For over 60 years, AINSE has provided pathways and networks for scientific collaboration and facilitated world-class research and education across Australia and New Zealand.

From environmental research to materials engineering; from honours projects to early-career research: AINSE offers a variety of scholarships to support students in nuclear science, engineering, and related research fields.

Stay up-to-date with the latest news from AINSE, including details of upcoming AINSE-supported conferences and the annual AINSE Winter Schools and WISE Schools for undergraduate students.

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AINSE Statement regarding COVID-19: 26th March 2020

The health and wellbeing of our scholars, staff and collaborators is our highest priority. The AINSE team are working to assist all our scholarship holders and students during this challenging period.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the AINSE Board held a meeting on 25th March to discuss key items for the April–July 2020 period.

AINSE will continue to offer our events and scholarships throughout 2020. Our annual Winter School will move to an online format in July and we will work continuously with the research community to explore how AINSE programs can best adapt to support their needs. All AINSE staff have been working effectively off-site since 17th March.

Please see the full list of current changes to upcoming AINSE events and programs below:

The Winter School will be held as an online event in July, with a plan for student participants to visit ANSTO facilities later in the year if feasible;

The Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) Mentorship Program will continue to run via videoconferencing and online discussion sessions as per normal;

Honours scholarships will be announced by the end of March. Successful applicants who defer their Honours enrolment will be accommodated;

All current participants of the Scholarship AINSE ANSTO French Embassy (SAAFE) program will be offered a six-month extension;

Postgraduate Research Award (PGRA), Residential Student Scholarship (RSS), and Early-Career Research Grant (ECRG) applications will proceed as normal, with applicants encouraged to apply for ANSTO access at the end of 2020 or early 2021;

The ANSTO Graduate Institute ‘Industry Foundations Scholarship’ will open mid-April, with applications closing 17th July;

Existing PGRA scholars will be assisted with their individual research requirements; and

Existing ECRG holders will be offered a six-month extension.

AINSE are committed to supporting the research community through this difficult time. We will closely monitor the ongoing situation and continue to update you with further developments. 

Please feel free to share this correspondence of 26th March 2020 with your research community where appropriate.

Kind regards,

The AINSE Team.










24th AINSE Winter School: Applications Now Open

AINSE offers scholarships to its Member Universities to enable a nominated student to attend the Winter School on applications of nuclear techniques. The School will be held at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s (ANSTO’s) Lucas Heights campus, located approximately 30km south of Sydney. The 24th AINSE Winter School will run over five days from Monday 6th to Friday 10th July 2020.

The scholarship is open to all senior undergraduate students to whom a knowledge of nuclear analysis techniques would be of interest. Such techniques have applications in areas ranging from agriculture to zoology, including physics, chemistry, biology, environmental science, geography, geology, and archaeology. The Winter School provides an ideal opportunity for students in their final year of undergraduate STEM studies to explore potential options for future research projects and meet potential collaborators.

The Winter School involves a mixture of lectures, hands-on experimental sessions and demonstrations. A social program including networking dinners and speakers encourages students to discuss important current social issues involving science and technology. AINSE pays for flights, accommodation, all meals and social activities during the program.

The AINSE Councillor at each university is responsible for coordinating the selection of a scholarship student.  Please contact your University Councillor, or visit our Winter School page, to find out more about the AINSE Winter School.

SAAFE Research Internship Program: Applications Now Open

AINSE, in partnership with ANSTO and the Embassy of France in Australia, are delighted to announce that applications for the 2020 SAAFE Program are now open. This follows the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding between AINSE, ANSTO and the Embassy of France in Australia that will extend support for the SAAFE Program for an additional three years.

The Scholarship AINSE ANSTO French Embassy (SAAFE) Program is an exciting international exchange opportunity open to early career researchers at the PhD and postdoctoral level. Up to $7,500 AUD is provided to each successful applicant towards supporting travel and/or accommodation expenses in Australia or France.

Eligible applicants must be a PhD student in, or hold a postdoctoral appointment at, a French university or Australian AINSE-member university, OR be enrolled in a PhD in collaboration between French and Australian institutions.

Applications close 1 May 2020. For more information, including an application form and terms & conditions, please visit our SAAFE website.

New research in Nature Communications: “The first Australian plant foods at Madjedbebe, 65,000-53,000 years ago”

Australia’s first people were skilled foragers with complex processing techniques for plant foods, according to recent research by AINSE PGRA Scholar Stephanie Anna Florin and her collaborators from The University of Queensland in partnership with the Mirarr people.

Their paper, published in Nature Communications, details analysis of charred plant remains at a site in western Arnhem Land dating back to 65,000 years ago – around the same time that the earliest Aboriginal Australians reached Sahul, the prehistoric super-continent of Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea.

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AINSE Postgraduate Research Awards: Applications Now Open

Eligible students from AINSE Member Institutions who are in receipt of a Research Training Program (RTP) or equivalent award, and utilising ANSTO facilities as part of their Research Higher Degree program, can now apply for the 2020 round of the AINSE Postgraduate Research Awards (PGRAs).

AINSE PGRA Scholars will receive a stipend of A$7,500 per annum, in addition to a generous travel and accommodation allowance, to assist them in their studies.

Applications are now being sought from eligible postgraduate students undertaking research projects in the areas of Archaeology, Geosciences & Environmental Sciences, Biotechnology & Biomedical Sciences, and Materials Science & Engineering.

Applications close on 15 April 2020. For more details, including terms & conditions and the online application form, please visit our Postgraduate Research Award page.

Particle Therapy Tour of Japan

In August 2018, AINSE, with assistance from ANSTO, conducted a second Particle Therapy Tour in Japan. The tour, hosted by AINSE Managing Director Michelle Durant and ANSTO Physicist Dr. Dale Prokopovich, illustrated Japan’s development of proton and carbon ion therapy from early experimental stages through to patient treatments in the hospital setting.

A video showcasing the 2018 AINSE Study Tour, produced by Australia’s Science Channel, can be viewed on the AINSE Website.

AINSE are now seeking expressions of interest for the 2020 Study Tour of Particle Therapy in Japan, to be held from 16-19 August 2020. For more details, please visit our Study Tour page.

AINSE International Travel Scholarships

PhD students from AINSE Member Universities who wish to present their AINSE-supported research at an overseas conference are encouraged to apply for an AINSE International Travel Scholarship.

Applications are open year-round, with up to A$1,000 awarded to cover flight costs to and from the international conference. 

To find out more, visit our Travel Scholarship site

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24th AINSE Winter School (ONLINE) 
6 – 10 July 2020

Lucas Heights, NSW, Australia
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The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE Ltd.) is an integral organisation for enhancing Australia’s and New Zealand’s capabilities in nuclear science, engineering, and related research fields by facilitating world-class research and education. 

AINSE offers a range of programs and services to its members, including generous domestic and international conference support, scholarships for honours & postgraduate students and Early Career Researchers, and intensive undergraduate education schools. These benefits aim to foster scientific advancement and promote an effective collaboration between AINSE members and ANSTO.

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