Visit to the National Institutes of Health in the USA by a junior scientist

Status

The call for applications has now closed. The Academy expects to notify applicants of the outcome in September.

Details

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 the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States of America. See the National Institutes of Health for a list of institutes.

Eligibility

Only citizens and permanent residents of Australia living in Australia at time of application are eligible to apply. Proposals in any health-related field of natural science will be considered.

At the time of application, applicants should:

  • have an intent to enrol in PhD study in an Australian institution
  • be in the first two years of a PhD degree or equivalent
  • be in the final year of a masters or a bachelors with honours degree or
  • have completed a masters or a bachelors with honours degree

Under this scheme, applicants are expected to be undertaking PhD study in an Australian institution at the time of travel. 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.

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 $2600 and a once off living allowance of up to a maximum of $400, 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 6 and 13 weeks. The program does not provide funds for bench fees, visa or insurance costs.

An Academy panel will review the expressions of interest and create a short list of candidates for the FNIH to review. The FNIH will select the one candidate that best fits into their current research projects. The FNIH will provide letters of invitation for visa and related purposes.

Reporting requirements

Successful applicants are required to submit two reports of their visit, one within 30 days and one 12 months after returning to Australia. The reports can be found under the reporting guidelines below.

Materials to be submitted (in the following order)

  1. Application form (RTF, 284 KB)
  2. Proof of Australian citizenship/Australian permanent residency
  3. Publications list
  4. Copy of correspondence with potential host/s at the NIH in relation to visit, including acceptance of visit

DEADLINE – 9am (AEST) Monday 12 June 2017

Completed applications including supporting documentation must be submitted electronically, preferably in PDF format, to grants@science.org.au.

Notification of outcome: September 2017

Important notices

Applications are considered carefully by a selection committee with diverse expertise convened by the Academy. The decisions of the committee are based on 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.

For further information contact

International Programs
Australian Academy of Science
GPO Box 783
Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: 02 6201 9412
Email: grants@science.org.au

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.

Reporting guidelines

Successful applicants are required to submit two reports of their visit, one within 30 days and one 12 months after returning to Australia. Photos of the visit are welcome.

Past participants

© 2017 Australian Academy of Science

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