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

Funding Opportunities at UC

Pitch for Funds (P4F) competition for researchers (from honours students to established academics)

Funding Opportunities

MOVE 2018 PhD Scholarship Funding Round

MOVE muscle, bone and joint health the new voice of Arthritis Victoria is once again offering PhD Scholarships for applicants who intend to pursue research in musculoskeletal health commencing next year.

The key information about the scholarship is as follows:

Scholarship name: MOVE muscle, bone & joint health PhD Scholarship in Musculoskeletal Health

Description of funding scheme: As part of the MOVE muscle, bone & joint health Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy 2015-2019, the organisation is offering full time scholarships for a PhD project in musculoskeletal (MSK) health commencing in 2018.

The objectives of the scheme are:

  1. to support researchers in producing high quality evidence to help individuals with or at risk of developing a MSK condition(s) and
  2. to translate already existing or new evidence in MSK research into practise

The successful application must be aligned with our Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy 2015-2019 discussed further below. Please note that basic science research does not align with our Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy.

Eligibility: Applicants must have obtained an Australian Bachelor’s Degree with Honours (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant area of study including science, medicine or health related field within the last five years. This period of time includes career breaks and working in other fields or abroad.

Applicants must be an Australian citizen or have permanent residency status. Successful applicants will be required to provide proof of citizenship or residency status within the funding agreement.

Applicants who have previously been awarded a MOVE (or Arthritis Victoria) scholarship are not eligible, nor are those currently in receipt of other nationally competitive grants that include salary support.

Applicants who are directly involved in competing research and or related initiatives as well as affiliations or financial investments with other organisations that have a commercial interest in the research being undertaken are also not eligible.

Applicants must also meet the requirements of the university, including all the conditions for admission to the research higher degree program and be nominated by the enrolling school or institute.

Value of Scholarship: The value of the scholarship is $30,000 per annum.

Length of Scholarship: The scholarship is for three years. Any additional time taken to complete the PhD will not be paid.

Number of Scholarships on offer: Currently a minimum of two scholarships are available within the five year budget.

How to apply: Applicants are asked to fill out and email the application form to The referee and supervisor reports are part of the application and it is the applicants responsibility to supply their supervisor and referee with the relevant information and form with sufficient time for them to complete it and submit it to MOVE prior to, or on, the specified closing date. The application form, referee form and supervisor form can be found at:

Key dates: The funding round will open on Monday 3 July and close Monday 4 September 2017.

Website for scholarship:

ASSA Workshop Program Grants

Call for proposals for ASSA Workshop Program Grant FY2018-2019 is now OPEN.

Closing date is 29 September 2017.

The Academy of Social Sciences in Australia is calling for proposals for ASSA Workshop Program Grant 2018-2019 for workshops to be held between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019.
The Academy’s Workshop Program is a competitive program providing grants to assist social sciences researchers to convene a two-day, multidisciplinary research workshop on an issue of national concern in the social sciences. The Workshop Program provides an important arena for intellectual exchange and innovation, a mechanism for exploring linkages between research and policy, and a valuable means of supporting Early Career Researchers.

Workshops will be funded to a maximum of $9,000 which includes provision for $1500 towards the cost of a digested analysis paper. It is expected that one of the convenors should be an Academy Fellow and at least two of the participants must be Australia-based Early Career Researchers. Policy-related workshops often include government officials and/or policy analysts.

Past workshops have explored diverse topics such as family, work and wellbeing over the life course, cultures of humanitarianism across the Asia-Pacific region, the globalisation of international society, environmental governance, impact of neuroscience and behavioural genetics on Australian law, intercountry adoption in Australia, the children’s courts system and energy security in an era of climate change.

Please click here for information about the Workshop Program and to download the guidelines and the application form.

ACT Leo Mahony Bursary

The bursary provides $5000 towards postgraduate thesis research relevant to national security and defence. The application process is quite simple and details are here, including advice on last year’s recipients.

If you have any queries, USI Support

Applications for the Leo Mahony Bursary close 9am Monday 28 August 2017.

Parliamentary Library Summer Research Scholarship

The Parliamentary Library is seeking applications for its 2018 Summer Research Scholarship program and I would be grateful for your assistance in disseminating this information to your postgraduate students.

The Parliamentary Library Summer Research Scholarship gives scholars the opportunity to work alongside specialist researchers in the Parliamentary Library in Canberra for a period of six weeks (January-February 2018) to produce a report on a topic of relevance to the Library’s research program.

This opportunity will interest students with expertise in public policy, the environment, natural resources, foreign affairs, social policy, law, statistics, and economics.

The Parliamentary Library is a unique research environment and the scholarships allow scholars to understand and work within this important national institution.

Upon successful completion of the scholarship, an honorarium of $1,800 is paid.

For more information and a copy of the application kit, visit the Parliamentary Library webpage at

Entries close 24 September 2017.

Training Opportunities

Chemistry ECR Development Day

Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI)

Please note that these courses are external offerings and must be independently funded.

Workshops and Master-classes

There are 2-day short courses currently being offered from the Melbourne office:

Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis using NVivo: August 31 - September 1
You will be seeking to advance your knowledge and skills in higher-level data analysis, theory building, validating findings, and producing reports and accounts.

Introduction to Rasch Analysis using RUMM2030: October 12-13
A practical applied approach with detailed, hands-on experience in Rasch Analaysis using RUMM2030.

Mixed Methods Research Design: November 9-10
Examining the key features, implementation, analysis and write-up of mixed methods research designs.

Competitions and Awards


One of Australia’s best young engineers will win the 2017 Batterham Medal, which will be awarded in November by the Academy of Technology and Engineering.

Nominations for the Batterham Medal close on 31 August.

The Batterham Medal is an early career award for a graduate engineer who has achieved substantial peer/industry recognition for his/her work in the past five years. The Academy of administers the award on behalf of the Group of Eight Deans of Engineering and Associates.

The award consists of a medal (The Batterham Medal) and a cash prize of $5000.

The winner will be an engineering graduate of an Australian university, under 40 at 1 January 2017 and will:

1. have demonstrated excellence, innovation and impact in a field of engineering;

2. be clearly acknowledged by peers for a signature contribution to engineering in the five years prior to his/her nomination; and

3. have advanced the standing of the engineering profession.

Batterham Medal applicants who have taken career breaks for family or carer responsibilities are eligible for an extension to the age criterion, for the period equivalent to the break.

The award is intended to:

  • elevate the profession of engineering among the technology and innovation communities;
  • bring to the attention of Federal and State parliamentarians and administrators the key role engineers play in the nation’s development; and
  • reinforce with these communities the contribution engineering makes to Australia’s reputation as a centre of technology and innovation leadership.

Associate Professor Andrew Fleming (38), from Newcastle University, won the 2016 Batterham Medal. He is a recognised expert in the modelling, control and engineering of ultra-high precision imaging and fabrication systems. He has consulted on some of the world’s most ambitious scientific and industrial projects for NASA, The National Accelerator Laboratory, The Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Boeing, Stanford University, Nikon Research (all in US), and the Defence Science and Technology Group in Australia.

The Batterham Medal recognises Professor Robin Batterham AO FREng FAA FTSE, an Australian science and technology leader who was Chief Scientist of Australia from 1999 to 2006, President of the Academy from 2007 to 2012 and is Kernot Professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne.

The 2017 Batterham Medal will be awarded at ATSE’s Oration Dinner on 24 November in Sydney.

The Batterham Medal Guidelines and Nomination form are online


Two of Australia’s best young food and agriculture professionals will win the 2017 ICM Agrifood Award, awarded by the Academy of Technology and Engineering.

Nominations for the ICM Agrifood Award close on 4 September.

The ICM Agrifood Award is an early career award for two outstanding agriculture or food scientists or technologists. The Award is sponsored by ICM Agribusiness, one of Australia’s major agribusiness groups, and administered by ATSE.

The winners will be awarded at ATSE’s Oration Dinner on 24 November 2017 in Sydney.

One female and one male winner will each receive a cash prize of $5000.

The winners will have achieved substantial recognition for their work in a field critical to continued improvement of the Australian food sector in the past five years, and be under 40 at 1 January 2017.

Both will:

  • have demonstrated excellence, innovation and impact in a field related to food and agriculture in Australia;
  • be 40 years or under on the first day of the year in which the ICM Award is made (with allowance made for career breaks due to family or carer responsibilities);
  • be acknowledged by peers for outstanding contributions to the food and agriculture sector in the past five years; and
  • have advanced the standing of the broad profession of agriculture and food.

The ICM Agrifood Award Guidelines and Nomination form are online.