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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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.

Technical Skills Top-up Scholarship: Applications now open

AINSE are excited to announce a new round of technical skills training scholarships 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 research 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 for 2022 close on 11.59pm AEST 15th July 2022. For more information, please visit our technical skills scholarship website.

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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AINSE Early Career Researcher Grant: Applications now open

The 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 will be received up to 11:59pm AEST 31st July 2022. For further information, and to apply, please visit our ECRG webpage.

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

26th AINSE Winter School
4–8 July 2022
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AINSE Postgraduate Orientation Week
October 2022 (Nuclear Science Week)
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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
29 November–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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