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This page contains a list of opportunities for researchers and research students.

Funding Opportunities

2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science

Australia & New Zealand Fellowships Applications close Monday 12th March

Applications can be submitted through the website – under the “Apply” tab.

There are five $25,000 Fellowships (four Australian and one New Zealand). Applicants within five years of completing their PhD (not including career breaks) are welcome from a variety of fields including life sciences, clinical and health sciences, material sciences, physical sciences, mathematics or engineering.

Applications opened on Monday 29th January and will close at midnight Monday 12th March.

An Opportunity for Early Career Researchers to participate in an internship in France

Thanks to the Scholarship AINSE/ANSTO French Embassy (SAAFE) Research Internship Program

Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) |

Applications are now open and close on 1 May 2018

As a result of the MOU signed between AINSE, ANSTO and the Embassy of France in Australia in 2017, PhD students from AINSE Member Universities have the opportunity to participate in an internship in France.

The SAAFE program objective is to facilitate and enhance bilateral collaborative research in nuclear science and engineering between Australia and France. The program supports early career researchers at PhD level to expand research and innovation activities within Human Health, Environment and Nuclear Fuel Cycle, to initiate sustainable research networks and linkages to support Australian and French research and innovation.

Applicants must be:

  • A PhD student currently enrolled in a French or AINSE member university; OR
  • Enrolled in a PhD in collaboration between French and Australian institutions


  • Carrying out a research project which stimulates research collaboration between France and Australian in the following areas:
    • Human Health Research
    • Environmental Research
    • Nuclear Fuel Cycle

Application form and terms and conditions can be found on the AINSE website. For enquires and further information contact the friendly staff at AINSE: | +61 9717 3376

Training Opportunities

Expressions of Interest open: 'Write that journal article' off-campus retreat (Q3.1)

'Write that journal article' is an off-campus, five-night writing retreat, which is being held at the ANU Kioloa Coastal Campus (approximately three-hours drive from Canberra) from Sunday 24 to Friday 29 June 2018.

This retreat will bring together a small group of people, each with a paper ready to write, for a collective assault on the barriers to productive writing. By bringing together the experienced with the less experienced in a staged process leading to publication, it will allow sharing of approaches to and views on what makes a good publication and how to bring it about. Like attending the gym, group participation will help to enhance motivation and commitment.

The aim of this retreat is to beat writers block and accelerate individual throughput, to increase the quality of final manuscripts submitted for publication, and so to ensure that a greater quantity of the quality research that we do sees the light of day. The skills developed during this retreat will pay back the effort many times over when it comes to preparing manuscripts in the future.

Costs for travel, accommodation and meals will be subsidised by Researcher Development.

Please complete the expression of interest form at the link below by COB Friday 2 March 2018 if you think you might be interested in this opportunity. We will notify those who have expressed interest when formal applications open. Due to the availability of a limited number of places, participants will be selected via a competitive process.

Expressions of Interest open: Making connections workshop (Q4.2)

Researchers are increasingly busy with competing demands on their time. The competitive landscape has also made attracting research funding a time consuming and too often fruitless challenge. It is critical that researchers are able to grab the attention of the right people within industry or government to develop partnerships, however, many researchers are unsure of how to take the first steps. If you identify with these statements and want to try another way, then this workshop is for you.

Outcomes from the workshop:

  • Define your capabilities and points of difference
  • Visualise your ideal partner
  • Learn to find the right person to contact
  • Use search tools and social media
  • Craft a message to reach out and connect
  • Analyse feedback
  • Send a first contact message

About the facilitator: Shannon Notley left the academic world after more than 15 years as a researcher to found a startup in cooling batteries and computers with FlexeGRAPH. This background gives Shannon an insight into common myths and missteps when attempting to span the researcher-industry divide. In this highly practical workshop, he will share his experiences and methods for enhancing connections to the right contacts, adding value to your partner and ultimately asking for funding. His approach is repeatable and time efficient reducing the networking activity to just minutes, ideal for time and resource poor researchers.

This workshop is suitable for researchers in all disciplines and will be held on Wednesday 11 April from 10am-2.30pm at UC (lunch provided). Spaces are limited and a competitive selection process will take place.

Please complete the expression of interest form at the link below and submit it by COB Friday 16 March 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by email on or before Friday 23 March 2018.

ARC Funding Opportunities

09.30 on  Friday 23 February in Room 9B27

Register through Eventbrite

Dr. Fiona Cameron, Senior Executive Director, Australian Research Council will provide an overview of ARC funding opportunities, how to plan for successful proposals, the common pitfalls seen in unsuccessful proposals and key things the ARC looks for when funding proposals. Additionally the session will in particular focus on Linkage Projects, success rates and the elements of a well put together proposal. It will also consider issues observed in Linkage around collaboration, both before proposals are put in and after they are successful.

For internal opportunities please see the UC ReD calendar.

Innovation Opportunities

Shark Tank Australia
Have you got a ground breaking idea, invention or business proposal that needs to be taken to the next level? The hit Channel 10 show Shark Tank are taking applications now. To apply visit the website.

Pitch it Clever
Imagine you jump into an elevator with a key decision-maker. You’ve got a chance to tell a university Vice Chancellor, a politician, or a business leader why your research matters… and quickly!
Now stop imagining and start pitching!
Universities Australia challenges early to mid-career researchers to talk up their research in a 1-2 minute video. The video should aim to get leaders from across the country to become champions for your work. With prize money of $4,500 and the chance to build your profile are up for grabs. More information visit the website

Discovery Translation Fund
Do you have an invention or research, that you think should be commercialised? The Discovery Translation Fund is designed to help researchers take their projects with commercial potential forward. Grants can be awarded for up to $50,000 per project, with funding above $50,000 considered for projects of exceptional potential. Think you have a suitable project? Please contact .

First Wednesday Connect
Join entrepreneurs, business people, and innovators in Canberra for the first First Wednesday Connect of 2018 on Wednesday 6 February between 5pm and 6.30pm at the CBR Innovation Network.  First Wednesday Connect is free and you will see over 150 people for pitchers, a surprise speaker, drinks and nibbles. Register now.

Main Sequence Ventures
Do you have a Deep Tech innovation or vision that could change the world? Or do you have the skills that could benefit a deep tech start up? Main Sequence Ventures is a venture capital program, launched by CSIRO and funded by the Australian Government, designed to spur Australian innovation and enable world changing visions. Unlike many other venture capital funds, Main Ventures is looking to provide additional value through linking organisations and capabilities to create synergies to realise the untapped potential in the Australian research and innovation environment. Opportunities also exist for researchers to shadow investors and see firsthand what they are looking for. If you are interested in working with Main Sequence Ventures, please contact

Innovation Connections
UC is lucky to have Dr Jacqui Watt visit the campus on the last Monday of every month. Jacqui works to link researchers and business together to solve industry led problems, through government co-sponsored research projects. If you have a business that you are working on a project with, they may be eligible for matched government funding or alternatively, if you have research skills that might help a business, book in and have a chat with Jacqui. Contact for queries.