, see the King's College website.

Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia

Ian Ballard Travel Awards are intended to enable recipients to undertake an international travel tour with the aim of extending and collaborating on their MS research specialty. This award cannot be used to fund attendance at conferences.

Internal closing date: TBA
External closing date: July 2017

Eligibility: Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand. Applicants must be working in the field of MS research.

Value: up to $25,000. Travel is expected to be completed within one year of the award.

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust - 2017 Churchill Fellowships

External closing date: 28 April 2017

To support overseas travel for the purpose of conducing a 4- to 8-week overseas research project that could not be carried out in Australia. Open to Australian citizens over the age of 18 with no prescribed qualifications required; however, tertiary study is not supported. The subject matter is limitless provided a benefit to Australia is evident and the applicant is willing to disseminate the research findings to the broader Australian community. Valued at around $26,000 to cover travel costs and overseas allowances, it is expected around 100 Fellowships will be awarded nationally in 2017. Shortlisted applicants will be expected to attend an interview between May and July 2017 with final outcomes announced between August and September 2017. Travel should take place between 1 February 2018 and 31 January 2019.

For further information, see the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust website.

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