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.

AINSE 2020 Gold Medal Ceremony

On Wednesday 20th May, AINSE alumni Dr. Cynthia Isley and Dr. Gabriel Murphy were presented with AINSE Gold Medals in recognition of their outstanding research achievements.
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Early Career Researcher Grants: Applications Now Open

AINSE’s Early Career Researcher Grant (ECRG), a one-time payment of A$10,000 (excl. GST), is offered by AINSE to suitably-qualified persons holding a postdoctoral ECR position at an AINSE Member Institution and/or Organisation and wishing to undertake work in collaboration with ANSTO.

Applications for the second round of the ECRG will be received up to 11:59pm AEST 31st July 2020.

For further details, including Terms and Conditions, an application form, and an ANSTO Capabilities & Facilities Guide, please visit our ECRG page.

Residential Student Scholarships: Expressions of Interest Now Open

Residential Student Scholarships (RSSs) are offered by AINSE Limited (the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering) for suitably-qualified persons wishing to undertake studies aligned with ANSTO’s research programmes for a higher degree at an AINSE-member university. Expressions of interest will be received up to 11:59 pm AEST 31st May 2020.

The award provides a stipend of A$7,500 per annum, in addition to up to A$5,000 per annum travel and accommodation allowance (plus an additional accommodation allowance of up to A$5,200 for eligible students travelling interstate or overseas), to enable students to spend a significant amount of time working at ANSTO facilities.

Expressions of interest are now being sought from first-year PhD students whose research topics closely align with ANSTO’s research programmes: The Environment, Human Health, the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Defence and Space Industries, and Fusion.

Applicants are requested to email a one page (A4) only* abstract to outlining the details of their research project and the ANSTO staff member(s) they will be collaborating with. Selected applicants who are successful in the first round will be invited to submit a more detailed online application.

For more information, please visit our RSS website.

24th AINSE Winter School (online): 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 24th annual AINSE Winter School will be held online from Tuesday 7th to Friday 9th 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, experimental sessions and demonstrations. A social program, including a research networking event, encourages students to discuss important current social issues involving science and technology.

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.

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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24th AINSE Winter School (ONLINE) 
7 – 9 July 2020

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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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