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.

Supporting Nuclear Science and Engineering for over 60 years

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2022 Year in Review

2022 has been a year filled with many exciting successes that the AINSE staff wish to celebrate as the holiday season approaches.

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6th AINSE WISE School Concludes

From Monday 28 November to Friday 2 December 2022, 52 students from 20 universities across Australia and New Zealand connected online with a host of remarkable STEM experts and leaders at the sixth annual AINSE Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) School, supported by ANSTO and the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer.
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AINSE Honours Scholarships: Applications now open

Eligible students from AINSE Member Institutions who are enrolled in an Honours program, OR a Masters degree by Coursework with a thesis component, for some period between 1st January 2023 and 31st March 2023 can now apply for the 2023 AINSE Honours Scholarship.

AINSE Honours Scholars will receive a one-off A$5,000 stipend to assist them in their studies.

Applications close on 15 March 2023. For more details, including terms & conditions and a link to the online application portal, please visit our Honours Scholarship page.

In Memory of Mr. E.A. (Bill) Palmer

It is with deep sadness that AINSE informs the scientific community that Mr E.A. (Bill) Palmer, the first Scientific Secretary/Executive Officer of AINSE, recently passed away in September 2022. Bill made an enormous contribution to Nuclear Science and Engineering as the leader of AINSE from 1959 – 1988.

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Congratulations to our 36 new PGRA and RSS scholars

AINSE wish to extend our congratulations to the 36 postgraduate students, representing 21 member organisations, who have been selected to receive an AINSE Postgraduate Research Award (PGRA) or Residential Student Scholarship (RSS) commencing in 2022.

The PGRA is a top-up scholarship that may be held until the expiry of the receipient’s Australian Government Research Training Program scholarship or equivalent primary scholarship. In addition to providing a student with a stipend of A$8,250 per annum, the award provides access to ANSTO’s world-class facilities and expertise. An allowance for travel and accommodation expenses associated with access to ANSTO facilities is also provided.

The RSS also provides a stipend of A$8,250 per annum, with extended travel and accommodation allowances to enable the student to spend a period of six months or more per year, on average, working on-site at ANSTO facilities.

To date, the AINSE PGRA has supported the training of 534 postgraduate students in nuclear science and related fields, in addition to the new awards announced today.

For further information, please visit our PGRA or RSS pages.

AINSE 2022 Award Ceremony

On Wednesday 18th May, AINSE had the privilege of awarding AINSE Scholar Gold Medals for excellence and impact in research to Dr. Jessie Posar (University of Wollongong), Dr. Damien Finch (The University of Melbourne), and Dr. Shinji Kihara (The University of Auckland). PhD student Calla Gould-Whaley from the University of Melbourne was also acknowledged for her receipt of the John Ferris Memorial Scholarship.

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Annual Report published

The AINSE Annual Report for 2021, including research highlight articles from our postgraduate scholars, has now been published. To access the digital version, please scroll down to the Annual Report section of the linked webpage.

AINSE Welcomes New Board Member

On Friday 18th March, the AINSE Board held its first regular Board Meeting of the year and welcomed new Board Member Professor John Bell, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at the University of Southern Queensland, as a University Representative.

Professor Bell’s appointment from 1 January 2022 comes after Professor Roland De Marco completed his term on the AINSE Board, having served as a University Representative from August 2018 to August 2021.

AINSE extends a warm welcome to Professor Bell and would like to thank him and the other members of the AINSE Board for their ongoing service to AINSE and its member organisations.

2021 Year in Review

As the year draws to a close, the staff at AINSE would like to celebrate some of the successes of 2021 as we look forward to 2022.

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Upcoming Events

27th AINSE Winter School
3–7 July 2023
September 2023
Limited in-person visits to Lucas Heights, NSW, Australia

AINSE Postgraduate Orientation Week
Nuclear Science Week, October 2023

7th AINSE Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) School
4–8 December 2023
Lucas Heights, NSW, Australia & Online


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.

We respectfully acknowledge the Dharawal nation as the traditional custodians of the land on which AINSE is located.

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