Visit to the National Institutes of Health in the USA for a junior scientist OPEN
(who is no more than 30 years of age)
Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 30 May 2014 for travel in 2015
The Australian Academy of Science invites Expressions of Interest from junior scientists who are no more than 30 years of age at time of application, to visit one of the Institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States of America. Proposals in any health-related field of natural science will be considered. Only Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents living in Australia at time of application are eligible to apply.
At the time of application, applicants should be either:
- in the first two years of a PhD degree or equivalent
- have completed a Masters or a Bachelors with Honours degree
- be in the final year of a Masters or a Bachelors with Honours degree
Under this scheme applicants are expected to be undertaking PhD study in an Australian institution or have an intent to enroll in PhD study in an Australian institution. Applicants can request travel support to access the international leading-edge research facilities and staff of the NIH. The proposed visit should initiate long-term collaborations and facilitate the development of the applicant’s career.
An Academy panel will review the expressions of interest and create a short-list of candidates for the Foundation of the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) to review. The FNIH will select the one candidate that best fits into their current research projects. NIH will provide letters of invitation for visa and related purposes.
Terms of award: The successful applicant will receive a contribution towards the direct return air travel between Australia and the host institution up to a maximum of $3,000USD provided by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH). A once off living allowance of up to a maximum of $400AUD will be provided by the Adam J. Berry Memorial Fund (AJBMF). The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will provide a small daily stipend during the participant’s stay in America.
The duration of the visit is expected to be between six and 13 weeks. The program does not provide funds for bench fees or insurance costs.
This scheme is funded by the Adam J. Berry Memorial Fund and is operated in collaboration with the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. See the National Institutes of Health website for a list of institutes.
Materials to be submitted (in the following order)
- Application form
- Proof of Australian citizenship/Australian permanent residency (only for applicants not born in Australia)
- Publication list
- Copy of correspondence with potential host/s at the NIH
Completed applications, including supporting documentation, must be submitted electronically, preferably in PDF format, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are considered carefully against the selection criteria by a committee of scientists with diverse expertise. The decisions of the committee are based upon the assessed competitiveness of the proposal. The Academy is not able to enter into discussion or correspondence regarding the reasons why an application is successful or not.
DEADLINE for Expressions of Interest: Friday 30 May 2014 for travel in 2015
It is expected that the Academy will be able to notify applicants of its nominations by late July 2014. Please note that the FNIH will then need to select a suitable candidate. This may not occur until November 2014.
For further information contact:
Australian Academy of Science
GPO Box 783
Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: (02) 6201 9412