2018 Australia–Americas PhD Research Internship Program

Status

The call for applications for the Australia–Americas PhD Research Internship Program for 2018 is now open. The deadline for applications is 23:59 (US EST) on Friday, 19 January 2018.

Completed electronic applications must be received on or before this date. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

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Details

The Australia–Americas PhD Research Internship Program is intended to support the Australian Government’s National Strategy for International Education 2025. It is funded by the Australian Government’s Enabling Growth and Innovation Fund and administered by both the Australian Embassy in Washington DC and the Australian Academy of Science.

American second- and third-year postgraduate research scholars in education, science and engineering fields of study are invited to apply for the Australia–Americas PhD Research Internship Program.

Through placements of up to eight weeks in an Australian eligible research organisation (ERO) participating scholars will build collaborative partnerships with Australia early in their research careers, fostering ongoing collaboration between Australia and the US.

The eight-week placement (June to August 2018) will be preceded by a two-day orientation program in Canberra, Australia’s national capital, which is intended to introduce participating scholars to Australian culture, science policy and higher education infrastructure. The orientation program will also present an opportunity for US participants to meet program participants from Latin America. The placement will conclude with a one-day debriefing session where participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences in Australia with other participating scholars.

The end date of the placement may be extended at the participating scholars’ expense; however, scholars must be in Canberra on 12 and 13 June 2018 to participate in the orientation program and on 9 August 2018 for the debriefing session.

Interested applicants should propose a collaborative research project or a specific activity that has been developed in consultation with the host researcher in Australia. Advice on how to find a host researcher is available (DOCX, 36KB). Proposals will be assessed, as per the selection criteria, at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC.

Terms of award

Successful applicants will receive from the Australian Government’s Enabling Growth and Innovation Fund, though the Australian Academy of Science:

  • costs associated with participation in the orientation program and debrief session (accommodation, catering, ground transport) (up to ~A$1,500)
  • a one-off living allowance of A$3,500.

Note: an allowance for international travel and domestic travel in Australia of approximately A$3,500 (which may be required to participate in the orientation program and debrief session) is expected to be provided by the applicant’s home institution. In addition, if any project-related travel is required, this will need to be provided by the applicant’s home institution.

Eligibility

The applicant must:

  • be a citizen or permanent resident of the US (evidence required)
  • not be an Australian citizen, dual national or permanent resident of Australia
  • be enrolled in the second or third year of a PhD course (in education, science and engineering fields of study) at a US university, federal institute or other recognised research institution
  • have been accepted by an Australian host researcher, affiliated with an eligible research organisation (ERO), to undertake the research internship
  • have support from their US home institution (from the applicant’s PhD supervisor)
  • submit their application and all required supporting documentation by the deadline.

Fields of research

Researchers in the following fields are eligible to apply for the fellowships:

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Education

Consideration will be given to ensure the cohort of participating scholars reflects diversity in the contexts of gender, geographic location (both in terms of scholars’ home institutions and chosen Australian host institutions) and scientific discipline.

Eligible host institutions

Applicants may select an Australian host researchers that is affiliated with an ERO. A list of EROs is available (DOCX, 36KB).

Reporting requirements

Successful applicants will be required to submit two reports of their visit, an initial report within 30 days of the completion of the program and a final report, 12 months after the completion of the program.

Supporting documents

To be eligible, the following supporting documents must be submitted with your application (in the following order):

  1. Enrolment letter from a US institution that offers a PhD program in one of the eligible research fields
  2. Proof of US citizenship/permanent residency (e.g. passport, birth certificate, permanent resident card)
  3. Academic transcript for current degree
  4. Supporting documents that attest to the qualifications mentioned at the fourth selection criterion
  5. Letter of endorsement from the home institution (PhD supervisor)
  6. Letter of recommendation from the host institution (identified host researcher)

Selection criteria

Eligible candidates will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  1. Well defined research program in Australia, explaining the methodology and proposed steps for practical implementation of the project in Australia (40%)
  2. Written statement about how the research internship will progress the bilateral relationship between Australia and the US and strengthen research collaboration (20%)
  3. Statement on how participating in the program will further the applicant’s academic and professional career (10%)
  4. Clear evidence of academic achievement to date; awards, patents and publications in the chosen field of study; extra-curricular projects and activities and any relevant work experience (10%)
  5. Endorsement from the home institution (from the applicant’s PhD supervisor) with regard to the candidate’s leadership, research and networking skills (10%)
  6. Letter of recommendation from the host institution (identified host researcher) recommending the candidate for the internship and referencing the potential for further collaboration. Whilst no financial support is expected from host researchers, he/she should also acknowledge that in-kind support (work space, computer, access to lab, mentoring, etc) will be provided (10%)

How to apply

APPLICATION DEADLINE – 23:59 (US EST) Friday, 19 January 2018.

Completed applications, including application checklist and supporting documentation, must be submitted electronically in PDF format to international_admin@science.org.au.

Timelines

Date Activity
19 January 2018 Applications close
28 February 2018 Applicants notified of the outcome of their application
12-13 June 2018 Internship program commences with a mandatory orientation program
9 August 2018 Mandatory debrief session
9 August 2018 Internship program concludes

Applications will be assessed, as per the selection criteria outlined above, by a panel of experts with diverse expertise. All successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application, no later than 28 February 2018.

It is important to note:

  • Only queries that are submitted to international_admin@science.org.au will be responded to.
  • The decision of the expert assessment panel is final and cannot be appealed.
  • Individual feedback cannot be provided due to the anticipated high volume of applications.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to find his/her Australian host. Neither the Australian Embassy in Washington DC or the Australian Academy of Science can assist with this.

More information

For more information, contact the program coordinator at the Australian Academy of Science: international_admin@science.org.au

© 2017 Australian Academy of Science

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