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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2022 AINSE Postgraduate Orientation Week (Online): Expressions of Interest now received from interested students

From Monday 17th to Wednesday 19th October, AINSE will host its annual Postgraduate Orientation Week as an entirely-online event, coinciding with international Nuclear Science Week celebrations. Alongside the new cohort of 2022 AINSE Scholars, the O’Week will also be open to interested students enrolled at AINSE-member institutions who intend to apply for an AINSE postgraduate scholarship in 2023.

Interested students will attend a series of talks and panel discussions from ANSTO research leaders and AINSE alumni alongside the new cohort of 2022 AINSE PGRA, AINSE RSS and ANSTO FutureNow Scholars, and will have the opportunity to embark on a virtual tour of ANSTO hosted by the ANSTO Discovery Centre. On the morning of Wednesday 19th, interested students will attend a specialised workshop focused on the application process for 2023 AINSE scholarships.

Please visit our O’Week page for more information, and to apply. Applications close 30 September 2022.

2022 AINSE WISE School: Applications now open

The annual AINSE Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) School provides an ideal opportunity for first-year undergraduate Women in STEM to network with their peers from across Australia and New Zealand and to hear from special guest speakers about their journeys to successful careers in STEM.

A key component of the WISE school is active participation in an ongoing mentorship program involving the WISE students, past WISE alumni, and staff members from ANSTO and AINSE.

Please visit our WISE School page for more information, and to apply. Applications close 30 September 2022.

Scholarship AINSE ANSTO French Embassies (SAAFE): Applications now open

AINSE, in partnership with ANSTO, the Embassy of France in Australia and the Embassy of France in New Zealand, are delighted to announce that applications for the next round of the 2022 SAAFE Program are now open for international travel in the period 1st January – 31st December 2023.

The Scholarship AINSE ANSTO French Embassies (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 associated with a visit from:

  • Australia/New Zealand to France, or
  • France to Australia.

The SAAFE Program supports Early Career Researchers to expand research and innovation activities with Human Health, Environment and the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, and to initiate sustainable research networks and linkages to support Australia, New Zealand and France in research and innovation.

Eligible applicants must be a PhD student in, or hold a postdoctoral appointment at, a French university or AINSE-member university. The research internship is required to take place between 1st January and 31st December 2023.

Applications close 30 September 2022. For more information, including the application form and terms & conditions, please visit our SAAFE website.

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

AINSE Postgraduate Orientation Week
October 2022 (Nuclear Science Week)
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ANSTO Powder Diffraction Workshop
3–5 November 2022
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ANBUG-AINSE Neutron Scattering Symposium (AANSS) 2022
9–11 November 2022
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15th Australasian Environmental Isotope Conference (AEIC)
14–16 November 2022
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6th AINSE Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) School
28 November–2 December 2022
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ANSTO User Meeting 2022
1–2 December 2022
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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.

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

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