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AINSE Statement regarding COVID-19:
19th March 2021

The health and wellbeing of our scholars, staff and collaborators is our highest priority. The AINSE team is working to assist all of our members during this time. In developing this precautionary approach, AINSE has consulted widely with stakeholders and taken the national and state guidelines, as well as equity of access, into account. At the AINSE Board meeting held on 19 March 2021, key activities for the March–July 2021 period were discussed in response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

AINSE continues to offer events and scholarships throughout 2021. Our annual AINSE Winter School will remain in an online format in July 2021 and we will work continuously with the research community to explore how AINSE programs can best adapt to support their needs.

Please see the full list of current changes to upcoming AINSE events and programs below until July 2021.

Eligible AINSE scholars are being offered quarantine support to attend ANSTO campuses if required.

All current participants of the Scholarship AINSE ANSTO French Embassy (SAAFE) program have received a no cost extension until 30 June 2022, with the next round of SAAFE scholarships to be advertised in May 2021 for a 1 January 2022 commencement.

The 2021 Postgraduate Research Award (PGRA) application round is on schedule.

Residential Student Scholarship (RSS) application round will proceed on schedule in 2021.

Early-Career Research Grant (ECRG) application round will proceed on schedule in 2021.

Existing PGRA/RSS scholars will be assisted with their individual research requirements and extensions matched with underlying primary scholarships when approved by the host university. 

A new program is planned for 2021 to help postgraduate students with career professional development opportunities.

AINSE continues to support the research community and monitor the ongoing situation.

Please feel free to share this correspondence, of 19 March 2021, with your research community where appropriate.

Kind regards,
AINSE Board and Management.
Friday 19 March 2021


AINSE Residential Student Scholarships (RSS): Applications now open

Eligible students from AINSE Member Institutions who are in receipt of a Research Training Program (RTP) or equivalent award, and undertaking a Research Higher Degree program aligned with ANSTO’s research priorities, can now apply for the 2021 round of the AINSE Residential Student Scholarships (RSS).

AINSE RSS Scholars will receive a stipend of A$7,500 per annum, in addition to extended travel and accommodation allowances, to assist them in their research.

The RSS differs from a Postgraduate Research Award (PGRA) in that a RSS student must be onsite at an ANSTO facility (at Lucas Heights, Camperdown and/or Clayton) for an average of six months per year or more, which can be as a single block of time or as separate visitations.

Expressions of interest are now being sought from postgraduate students whose research topics closely align with ANSTO’s research programmes: The Environment, Human Health, the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Defence and Space Industries, and Fusion. In addition, opportunities may also exist for postgraduate students interested in contracted research and industrial engagement projects in the defence industry area, and for postgraduate students interested in fusion research that aligns with ANSTO and ITER activities.

Expressions of interest will be received until 31 May 2021. For more details, including terms & conditions, please visit our Residential Student Scholarship page.

2021 AINSE Winter School (Online): Nominations now open

The annual AINSE Winter School offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for senior undergraduate students to discover the potential for further research in nuclear science and related technologies. In an entirely-online format in 2021, students can meet and engage with future research collaborators, gain deep insight into ANSTO’s landmark research facilities, and network with other like-minded students from all across Australia and New Zealand.

Nominations for the 25th AINSE Winter School, held online from 5-9 July 2021, are open to all senior undergraduate students interested in learning about the techniques of nuclear analysis. Such techniques have applications across a wide range of disciplines, including archaeology, biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, materials science, medicine, nanotechnology, and physics.

Please visit our Winter School page for more information, and contact your local AINSE Councillor to apply


4th AINSE Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship School

In the first week of December 2020, 57 students from 27 universities across Australia and New Zealand connected online with a host of remarkable STEM leaders at the fourth annual AINSE Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) School. AINSE received funding support from ANSTO and the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer to …

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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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Congratulations to our 42 new PGRA scholars

AINSE wish to extend our congratulations to the 42 postgraduate students who have been selected to receive an AINSE Postgraduate Research Award (PGRA) commencing in 2020.

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$7,500 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.

To date, the AINSE PGRA has supported the training of 449 postgraduate students in nuclear science and related fields.

For further information, please visit our PGRA page.

AINSE 2020 Gold Medal Ceremony

On Wednesday 20th May, AINSE alumni Dr. Cynthia Isley and Dr. Gabriel Murphy were presented with AINSE Gold Medals in recognition of their outstanding research achievements.
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New research in Nature Communications: “The first Australian plant foods at Madjedbebe, 65,000-53,000 years ago”

Australia’s first people were skilled foragers with complex processing techniques for plant foods, according to recent research by AINSE PGRA Scholar Stephanie Anna Florin and her collaborators from The University of Queensland in partnership with the Mirarr people.

Their paper, published in Nature Communications, details analysis of charred plant remains at a site in western Arnhem Land dating back to 65,000 years ago – around the same time that the earliest Aboriginal Australians reached Sahul, the prehistoric super-continent of Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea.

Upcoming Events 

AINSE Winter School
5–9 July 2021
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AINSE Postgraduate Orientation Week 
October 2021
(Nuclear Science Week)
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AINSE Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) School
30 November–3 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.

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