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:
19th March 2021

The health and wellbeing of our scholars, staff and collaborators is our highest priority. The AINSE team is working to assist all of our members during this time. In developing this precautionary approach, AINSE has consulted widely with stakeholders and taken the national and state guidelines, as well as equity of access, into account. At the AINSE Board meeting held on 19 March 2021, key activities for the March–July 2021 period were discussed in response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

AINSE continues to offer events and scholarships throughout 2021. Our annual AINSE Winter School will remain in an online format in July 2021 and we will work continuously with the research community to explore how AINSE programs can best adapt to support their needs.

Please see the full list of current changes to upcoming AINSE events and programs below until July 2021.

Eligible AINSE scholars are being offered quarantine support to attend ANSTO campuses if required.

All current participants of the Scholarship AINSE ANSTO French Embassy (SAAFE) program have received a no cost extension until 30 June 2022, with the next round of SAAFE scholarships to be advertised in May 2021 for a 1 January 2022 commencement.

The 2021 Postgraduate Research Award (PGRA) application round is on schedule.

Residential Student Scholarship (RSS) application round will proceed on schedule in 2021.

Early-Career Research Grant (ECRG) application round will proceed on schedule in 2021.

Existing PGRA/RSS scholars will be assisted with their individual research requirements and extensions matched with underlying primary scholarships when approved by the host university. 

A new program is planned for 2021 to help postgraduate students with career professional development opportunities.

AINSE continues to support the research community and monitor the ongoing situation.

Please feel free to share this correspondence, of 19 March 2021, with your research community where appropriate.

Kind regards,
AINSE Board and Management.
Friday 19 March 2021


Student Photo Competition: Winners Announced

AINSE are delighted to announce the winners of the 2021 photo competition, and wish to extend our congratulations to all participating students in what was a very competitive field.

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Congratulations to our 43 new PGRA scholars

AINSE wish to extend our congratulations to the 43 postgraduate students who have been selected to receive an AINSE Postgraduate Research Award (PGRA) commencing in 2021.

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 (an increase of 10% in 2021), 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.

To date, the AINSE PGRA has supported the training of 491 postgraduate students in nuclear science and related fields, in addition to the 43 new awards announced today.

For further information, please visit our PGRA page.

National Graduate Innovation Forum: Applications Now Open

The first National Graduate Innovation Forum will connect PhD students with industry representatives to apply scientific thinking to today’s real-world industry challenges. 

Science and Engineering Ph.D. Students from all Australian universities are invited to join. The virtual forum will commence on 12th July 2021 and culminate in a final event on 10th November 2021

The Graduate Innovation Forum has been developed by ANSTO,  the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) and the Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS) 

Interested students are required to complete their application form and provide their resume by 30th June 2021.

The projects will be undertaken remotely with students accessing their university’s facilities (when needed) and working with business mentors from ANSTO, AINSE and ACDS.

For more information, and to apply, please visit the National Graduate Innovation Forum website.

Read more on ANSTO’s News page.

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 2022 SAAFE Program are now open, in anticipation of the resumption of international travel in 2022.

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.

The research internship is required to start within a 6 month period after international borders open in 2022.

Applications close 15 September 2021. For more information, including an application form and terms & conditions, please visit our SAAFE website.

AINSE 2021 Gold Medal Ceremony

On Wednesday 19th May, AINSE had the privilege of awarding two AINSE Gold Medals for excellence in research to Dr. Anna Florin and Professor Neil Saintilan.

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New AINSE Technical Skills Top-up Scholarship: Applications now open

AINSE are excited to announce a new opportunity available to our cohort of postgraduate scholars.

Students who hold a current AINSE postgraduate award (PGRA or RSS) can now apply for a top-up scholarship to receive additional technical skills training relevant to their PhD project.

Successful applicants will be awarded up to A$1,000 (excluding GST) towards the cost of technical skills training at a registered training provider.

Round 2 applications close 12th July 2021. For more information, please visit our technical skills scholarship website.

AINSE Early Career Researcher Grant (ECRG): Applications now open

The Early Career Researcher Grant (ECRG) is offered by AINSE Limited (the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering) to suitably-qualified persons holding a postdoctoral position at an AINSE Member Institution and/or Organisation and wishing to undertake work in collaboration with ANSTO. Applications will be received up to 11:59pm AEST 31st July 2021.

The AINSE ECRG is a one-time payment offered to scholars who are in the first five years of employment as an Early Career Researcher, with allowances made for career breaks of a reasonable time frame. The recipient must be listed on an approved proposal to commence work at an ANSTO facility between 1st October 2021 and 31st December 2022.

The award provides a grant of A$10,000 excl. GST that can be spent on travel, accommodation, publication fees, and laboratory consumables relating to the recipient’s approved ANSTO proposal, in addition to carer requirements, including costs relating to childcare, respite, and support of dependents, subject to AINSE discretion.

For more details, including Terms & Conditions and an application form, please visit our ECRG website.

2021 AINSE Winter School (Online): Nominations now open

The annual AINSE Winter School offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for senior undergraduate students to discover the potential for further research in nuclear science and related technologies. In an entirely-online format in 2021, students can meet and engage with future research collaborators, gain deep insight into ANSTO’s landmark research facilities, and network with other like-minded students from all across Australia and New Zealand.

Nominations for the 25th AINSE Winter School, held online from 5-9 July 2021, are open to all senior undergraduate students interested in learning about the techniques of nuclear analysis. Such techniques have applications across a wide range of disciplines, including archaeology, biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, materials science, medicine, nanotechnology, and physics.

Please visit our Winter School page for more information, and contact your local AINSE Councillor to apply.

Upcoming Events

AINSE Winter School
5–9 July 2021
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National Graduate Innovation Forum – Virtual Event Launch
12 July 2021
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Professional Development Program: “Networking / Communicating in a Research Environment”
12 July / 21 July / 27 July 2021
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15th Australasian Environmental Isotope Conference (AEIC): Online Pre-Event 
17–18 August 2021
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AINSE Postgraduate Orientation Week 
18–20 October 2021
(Nuclear Science Week)
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National Graduate Innovation Forum – Final Event 
10 November 2021
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AINSE Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) School
30 November–3 December 2021
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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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