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


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 1 applications close 30th May 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.

AINSE Residential Student Scholarships (RSS): Applications now open

Eligible students from AINSE Member Institutions who are in receipt of a Research Training Program (RTP) or equivalent award, and undertaking a Research Higher Degree program aligned with ANSTO’s research priorities, can now apply for the 2021 round of the AINSE Residential Student Scholarships (RSS).

AINSE RSS Scholars will receive a stipend of A$7,500 per annum, in addition to extended travel and accommodation allowances, to assist them in their research.

The RSS differs from a Postgraduate Research Award (PGRA) in that a RSS student must be onsite at an ANSTO facility (at Lucas Heights, Camperdown and/or Clayton) for an average of six months per year or more, which can be as a single block of time or as separate visitations.

Expressions of interest are now being sought from postgraduate 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. In addition, opportunities may also exist for postgraduate students interested in contracted research and industrial engagement projects in the defence industry area, and for postgraduate students interested in fusion research that aligns with ANSTO and ITER activities.

Expressions of interest will be received until 31 May 2021. For more details, including terms & conditions, please visit our Residential Student Scholarship page.

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.

2020 Year in Review

The AINSE staff would like to wish all our scholars, supervisors and supporters a safe and happy holiday, and best wishes for the festive season.

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4th AINSE Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) School

In the first week of December 2020, 57 students from 27 universities across Australia and New Zealand connected online with a host of remarkable STEM leaders at the fourth annual AINSE Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) School.

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Upcoming Events

Australian Society of Molecular Imaging (ASMI) Annual Scientific Symposium
21–23 June 2021
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AINSE Winter School
5–9 July 2021
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AINSE Postgraduate Orientation Week 
18–20 October 2021
(Nuclear Science Week)
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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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