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AINSE Honours Scholarships: Applications now open

Eligible students from AINSE Member Institutions who are enrolled in an Honours (or equivalent) program for some period between 1st January 2022 and 31st March 2022 can now apply for the 2022 AINSE Honours Scholarship.

AINSE Honours Scholars will receive a one-off A$5,000 stipend to assist them in their studies.

Applications close on 15 March 2022. For more details, including terms & conditions and a link to the online application portal, please visit our Honours Scholarship page.

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.


2021 Year in Review

It has been another year of significant challenges for the Australian and New Zealand STEM community, as the COVID-19 pandemic entered its second full year and the resulting necessary restrictions continued to significantly disrupt research activities. Under these difficult circumstances, our AINSE scholars and their ever-supportive ANSTO co-supervisors have nevertheless achieved excellent research outcomes through …

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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. The 2020 award recipients were joined by family, friends and colleagues as they were virtually presented with the medals by AINSE President Professor Ian Gentle, and AINSE Managing Director, Michelle Durant. Dr. …

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Congratulations to our new ECRG and RSS scholars

AINSE are delighted to announce the awarding of 17 new Early Career Researcher Grants (ECRGs) and 6 new Residential Student Scholarships (RSSs) in 2020.

The AINSE ECRG provides up to A$10,000 to scholars in their first five years of a postdoctoral Early Career Research position who are undertaking research in collaboration with ANSTO. The grant can be spent on laboratory consumables, travel and accommodation costs, and relevant conference registration fees associated with the collaborative research project. Carer requirements, including childcare costs, are also eligible for funding under the ECRG.

The AINSE RSS is a top-up scholarship provided for postgraduate students needing to stay at ANSTO facilities for an average of 6 months or more per year. The RSS provides a stipend of A$7,500 per annum in addition to $5,000 per annum in travel support. An additional accommodation allowance is provided for eligible students travelling interstate or overseas to access ANSTO facilities.

AINSE wishes to congratulate our new cohort of ECRG and RSS recipients. We look forward to seeing the fruits of their innovative research projects, undertaken in collaboration with the world-class facilities at ANSTO.

For further information, please visit our ECRG and RSS websites.

Congratulations to our new SAAFE scholars

AINSE wish to extend our congratulations to Meltem Bayrak and Sachini Pathirannahalage, our two new Scholarship AINSE ANSTO French Embassy (SAAFE) recipients for 2020.

The SAAFE program supports Early Career Researchers at PhD and postdoctoral levels to travel from Australia to France – and from France to Australia – to initiate sustainable research networks and linkages to support Australia and France in research and innovation.

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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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6th AINSE Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) School
29 November–2 December 2022
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AINSE is proud to support conferences and events through the provision of sponsorship funding and travel assistance for attending students. Click below for more information.


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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