Early Career Researcher Grant (ECRG)

A one-time payment of up to A$10,000 to support Early Career Researchers.
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Applications close 31 July 2024

What is it?

The Early Career Researcher Grant consists of a payment of up to A$10,000 given to persons in the first five years (full-time equivalent) of their postdoctoral research career.

The grant can be spent on fieldwork and conference travel costs, publication fees and printing costs, and laboratory consumables (all 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’s discretion.

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Am I eligible?

Eligible applicants must be in their first five years (full-time equivalent) of employment in a postdoctoral Early Career Research position at an AINSE Member Institution. 

Allowances are made for career breaks when assessing the five-year FTE eligibility requirement.

The postdoctoral research work must be undertaken in collaboration with ANSTO. Recipients must be listed on an approved proposal to commence work at an ANSTO facility between 1st October 2024 – 31st December 2025 (success in the ECRG application will be contingent upon success in a relevant ANSTO portal round)

Download the 2024 ECRG Terms and Conditions

How do I apply?

To apply for the ECRG, you must have established a connection with an appropriate ANSTO collaborator on the instrument(s) you will be using for your research, and plan to commence work at an ANSTO facility under an approved proposal within the grant period specified in the Terms and Conditions. 

You must complete the application form using our online application portal prior to the application deadline.

Applications open: 1 May 2024
Applications close: 31 July 2024, 11.59 pm AEST

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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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