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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2021 AINSE Postgraduate O’Week (Online): Expressions of Interest now received from interested students

From Monday 18th to Wednesday 20th October, AINSE will host its annual Postgraduate Orientation Week as an entirely-online event, coinciding with international Nuclear Science Week celebrations. In 2021, 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 2022.

Interested students will attend a series of talks and panel discussions from ANSTO research leaders and AINSE alumni alongside the new cohort of 2021 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 20th, interested students will attend a specialised workshop focused on the application process for 2022 AINSE scholarships.

Expressions of Interest close Monday 11th October.

Interested students should submit a short Expression of Interest to from their university email, outlining their intent to apply for a 2022 AINSE scholarship in 200 words or less.

2021 AINSE WISE School (Online): Applications now open

The annual AINSE 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 access to 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 24th October 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.

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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Upcoming Events

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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15th International Conference on Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS-15)
15–19 November 2021
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ANSTO User Meeting 2021
24–26 November 2021
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AINSE Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) School
30 November–2 December 2021
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Mercury Australia Symposium
14–15 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.

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

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