Academy launches Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scientist Travelling Research Award

June 01, 2018
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The Australian Academy of Science has launched an award to recognise research in the natural sciences by outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD students and early- and mid-career scientists.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scientist Travelling Research Award aims to support the expansion and growth of each scientist’s research networks and international knowledge exchange, through visits to relevant international centres of research.

Australian Academy of Science President, Professor John Shine said he was committed to increasing the Academy’s cultural and gender diversity.

“Two annual awards of $5,500 are available, with additional support provided to attend the Academy's Annual Science at the Shine Dome event,” Professor Shine said.

Aboriginal medical doctor and researcher Professor Alex Brown, Chair in Aboriginal Health at the University of South Australia, also welcomed the award.

“It’s a really good start. I’d be disappointed if that was as far as it went, however it’s something that I’d be happy to continue to strongly encourage (as it’s) an investment in the next generation of Aboriginal scientists,” Professor Brown said. He made the comments at the Academy’s Science at the Shine Dome gala dinner, where the award was officially launched.

“We are out there. There are a lot of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people coming through the ranks. Some of them early in their careers. Some are advanced but unknown and not talked about because they are busy getting on with the job.”

Applications close on Friday 27 July 2018. Successful applicants will be announced in November for projects/travel to be carried out in 2019.

More information about the award.

© 2018 Australian Academy of Science

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