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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

SAAFE Research Internship Program: Applications Now Open

AINSE, in partnership with ANSTO and the Embassy of France in Australia, are delighted to announce that applications for the 2022 SAAFE Program are now open, in anticipation of the resumption of international travel in 2022.

The Scholarship AINSE ANSTO French Embassy (SAAFE) Program is an exciting international exchange opportunity open to early career researchers at the PhD and postdoctoral level. Up to $7,500 AUD is provided to each successful applicant towards supporting travel and/or accommodation expenses in Australia or France.

Eligible applicants must be a PhD student in, or hold a postdoctoral appointment at, a French university or Australian AINSE-member university, OR be enrolled in a PhD in collaboration between French and Australian institutions.

The research internship is required to start within a 6 month period after international borders open in 2022.

Applications close 15 September 2021. For more information, including an application form and terms & conditions, please visit our SAAFE website.

New AINSE Technical Skills Top-up Scholarship: Applications now open

AINSE are excited to announce a new opportunity 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 PhD 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 2 applications close 12th July 2021. For more information, please visit our technical skills scholarship website.

AINSE Early Career Researcher Grant (ECRG): Applications now open

The Early Career Researcher Grant (ECRG) is offered by AINSE Limited (the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering) to suitably-qualified persons holding a postdoctoral 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 2021.

The AINSE ECRG is a one-time payment offered to scholars who are in the first five years of employment as an Early Career Researcher, with allowances made for career breaks of a reasonable time frame. The recipient must be listed on an approved proposal to commence work at an ANSTO facility between 1st October 2021 and 31st December 2022.

The award provides a grant of A$10,000 excl. GST that can be spent on travel, accommodation, publication fees, and laboratory consumables 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 discretion.

For more details, including Terms & Conditions and an application form, please visit our ECRG website.

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


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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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 

Australian Society of Molecular Imaging (ASMI) Annual Scientific Symposium
21–23 June 2021
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Professional Development Program: “Academic Resume Essentials”
30 June / 2 July / 6 July 2021
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AINSE Winter School
5–9 July 2021
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AINSE Postgraduate Orientation Week 
18–20 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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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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