ACoRN International Travel Scholarships

The ACoRN International Travel Scholarships are intended for Australian postgraduate research students to visit recognised researchers and research groups abroad for longer periods of time. The travel scholarships are enabling grants, providing the seed funding to leverage further support from other sources.

To be eligible to receive an ACoRN international travel scholarship, the applicant must be a postgraduate research student at an ACoRN member organisation, and be registered as an individual ACoRN member. To be registered, the applicant must be in the ACoRN online database and must have signed the ACoRN Register of Participants form on file with the Local ACoRN Representative.

Financial Support

A limited number of international travel scholarships are available, so it is likely that not all requests for funding will be supported. Funding decisions will be made based on the preferences detailed below.

A maximum of $6,000 can be granted with an international travel scholarship. For applicants from ARC eligible ACoRN member organisations, the scholarship will be funded 25% by pledged funding from the member organisation and 75% by central ACoRN funding. For non-ARC eligible organisations, the scholarship will be funded exclusively by pledged funding from the member organisation. For further details on how these funding applications are processed see the ACoRN Procedure for Funding Applications.

An application must include a budget of expenses for which support is being requested.

Support is granted based on the following condition. Within two weeks of returning to Australia, the successful applicant must submit a report to the ACoRN network administrator containing an account of the technical research outcome of the visit. The account of the technical research outcome will be included in the ACoRN annual report.

Selection Preferences

Applications meeting the priorities listed below will be given preference. Applications that do not meet one or more of the priorities below will also be considered. Preference will be given to:

  • Visits of 6 weeks or more (shorter visits may be considered, pro rata);
  • Visits involving joint collaboration with the international host and two or more ACoRN member organisations;
  • Visits establishing new collaborative links of strategic importance;
  • Visits aiming at inter-disciplinary research collaboration.

Application Procedure

The first fields are straight forward – host name; host organisation; date of visit

The next field is entitled Purpose of visit. This is where you justify the purpose of your visit

Who are you visiting

What do they do – what common research areas do you have

What is the research environment like

How big is the group Why do you want to visit

How does this relate to your current research.

The next field, Objectives.

What are the objectives of the visit

What do expect to gain from the visit

What has been agreed upon with the host

The next field Plan for Visit. For a productive visit it is important to have a focussed plan.

What is the plan for the visit

Have all parties agreed to the research plan

Budget. Prepare a complete budget. Include:

Flights

Accommodation

Other travel expenses (specify what they are)

Funds requested

How much is requested from ACoRN

Other sources of funding

ACoRN funding is intended to leverage other sources of funding. The limits of International Travel Scholarship grants are $6000.00 for a visit of six weeks. This can be pro-rata for shorter visits.

Use the following online application form to apply.

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See the ACoRN Procedure for Funding Applications for more details regarding the application process.

Scholarships are part of the ACoRN Postgraduate Education Program.