External sources of travel funding

A*STAR Research Attachment Programme

The Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR) Research Attachment Programme (ARAP) is a collaboration between A*STAR and partner universities to provide research opportunities at A*STAR Research Institutes and Consortia. Under this programme, PhD students from overseas universities will spend one to two years at A*STAR Research Institutes under the joint supervision of staff of the A*STAR Research Institutes and the overseas university.

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Asia Science and Technology Portal

The Asia Science and Technology Portal is designed to assist young researchers in the pursuit of R&D opportunities and international collaboration in Asia by providing information on job vacancies or international meetings in East Asia.

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Australian Government’s Endeavour Awards

Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are internationally competitive, merit-based scholarships provided by the Australian Government that support citizens of the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas to undertake study, research and professional development programmes in Australia and for Australians to undertake these programmes overseas. The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships programme forms part of the Australia Awards initiative established in 2009, which brings together under one banner scholarships offered by the Department of Education (the Department), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

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Australian Research Council grants

The ARC funds research and researchers under the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP). These programs are grouped into Discovery, Linkage and Centres.

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Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS)

The gateway to research and industry partnerships with Europe.

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Embassy of France in Australia

The Embassy of France offers funding programs for collaboration with France, including the Scientific Mobility Programme.

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Georgina Sweet Travel Support for a Femal Keynote Speaker in Quantitative Biomedical Science 

The University of melbourne is offering up to three awards of $3,000 each year to support attendance of a female keynote speaker at an Australian quantitative biomedical science conference.  Applications are open at any time until awards have been allocated for the year.  

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JASON: Postgraduate Scholarship Database for Australia

JASON is a postgraduate scholarship search engine. Scholarships in the database apply to Australian students wishing to study at home or abroad, and to international students wishing to study in Australia.

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National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) research funding

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is Australia’s peak body for health and medical research; for health advice; and for ethics in health care and in health and medical research. About 8,000 Australians, most under the age of 45, are employed on grants from NHMRC. Australian researchers can apply for NMHRC funding through schemes ranging from scholarships to research programs.

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

The Education, Science and Technology Branch of the Washington DC Embassy attends a number of meetings with the National Science Foundation (NSF) throughout the year. To more broadly share the information gleaned from such meetings the Embassy has produced the National Science Foundation (NSF) Programmes Supporting US Scientists make International Linkages: An Informal Guide for Australian Scientists, first edition, as an initial guide to major NSF programmes of interest.

This informal guide is not endorsed by the NSF.

The seven National Science Foundation (NSF) programmes we have identified in this paper are the most internationally focussed of NSF’s many programmes and Australia is a nominated partner in two of those seven programmes.

This paper provides an initial guide for Australian scientists hoping to collaborate with new or existing US partners and how those US collaborators might access NSF programmes and associated funding.

Australian scientists are not eligible for direct funding from these NSF programmes, however to potentially benefit from NSF funding and US collaboration they should:

  • make their current or potential US partner investigators aware of these programmes; and
  • encourage the US partner investigator to include Australian research collaborations in their applications.

NSF Programmes Supporting US Scientists make International LInkages: An Informal Guide for Australian Scientists, first edition (PDF, 410 KB)


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The Fyssen Foundation

The aim of the Fyssen Foundation is to support research in psychology, neurology, anthropology, ethnology, human paleontology and archaeology. The Foundation offers Research Grants and Postdoctoral Grants for researchers to work in a French laboratory in keeping with the Foundation’s goals.

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