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


The call for applications is currently open

Closing date

January 31 2023 - 9:00 AM AEDT

The call for applications for a junior scientist to travel in 2023 to the National Institutes of Health in the USA is now open. The deadline for applications is 9am (AEDT) Monday 31 January 2023


The Australian Academy of Science invites expressions of interest from junior scientists who are no more than 30 years of age (at the time the application is submitted), 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.

The duration of the visit is expected to be between 6 and 13 weeks and must occur between 1 May 2023 and 1 March 2024.


Only citizens and permanent residents of Australia living in Australia at the time of application are eligible to apply. Proposals in any health-related field of natural science will be considered with preference given to proposals relating to research in the area of cancer.

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

At the time of application, applicants should:

  • Show an intent to enrol in PhD study in an Australian institution, demonstrated by correspondence confirming receipt, or acceptance, of a PhD enrolment application, or
  • Be in the first two years of a PhD degree or equivalent.

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 US$3,000, and a once-off living allowance of up to a maximum of A$400 provided by the Adam J. Berry Memorial Fund (AJBMF). Additionally, a small daily stipend during the stay in America may be available at the discretion of the NIH host lab.

The program does not provide funds for bench fees, visa or insurance costs. The successful participant must obtain comprehensive travel and health insurance and provide a copy of their certificate of insurance to the Academy when claiming the grant funding.

Assessment and final approval process

An assessment panel will review the expressions of interest and create a shortlist of candidates for the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (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.

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.


Applications are to be submitted through an online webform found here. Applicants must provide a research proposal of maximum 500 words, summarising what they expect to achieve from their visit to NIH.

Applications must include the following as attachments:

  1. Proof of Australian citizenship or Australian permanent residency
  2. Copy of correspondence with potential host(s) at the NIH in relation to visit, including acceptance of visit
  3. CV and publications list
  4. Referee report from previous or current supervisor. Read information for referees.

DEADLINE – 9am (AEST) Monday 31 January 2023.

Notification of outcome: April 2023.

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. Report templates will be provided to the successful recipient.

For further information contact

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

Phone: 02 6201 9467


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.

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